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Thread: Stiff Applique

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    Junior Member stephaniequeen's Avatar
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    I have used fusible applique and found the fabric to be stiff afterwards. So I then tried elmers glue to keep the applique adhered to the fabric...the fabric wasn't stiff, but leaves some marks on the fabric. Will that wash out? I have also tried a glue stick...with some success too. I have heard of window applique. What is that and does the fabric remain stiff? :?: :?: :?:

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    The Elmer's glue will wash out. I like to cut the center out of the fusible and just leave 1/4" or so around the edge (I believe that is the window applique you are referring to). For example, you cut a circle, then you cut 1/4 inside the circle and just fuse the ring. That way, the rest stays soft and you can quilt if you want an it won't gum up the needle so much. I also like to use Lite Steam-a-seam. That in itself is a little softer than some of them.

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    Yes, yes, yes....makes all the difference doing a window...takes a little extra time (which we all have a lot of) but the results are very different and quite nice.

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    There's a product called Shades Softfuse......It's very expensive, but isn't stiff at all....Makes for wonderful machine applique....

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    heat n bond has not only the light, but also the Featheweight now! Mistyfuse is also very light weight.

    If you iron the Elmer's glue, it could yellow the fabric later on!

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    if you use a lightweight fusable --- like steam a seam lite or heat & bond lite- when the finished project is laundered-it softens right up. the only ones that stay stiff are the heavier ones not meant to be sewn.- the ones used for wallhangings that are not intended to be laundered- or used as a quilt.
    elmers glue and glue sticks wash out when laundered too. if you want it to be really soft while still working on it- try misty fuse-
    also windowing means you trace your shape- then when you cut it out you also cut out the center of it- so only about 1/4" of it is adhered to the fabric- the center does not have fusable- it's only around the edges.

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    Ditto on all the above...leave the 1/4 cut out center of lite heat bond (I use) I also use Wonder under...washable glue stick also good.

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    I prefer Steam-A-Seam 2 and cut out leaving 1/4 inch as mentioned.

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