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    Have any of you done this before?

    I'm watching Sewing with Nancy, and she is showing how to use a fusible .. for instance, heat n bond lite, transweb or any similar that has paper on one side and fusible on the other. She puts just a bit, maybe an inch worth of fusible, and fuses it down about a fist apart, on both the top of the batt and on the fabric on the bottom (probably not explaining this right, but I think you know what I mean) then she removes the paper, presses all over with a hot iron and voila ... it is fuse basted! She is showing it on a small project but I can see how this would work great on lap quilts etc.

    Wow what a great idea.

    I've never pin basted a quilt. I was taught to use spray baste and that is how I've always done it. I can't wait to try it with fusible interfacing. I have lots of it cuz I buy it when it is 50% off at Joanns, usually around holidays, and use it all the time when creating fabric postcards. I think it would be tremendously less expensive than a can of spray baste.

    So if you have done it, please explain your experience. If you haven't b4, do you think you will give it a try?

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    Wow, I have never heard of it but it sounds like a great idea. Can't wait to try it out, basting is the hardest part of quilting in my opinion.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kat

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    I saw that program also. I have not tried it yet but thought it looked like a good idea- if you do it please let us know who it worked :D

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    I do it all the time for bindings as well as other stuff. Works well. One note : heat and bond lite stains some batiks ( found out the hard way) .
    I hate pinning and use fusibles ALOT in place of pins on some parts of projects.
    I found wonder under is the easiest to sew through, heat and bond lite is a bit stiff ( that why I use it only for bindings, that I will machine sew) . Steam a seam is a great bond but is a bit stiff and can be harder to sew through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I do it all the time for bindings as well as other stuff. Works well. One note : heat and bond lite stains some batiks ( found out the hard way) .
    I hate pinning and use fusibles ALOT in place of pins on some parts of projects.
    I found wonder under is the easiest to sew through, heat and bond lite is a bit stiff ( that why I use it only for bindings, that I will machine sew) . Steam a seam is a great bond but is a bit stiff and can be harder to sew through.
    Thanks Lori for your input!

    I also have wonder-under but don't use it often, guess it is cuz my last batch I was challenged with the paper releasing before I even got to cut it for use... maybe it was an old piece of yardage. I'll have to look at my transweb, it probably is lighter as is the wonder-under.

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    I have not checked this out yet, but I am thinking she is using either a cotton batting or warm and natural etc. If you pressed a poly batting, you would flatten all the loft or maybe even melt the batting it seems.

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    In my old days of sewing we used stich witch, it on a roll like tape would be, has anyone used it for application or
    anything. It seams thin enough.

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    No probs for me, I don't use poly batting ... just warm and natural or even flannel.

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    Don't you get little 'dimples' where you put the fusible pieces? I can see fusing/spray basting the whole thing, but it seems to me that you would be able to discern where the fusible was used and where it wasn't...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Don't you get little 'dimples' where you put the fusible pieces? I can see fusing/spray basting the whole thing, but it seems to me that you would be able to discern where the fusible was used and where it wasn't...
    I wondered that too. Thanks for asking.

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