Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Can some explain the different fusibles to me?

  1. #1
    ToucanSam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    1,164
    How they work, what works best for what.....??? I want to understand it I need some pointers...tell me what you like to use and why...:)

    I'm trying to get familiar with this stuff so that I can do some applique/etc. (been avoiding it since I started quilting in January)...just need info!


    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Pam
    Pam is offline
    Super Member Pam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Posts
    3,713
    I like the light weight ones, I do sew through and around them.

    Personally I do not care for steam a seam, it is sticky on both sides, I have dogs in the house and... sure enough, there is an impossible to remove black doog hair tha shows through! Grr, happens everytime. Steam a Seam is a good project, just not for me. I like fusable web, with no paper backing at all. Most hate it.

    Before you buy a product, check it out. See if you can carefully peel the paper backing off just a tiny bit. If it is stuck so hard that you cannot remove a little, it has been my experience that it may NEVER come off, yup I have had that happen, too.

  3. #3
    Super Member lovequilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    1,015
    I love steam a seam lite. I like it for applique and then do a blanket stich around it. I also use the "freezer paper method for some larger applique pieces

  4. #4
    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,590
    Blog Entries
    3
    There are heavy weight fusibles people use for craft items--stay away from that--they make your applique pieces stiff as cardboard and never soften up! If you make a mistake and buy it you can use it for wall hangings but if you use it on a quilt it'll be like pieces of cardboard all over your quilt! I stick with the lightest weight I can possibly find expecially if you are planning to hand applique. There is also some lightweight fusible that washes out, I bought some but haven't used it yet so I can't tell you how good or bad it is.

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    1,265
    to follow up on Bernie's post, the really heavy ones tend to be ones that are meant for non-sewing projects. If you need to stitch thru the fusing material, be sure you have the kind for sewing. The end of the bolt or attached cover should clearly state whether it is for sewing or not.

    There are some that are slightly tacky fusibles which are good for holding your fabric and fusible together until you're sure it's where you want. However, as Pam says above, you might not want it if you've got black hairy dogs or cats around since it picks up dust and lint.

    Paper backed fusible is good if you want to trace designs for appliques, but as stated above, some papers peel off better than others. In some cases, if the paper doesn't peel off, it may be because you haven't left it to cool long enough, or you left it too long, you may have used an iron that was either too cool or too hot, or something else entered the equation to mess it up. Find one that fits your moods and needs and stick with it.

    And no matter what weight fusible you get, if you want even less stiffness, cut out the center of the fusible piece before you adhere it to the fabric so there is only fusible around the edges...just make sure to lay the piece down really flat before you iron it.

    Using a teflon pressing sheet or even old paper to protect your iron from extra glue is worth the effort or expense.

    Whatever you get, mark it well so you don't get confused at home. And start with small pieces and test it.

  6. #6
    Moderator sharon b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Northern Indiana
    Posts
    20,483
    Blog Entries
    10
    I am using Heat and Bond for applique right now, and I like the way it works, it is paper backed. Everyone has their preferences. Maybe go and get about 1/2 yard of each,. start with something small and see what you like best :thumbup:

    I would advise staying away from the Heavy one though :wink:

  7. #7
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,108
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use wonder under, it doesn't gum up my needle, it is inexpensive, I can draw on the paper side, and it peels off easy. :D:D:D

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.