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STIFF AIDA

Postby Fletch » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:50 pm

Can someone please tell me how I can soften my material , it is like a piece of wood not cardboard , :evil: I have put through washing machine 3 times and not worked , I have soaked it in softner , no good, other than buying more material I just don't know what to do , it is a largish piece of navy aida. :?: :?: :?: HELP PLEASE!!!
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby tubbsy24 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:00 pm

I just get on with it and in no time at all it soon softens on its own with no washing. A nuisance as it's hard to get the hoop to stay on but like I said it doesn't stay stiff for long.
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby CatloverBev » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:03 pm

Sorry I can't help much, but I found this on a website..

"I do cross stitch and sometimes I get stiff fabric which makes it hard to hold and crunches right up.

I have found that washing in it in woolite by hand and then ironing made it softer.

Might worth a try and as you hand washing should not make it shrink".


I would have thought a wool fabric softener, or maybe those soap chips for wool!
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby xstitchderdee » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:08 am

Cant help you with that, but I prefer the stiff aida as I dont use any hoops or frames when stitching. I like to roll my fabby up from both sides and hold it together with a hairgrip so I try to use the stiffer kind.
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby Ozzy » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:10 am

Wash it first to help soften it with a bit of fabric conditioner x
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby twigs » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:57 am

I stitch 'in hand' and find that after a few hours the fabby has softened up.
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby Piper » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:27 am

I just leave it as it becomes more pliable as your using it.
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby Helenaz0 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:28 am

I just use it too
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby westie mom » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:53 pm

I'm with CArol on this - I just use it and it "softens" up with use!
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby HoneyGirl » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:55 pm

tubbsy24 wrote:I just get on with it and in no time at all it soon softens on its own with no washing. A nuisance as it's hard to get the hoop to stay on but like I said it doesn't stay stiff for long.

I do this too. I thought I was the only one. My WIP started off with really stiff aida but I just put it in the hoop and got on with it, now its soft as anything and I have to keep tightening it in the hoop.
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Re: STIFF AIDA

Postby RitaW » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:54 am

I can sympathise with this as I have just finished a baby sampler and like yours,my aida was like cardboard.I washed it and used softener but it was still really stiff,in fact it made my hands go all rough where they were rubbing against it as I was sewing. :(
I have just started another kit and thankfully the aida is nice and soft. :) Just a shame the pattern has a mistake on it :( Have emailed DMC twice about it,still waiting for a reply.
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