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Thread: how to handle Fusible applique shadows?

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    Super Member leatheflea's Avatar
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    how to handle Fusible applique shadows?

    I'm currently working on a christmas quilt that will have white fusible applique on top of red patchwork. After searching the net over I've found a few articles that state I need to fuse muslin or any fabric behind the actual applique peice. Not one of these articles suggested a product for fusing or weather or not to window the fusing just like you do a normal applique piece. So any suggestions on fusing the two pieces together? I was wondering if there was a light weight fusible that would wash away? And if it would be large enough to do lets say a fat quarter, or bigger? Am I making any sense?

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    Are you going to do hand applique or machine? If you will be sewing it down with the machine, you may want to try spray basting the layers together and then treat the two layers as one.

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    Hmmmm, that's a tough one isn't it? Usually I would window a light appliqué over a dark background and cut away the bottom layer. Is it a simple shape that you could sew 2 of the shape, stitch the edge and turn right side out? That would give you 2 layers of the shape ready to stitch down. A white on white fabric might be dense enough that the red may not show? I think fusing two layers may give a stiff appliqué unless you use something like Misty fuse. Maybe someone else will have a brilliant solution for you.

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    Any time I've run into that situation, I've not fused it down. I've turned under the edges instead, and cut away the background when I'm done. If your heart is set on fusing, the other suggestions in this thread are good ones.

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    Not sure that this product makes sense in your case, but to answer your question about a wash-away that can be stuck on (not sure that it would be called a fusible though), Sulky makes one called Solvy Sticky. http://www.sulky.com/stabilizers/stickyfabrisolvy.php

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    Im doing a raw edge applique, I forgot to mention that.

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    I thought of spray basting, but I had a bad experience with spray basting. It looked good for about a year after the quilt was finished and then it turned yellow! So I got out my other quilts that I had used different spray basting, and they all to some degree were turning yellow inside the quilt. So I no longer use the stuff. I suppose if you dont use white fabric or light fabrics it would be ok. Generally I lean towards quilts with lots of white.

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    If you are doing raw edge applique I would just cut 2 whites put a spot of Elmers washable school glue in the middle and press. that would hold them together while you stitch them down. Let the stitches do the 'fusing' IMHO

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    I will be watching this thread. I did some snowman appliques, and some of the fabric under the snowmen showed through. I tried doubling the fabric but it made it so stiff and heavy. I was fusing, and using wonder under.

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    I had this same problem and used a light fusible and made two and fused them together, it was a white rabbit on
    dark fabric and that worked. If it had been a larger applique another way is to use interfacing, sewing it to your applique and then cutting a slit in the interfacing and turning it, can be stitched any way you want onto your background.

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