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Thread: Do I have to fuse fusible batting?

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    Super Member janRN's Avatar
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    My neighbor gave me a package of queen-sized fusible batting. I've never used this before. First off, where in the world would I iron something that size? I want to use it in a wall hanging and even that is too big for my ironing board and making sure the backing is smooth.
    Can I just use it like regular batting? Can I spray baste or should I just use pins if I don't have to fuse it?
    Thanks for your help!

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    If you are not comfortable using it, then use what you are comfortable with. I have never used the fusible batting. Not sure I would because I don't want gunk on my batting. I put my sandwich together the old-fashioned way, with tape to hold down, and pins to secure.

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    I would have no idea how to iron something that big.

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    you can easily cut it to usable sizes, use it for totes or it would work very well for your wall hanging. do not spray it with anything, you will really make a mess!
    lots of people press large pieces of fabric...and battings, you have to do it in sections. i usually use the floor, i spread the batting out, smooth it nice and square, then put the top on top of it making sure everything is nice and smooth...press until i have the complete top pressed to the batting, let it cool, then turn it over, smooth it out again place the backing on, and press. i always pin or stitch baste around the edges to really hold it when quilting but not everyone finds it necessary. you can just baste and quilt and ignore it's fusability but spray basting will not work with it.

    when i use my floor i make a large ironing board...i put down a couple layers of batting then a piece of muslin over it to work on. i do not press the sandwich right on the floor.

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    I used the fusible for first time since the pattern for "Bow Tuck" asked. It's more expensive but I was very impressed. Like warm & natural as much. Can not do the floor
    part but am able to use big tables put together at church or club.Have to iron it the same system as pins ---start in the center and work to the edge. Treat it like any batting except realize it has glue on one side. Good luck

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    You can cut it smaller. That being said, I've made several wallhangings with fusible batting and haven't been happy with it. I wouldn't buy it again. It doesn't adhere well to starched fabric and it easily comes "unfused" so I'd never attempt anything larger than a wall quilt with it.

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    Cut it to size for your latest project. I just used it to make a 48 inch long Halloween quilt as you go table runner and it worked great. I just bought 2 more yards of it to use for some other projects including a jelly roll strip tote bag! If you can't exchange it at a store I'd cut up.

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    I had some fusible batting .. queen size. I bought several thinking this was going to be just wonderful.... it was not. Now I use them with spray basting just like a regular batting. Just do not try to preshrink them... the dryer will fuse some parts to other random parts in the dryer... quite the mess!!

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    I used some of this several times and did not like it. The glue clumped up and was hard to quilt thru. I used a cordless iron on the floor which was hard on my back. My batting was older so that may have been the problem. I might try newer stuff if it was given to me. I'd rather spray baste or use pinmoors.

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    I recently used fusible batting in some place mats. It worked okay for that, but I wouldn't use it for anything much larger. I had some trouble with the backing getting small wrinkles - that was probably just me, though. They were easy enough to get out, but it doesn't stick well for very long. I prefer the spray basting method.

    I would consider using this again for something small. It was quick to use.

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