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Thread: Help with fusible fleece....

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    I'm making a tote bag and this is my first time trying it, as well as my first time with fusibles.

    I fused the fleece to the fabric as directed. But here and there, it seems to want to pull away from the fabric. 92% seems to be intact, but here and there....so should I fuse it again? The pattern says 'quilt as desired' and I don't have a darning foot so I was not going to quilt it. If I could, that would obviously keep the fusible in place even more but since I can't, any suggestions?
    Should I just keep putting it together or try to fuse it some more? I guess I know? that it can pull away regardless of how much I fuse it since it's not concrete.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I am just getting started on using the fusible fleece for a wall hanging. I have never used the fusible stuff before and have misplaced the directions. Could you help?

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    That is just to hold it in place so you can quilt it.

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    Do you have to steam ironed or just regular iron?

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    Do you have a walking foot? You could probably quilt it with that.

    Or, just try quilting a sample with your regular foot and see how that looks. A darning foot is necessary only for free motion quilting (with the feed dogs dropped); there are other ways to machine quilt.

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    I will be using both the walking foot for parts then the darning foot for the free motion quilting. I have never used the fusible batting and need to know how to place on wall hanging and how long to iron steam or no steam?

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    sorry just getting used to this forum. That was a reply for TOUCANSAM. It will be good to know if I have the same issues once I get mine put together.

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    the fusable is not a permenent bond, it only holds the project in place so you can quilt it. and granted a walking foot makes it easier to truck along straight i quilt all the time with just my regular sewing foot. stitch at least down some of your pieces to hold it in place.

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    I use Thermolam Plus and it is a permanent bond. I have a press, so I can do large areas at one time. I place the fleece on the press with the fusible side up, place the fabric, wrong side down on top of the fleece and cover with a press cloth. I spray moisten the press cloth and then press for about 15 seconds. I have been doing this for years and it does stay adhered to the fabric. Sometimes I FMQ, sometimes I stitch in cross hatching and sometimes I just leave it as it is. I make a lot of purses and use it for them.

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    Could you do diagonal quilting? Find a 45 degree angle and draw a line. Stitch on the line and then about 1 1/2 inches on either side (use the quilting guide that came with your machine, if you have one). When finished that direction, do the same going the other way so you have criss-crossed effect. That would serve the same purpose as a meandering stitch. You really do need to quilt it, the fusible fleece is just mainly to hold it in place for you to be able to quilt it without having to pin or baste. And since it is a tote bag, it will hold up so much better.

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