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Thread: Interfacing - ugh!

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    Senior Member meyert's Avatar
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    Interfacing - ugh!

    I am working on a project that has taken on a life of its own.... I have used 40+ yards of pellon fusible interfacing ... with no problem. It fused well and all went as planned My problem is that the last 5 yards or so just is not fusing. I don't know if I got a hold of a bad bolt or what the problem is... my question is can I just use this as is? I have spots that are fused and other spots that are not. If I sew this in my quilt (back of a T shirt) will that work? I am frustrated and not sure I have the patience to iron again. what do you think?

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    Were the t-shirts washed? Did you use a fabric softener with the t-shirts? That might be the cause of the problem.

    Are you going to be quilting through the t-shirt pieces or tying? The reason to fuse is for stability, so it is best fused completely so I would try to fuse it again. If you are going to do a fair amount of quilting you might get away with spray basting it instead.
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    Senior Member meyert's Avatar
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    well, honestly I don't know about the fabric softener. I got the shirts from my sister (my nephew's) just like I go all of the other shirts from her. I would think that they all would have been washed the same (whether with fabric softener or without) I don't know how much quilting I am going to do just yet - but some of these have logos so I won't be quilting too terribly much. So maybe I need to wash them again myself - leave out the fabric softener, so I can eliminate that from the equation. Thanks

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    When I have issues with fusible sticking I turn to my spray basting to make it stick. As stated earlier, using fabric softener and dryer sheets can inhibit the interfacing from sticking.

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    I only use the fusible to stabilize while sewing the t-shirts together. There is an on line t-shirt quilt maker that doesn't use fusible at all. I think you are fine with it only fusing in places. As long as your edges aren't all stretchy and curling up you should be ok. Go for it.

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    Senior Member meyert's Avatar
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    Thank you for your replies. I re-ironed them and put them through the washer again...and that time over half of them worked..I still have 2 pieces that are loose and 1 piece that just fell off completely. Since they have been rinsed I am going to iron again... if they stick good if not I think I am going to try the spray basing.. I never have tried that.. I like trying new things. Happy 4th of July!!

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