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What products are best to use to applique stretch cut-out designs onto stretch lycra?

Question:  I am just starting out making gymnastics leotards in stretch lycra for my grand-daughter.  I want to know what products are best to use to applique stretch cut-out designs onto stretch lycra. I figure I need a water-soluble "glue" sheet which will allow the fabric to be flexible when it is worn, and also a water soluble "stabilizer" for when I am sewing on the applique - is this correct?  (from Magaret Neith - VIC)

Suggestion 1:
  You need to use applique wonder or visafix to the piece of fabric that is the cut-out.  Make sure you have an applique mat when you are ironing the applique to the main garment.  You must use a needle to suit stretch fabric and sew slowly.  There won't be any stretch in the applique piece as the glue will become a little stiff.  the needle is very important as the use of an incorrect one will result in small holes and ladders will appear.  I hope this will help.  (Helen Senior from Glenroy, VIC)

Suggestion 2:   I have tried several techniques.  The most successful (though time-consuming in the extreme) was to cut out the applique and spray it with embroidery spray on the back, place it on my fabric then lightly iron on (and pin) a tear-away stabilizer on the top, then zig-zag sew the edges through the stabilizer.  This seemed to hold the lycra without any stretching.  The most time-consuming bit was pickikng out the tear-away from between the stitches.  I also tried the same technique but pinning a water-soluble fabric on the top of the applique instead then zig-zagging - this was OK, but did lead to a bit of "waviness" on the lycra.  (Magaret Neith)