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    I appreciate the good suggestions, but as to "I might be using the wrong fusing material". OK, do I use: woven/non-woven, iron-on/sew-on, fusible web/tape/interfacing/adhesive, reg. fusible material/light/firm/dbl.stick? Can any be left on? Thanks...if anyone bothers to read thru so many question?

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    Eightylady, I am glad you are asking all these questions. I am new to applique too and am picking up some good tips from the answers. Keep asking!

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    Wonder Under

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    I use Steam N Seam which can be purchased at JoAnns. The quilt in my Avatar was made with this product.

    Quote Originally Posted by eightylady
    I appreciate the good suggestions, but as to "I might be using the wrong fusing material". OK, do I use: woven/non-woven, iron-on/sew-on, fusible web/tape/interfacing/adhesive, reg. fusible material/light/firm/dbl.stick? Can any be left on? Thanks...if anyone bothers to read thru so many question?

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    Yes, Love Steam-A-Seam....

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    another question - how do you apply the fusing material? If you cut out the shape in the fusing then fuse it to the material then cut out the material, you will usually end up with some loose threads on the fabric since few, if any of us can cut exactly identical shapes/lines.

    The more effective way is to put fusing material on the back of the applique fabric before cutting out your shape - this ensures that you have fusing material all the way to the edge of the fabric shape. If you use fusible with paper, you can trace the design (in reverse) onto the paper, rough cut the design, fuse to fabric then do the fine cut of the design.

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    I love steam a seam2. Have tried other brands...don't like them.
    make sure you aren't leaving your iron on too long. It over melts the sticky stuff and it doesn't work right. Just a light once over is about all you need.

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    The directions are clear on the Steam n Seam product. You end up cutting out the pattern fabric with the bonding attached to the back so there are no edges to fray. I do a lot of floral applique, so being able to move the pieces around before permanetly ironing to fuse is great.

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    you will also wan tto use a lite fusible.
    the heavier ones are almost impossible to sew thru even with a machine and make a very stiff quilt
    my suggestion is to buy a yard of a few different ones and try small projects(pillows or potholders)
    this will give you an idea of what you like to work with
    I like the lite wonder under or Pellon

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    I use Heat'n Bond Lite, it's my favourite.

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    I use wonder under and have never had any problems.
    Trace your shapes onto the paper cut it out a bit larger and fuse to the fabric.
    Then cut it out on the lines for a crisp clean cut.
    Handle the fused pieces very gently once the paper has been removed...it may be fused, but the edges can stretch, especially when removing the paper backing.

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    I use Wonder Under Lite. Using light box (or window) copy pattern onto paper side of fusible. I cut out each piece individually even if using the same fabric and fuse to wrong side of fabric per instructions on pkg. Cut out each piece and then fuse to base fabric, starting with the "behind" pieces. I usually use the applique stitch on my Baby Lock, or the buttonhole stitch. I like to use Transparent Nylon Quilting Thread. I do most of the stitching before sandwiching but do all the echo or stippling after sandwiching layers.

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    Just curious, have you tried needleturn? You don't have to go through all of that. :-D

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    A friend of mine just turned me onto Wonder Under. I LOVE it. I made a sample Gingerbread House yesterday. I must say for a beginner at applique, it came out wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    A friend of mine just turned me onto Wonder Under. I LOVE it. I made a sample Gingerbread House yesterday. I must say for a beginner at applique, it came out wonderful.
    Can we see, huh? can we, can we??

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    Under Wonder is good but so is the lightest weight fusible at Walmart. It comes in a fairly large roll for only around $5.

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