Fixing a GlitterFlex Catastrophe

The GlitterFlex is already fused and my stitching is off. Can this project be saved?

I have a confession to make. Remember the apron I stitched using Bonnie's adorable Santa Buddies design? It almost didn't happen.

Part way through the embroidery process I apparently bumped something on my machine. Placement and tack-down stitches were not where they should have been for Santa's feet. Of course, that was after I had already fused the GlitterFlex to the apron. Now what?

Add a bunch of patience and the project was saved.
I used a combination of a stitch eraser, a seam ripper, and a warm iron.
  • Make sure your fabric is basted to the hooped stabilizer so that you don't pull the stabilizer lose. Keeping everything snug in the hoop ensures that stitching will line up properly when you stitch it again.
  • Remove stitching first. Work from the back side and support your fabric and stabilizer to keep them snug in the hoop.
  • Here is where patience pays off. Clip/erase stitches in small sections at a time to prevent shaving a hole in your fabric.
  • Carefully remove clipped threads from both the front and back and start again.
  • Once threads are gone from the GlitterFlex that you want to remove, run a warm iron over the GlitterFlex to soften the adhesive.
  • While GlitterFlex is warm, it can be peeled off of the embroidery surface.
  • Repeat as necessary.

Reattach the hoop and go back to where you left off of the design to finish embroidery.

Project is saved!

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  • Bonnie Welsh - January 28, 2020

    Deborah—Most dealers carry stitch erasers or are happy to special order one for you. You can also do a Google search for Peggy’s Stitch Eraser and several sources will pop up of where to buy for comparison shopping on price. =)

  • Deborah Johnson - January 28, 2020

    I dont see how to order stitch eraser I’m brand new to embroidery so I guess this would be an essential to have. Where do you get them

  • Bonnie Welsh - January 22, 2020

    Terri—I’d like to take credit for this “great save” but it was Debbie who created this cute project and saved it. I agree with you though that I’m sure it took a lot of patience to take all the stitches off. =)

  • Terri Crawford - January 21, 2020

    Great save, Bonnie! Excellent step-by-step. Oh, by the way, you really need to put a bigger emphasis on the word “patience”. ;-)

  • Bonnie Welsh - January 20, 2020

    Debby & Mary, You’re most welcome! Most things are fixable one way or another. =)

  • Mary Moore - January 20, 2020

    Thank you. This is really good to know.

  • Debby - January 20, 2020

    Oh, thank you!!!

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