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Thread: collage quilt fusible web

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    collage quilt fusible web

    Will be doing a collage quilt with a buddy soon. Pattern says to use Steam a Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web and it seems the only place to get this stuff is online with a delivery date into second week of May. i have just a few sheets of the 9" X 12" sheets. Any substitutions or suggestions?

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    How about Misty Fuse? It is a fusible web, so doesn't come with a paper backing. However, it's easy to add one. Just iron it between two sheets of parchment paper and peel off one sheet while the paper is still warm. The biggest difference between Misty Fuse and Steam a Seam is that Misty Fuse is much softer, whereas Steam a Seam will add a little stiffness. Personally, I would prefer Misty Fuse.

    Also, I don't know about nowadays, but I believe Steam a Seam 2 went out of production for awhile because the makers of the unique paper on it went out of business. It wasn't available for a long time. When it finally did become available again, I saw people complain that the paper no longer was easily removed. I used the original version years ago and liked it but, once I found Misty Fuse, I wouldn't go back.

    Edit: I just went to Amazon and found Steam a Seam 2 available there from third party sellers. Here is the link:

    Edit 2: I see that Steam a Seam 2 does not require sewing down. Misty Fuse does, unless it is used in a wall hanging. If used in a quilt, it would need the edges sewn down to be permanent. Reading the Amazon reviews, I see that the newer complaints about Steam a Seam 2 are that the paper is so thick you need a light table to trace onto it, and some people found it difficult to get a tracing tool to work on it.
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    For collage quilts I have used: Elmers washable school glue which then required stitching all elements in place, wonder under and misty fuse. Both wonder under and mistifuse also require stitching all elements in place, but I find it less messy to deal with fusibless thsn the glue and you don’t need to wash the quilt to remove the fusibles like you od with glue. Both wonderunder and mistyfuse are light and drapeable. Wonderunder has a release paper while mistfuse does not.

    My process uses fusible just to tack the pieces in place long enough to get them to my machine. Some folks place a laer of tullee over the whole poece to help keep everything in place and then stitch. If you don’t mind some stiffness you could use an acid free glue stick that doesn’t wash out.

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    Joanns sells Steam a Seam 2 in sheets on the notions aisle. The LQSs around me sell it by the yard. This is my favorite fusible.

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    I bought some at Hobby Lobby.

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    check out Susan Carlson. Her collage method uses glue.... She is very generous with her method and there are alot of tips and a few videos.


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    Heat n Bond makes a double-sided iron-on adhesive; here's a link to the page size printable https://www.amazon.com/3358-EZ-Print...on-on+adhesive
    Liz / Calgary

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    when i'm doing applique by machine, i use ANY type of fusible, and have never had a problem, good luck.
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    Senior Member cindi's Avatar
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    I second Misty Fuse! I’ve used it for many layers of applique, and this stuff is the bomb. No matter how many layers, it’s still soft and drapable.

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    Super Member ArtsyOne's Avatar
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    I found Steam a Seam Light at Hobby Lobby for $4.99 per package. Then I added their weekly 50% coupon that I got online from their website. It worked really well at my collage class and I was able to share with my tablemates.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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