Front Arm Decal Instructions

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Singer 15 Class Sphinx  Front Arm Application

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Gather supplies needed


Scissors, dish container for water, spray bottle (optional), artist brush, non porous paper plate or similar.

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Scissors
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Spray bottle
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Small Artist brush
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Paper plate
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Small dish for wetting solution
Dish Detergent or
Glass Cleaner
Dish for soaking decals

Wetting Solution.

Mix a few ounces of water mixed with a few drops of liquid dish detergent or as I often use window cleaner.  These solutions make the surface slippery and allow easier movement of the decal.

Trim decal as per trimming instructions.

Each order includes extral black practice pieces.  Use these first in order to get familiar with the process.


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Start by placing the decal face down in the water tray.  This helps to redue the curling in the beginning. image


After 10-20 seconds, turn the decal over face up.
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After about 45 seconds, remove the decal from the water and set it on a non porous surface to give the adhesive more time to loosen,  I often use a paper plate for this.


Gently push the decal to test if it has completely loosened on the backing paper.  Do not push it off the paper.

Once the decal moves freely, prepare the surface of the area where the decal will be placed.
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Use a sprayer or artist brush to apply a liberal amount of "wetting solution" to make the machine slippery.  The is very important to allow the decal better movement and to be positioned where it needs to be.
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Position the decal.

Begin by slightly bending the decal and  paper to keep it touching the machine.  This is important as you don't want the decal to fold under the paper as it is sliding off.  Make sure the paper stays close to the machine as the decal paper is being removed.
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Gently slide the decal off the paper a little by holding on on to the edges of the paper.  Keep your fingers on the area where the paper is and gently pull the paper out from under the decal.  Make sure to keep the paper close to the machine all the way.
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Gently pull the paper out from under the decal.  While the paper is still under the decal position the decal as close to the final position as possible.  They are difficult to move once in place. image


At this point make any minor adjustments to the position of the decal by GENTLY pushing the decal into the proper placement and even out any wrinkles.

Notice on the left side there is a little curling of the decal.  This is because I did not keep the paper close to the machine surface of the machine while pulling the paper out from under the decal.  It turned out okay as I was able to brush it down without it folding under itself.

The compound curves on both sides of the machine make for a little more difficulty in getting the wrinkles to lay flat,  The decals provided will stretch a little but it is important at this point not to press hard on the decal at this point.

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Begin brushing LIGHTLY, from the center of the Sphinx out to the edge concentrating on the areas where there are wrinkles.  LIGHTLY go around the area 2 or 3 times working out the bulk of the wrinkles.  Brush the entire decal this way. image


If there a few small wrinkles remaining stroke the brush on the wrinkle while GENTLY pressing the area with your thumb to the side.  Repeat this process on all the remaining wrinkles. image



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You can also use a damp towel or tissue to press out the small creases as the last step.
Gently rub from the inside out to the edge.
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