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Hi everyone,

I’m hoping someone can advise me on my project.

I have been making leggings (the leggings are made of 94 percent cotton, 6 percent elastane) and sewing heart patches on the new out of vinyl/faux leather material.

I have made many of these but every so often, I have to replace one because the seams rip the leggings around where the heart was sewn. It is like the vinyl/faux leather is not stretchy enough, so someone who bends their knees alot puts a lot of pressure on the stitches and then it rips the cotton/elastane legging material.

Currently I am seeking any advice or suggestions such as;

1. Is there any other way of attaching these patches PERMANENTLY and must be washable so that they do not rip. Ex; fabric glue.

2. I look into fusible web, but seems that you cannot use it with vinyl. What non-fray materials can I use with fusible web? Does ultrasuede work? And is fusible web fairly flexible while still being permanent and durable?

3. Are there any other iron-on solutions that will not be plastic or papery feeling?

Thank you for any help you can offer me!

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    Mar 20, 2013, 04.01 AMby allmystuff

    Maybe….some stretchy nylon thread? Are you using cotton thread or polyester thread and it’s just not ‘giving’ enough? Maybe also not as tight a tension, and a flexible stitch? It seems as though like you say the thread/patch are not ‘giving’ with the stretch of the pants.

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