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    NEED Help!

    I have ? about 'Steam-A-Seam 2 for Applique.
    I've used it in 3 Quilt Blocks and it feels Stiff. Question is have any of YOU used IT?
    Will it Get soft after I wash it?
    I'm going to Start a new Quilt w/Applique and if this will Not get Soft, What Do you All know about that Does get Soft?
    Thank you ALL for any help you give me Lori K. icon17

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    Icon17, did you make sure that it was lightweight. The first appliques I did I didnt know that there was a difference and talk about stiff. Good thing that they were meant for a wall hanging so it didnt matter much. I recently tried HeatnBond Lite and that is better but still you can feel that something is there. Most should get a little softer when washed but I havent washed any of mine yet to know just how much. I have been told by alot of the members here on the board to try Wonder Under and make sure I get the lightweight stuff. Havent had time. I know that this probably doesnt help much but youre not the only one that has had this problem.

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    I use Wonderunder and "window" large appliques. Windowing is when you trace the outline of the applique and remove all the inner part of the Wonderunder until you have 1/4 inch before the outside cutting line. This keeps even large appliques soft. I stitch down my appliques with a zig zag or buttonhole stitch and I will sometimes remove the double fabric under the window applique. A lot of people like Mistyfuse but I haven't tried it.

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    I use Steam A Seam Lite 2 all the time and it softens when washed. I'm using it right now in a snowman quilt. It feels stiff until washed. A lot of people cut the center out of the fusible and just leave it around the edges. I haven't done that yet. I'm use to doing it my way and don't know if I'll change the way I do it. It seems to work fine for me.
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    Thank you ALL for your Info! and yes I have the 'Lite Weight' Steam a seam I was smart as far as that goes! LOL.

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    The Project I used it in was the Post with the 'Picther/Bowls' Its for my own self so not that big of a deal but the one I'm going to Do now will be for someone else!

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    Here's a recent post with a similar question... Lots of info
    Appli-Soft?
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    I found a new product (well at least new to me) it's called Mistyfuse it is ultra sheer and stays soft and will not add bulk.

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    ScrapQuilter beat me to the recommendation to try Misty fuse. I got mine on Amazon.

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