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Thread: Do I Need To Worry About Applique Pieces Fraying With Heat N Bond?

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    I'm putting together a wall hanging for fall and will be using Heat N Bond to adhere the applique pieces to the foundation fabric and then blanket stitching the edges for a country look. Normally I satin stitch applique edges that aren't turned under but this pattern doesn't allow for turning under and they're difficult pieces to do that with anyways. To make it more country, I was going to do the blanket stitch as the pattern calls for but was just wondering if I should be concerned with fraying? It won't be handled much since it's a wall hanging but with washings, I'm curious how it would fare.

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    I wouldn't worry if it is just a wall hanging.

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    heat n bond is really stiff, i never had any luck trying to sew it, steam a seam lite is a better alternative

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    I've had more success with Heat n Bond lite than with Steam-A-Seam. They are both lightweight. I do hand applique and some of my designs do tend to frey maybe B/C I didn't get a good seal the first time. I use frey check it's soft & flexible just to be sure.

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    I wouldn't worry about it if it's a wallhanging. I've made many using H&B and/or Steam a Seam and have had no problems with fraying. I usually use a machine blanket stitch and they look great.

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    After washing, if you do, you may get some fraying but it isn't much.

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    I use wonder under and a blanket stitch, no problem with fraying :D:D:D

    Try your heat and bond on some scraps and then try sewing through it. If it doesn't gum up and you like the feel of the pieces then go for it :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    heat n bond is really stiff, i never had any luck trying to sew it, steam a seam lite is a better alternative
    In the applique class that I am taking, the teacher highly recommends Steam a Seam Lite! She also said to trace the design, and cut out the middle, so you just have a 1/4 inch around the inside edge, to cut down on the stiffness too. It's an extra step, but great results!! :thumbup: :thumbup:
    It won't fray if it's a wall hanging, I have washed mine on gentle and it hold up without a problem.

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    There are two versions of most of the fusible web products. The 'heavy' version is a no-sew product. It's meant to hold without sewing and will usually gum up your needle if you try to sew through it. The 'light' version must be sewn on or it will eventually come off.

    My experience is most of these will fray a little bit when used/washed (especially with an open edge treatment like blanket stitch) but that look doesn't bother me especially when you're going for the country look.

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    Ah, I should've specified that I'm using the Heat N Bond Lite but I usually use that stuff on wall hangings, where I don't mind the stiffness. For my bed quilts, I tend to use Steam A Seam. Just a personal preference. To make it a bit lighter, I did cut out the center of the Heat N Bond Lite pieces so that only the outside edges remain. I like it to be a bit flexible but still stiff for a wall hanging. But, I normally satin stitch raw edges so I didn't know about the fraying.

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