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    A few weeks ago Joanne's had a sale on 10 yards of Fuasble interfacing for 2.99...normal price 9.99. I have no idea what I am going to do with them. I bought 3 but figured it was a good sale and since I am still very new at sewing thought I may use it for something. Do any of you use Fuasble interfacing for quilting and if so for what type of projects?

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    I use it for T-shirt quilts, purses and have used it on white fabric to make it less see thru and on craft projects and purses.

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    appliques, but you do want the lighter weight fusible if using on a quilt. Some of the more heavier fusibles make things too stiff. so if you plan to use on a quilt, test out a smaple piece first. I didn't the first time and was quite disappointed that my large appliques were too stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    appliques, but you do want the lighter weight fusible if using on a quilt. Some of the more heavier fusibles make things too stiff. so if you plan to use on a quilt, test out a smaple piece first. I didn't the first time and was quite disappointed that my large appliques were too stiff.
    I think you mean using fusible web not fusible interfacing for appliqué. The purpose of fusible interfacing is to add stiffness. Fusible web is simply an adhesive.

    There are many types and weights of interfacing and that will determine what it is used for. Do you know what brand and product number you bought?

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    One thing I use it for is putting labels on my finished quilts (whenever that happens!!! Actually, quite often.) I cut the fusible the same size as the label, sew them right sides together, slit the interfacing so I can turn everything right side out. The label can then be pressed to the quilt and won't slip around while I hand stitch it on.

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    You can use fusible interfacing to combine pieces of batting instead of sewing it. Just cut it into 1.5" strips. I used the lightest weight from JoAnn's. At the price you mention, you probably have the lightest weight also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    appliques, but you do want the lighter weight fusible if using on a quilt. Some of the more heavier fusibles make things too stiff. so if you plan to use on a quilt, test out a smaple piece first. I didn't the first time and was quite disappointed that my large appliques were too stiff.
    I think you mean using fusible web not fusible interfacing for appliqué. The purpose of fusible interfacing is to add stiffness. Fusible web is simply an adhesive.

    There are many types and weights of interfacing and that will determine what it is used for. Do you know what brand and product number you bought?
    You can use light weight fusible interfacing for applique, Eleanor Burns has a technique she teaches in her shows.

    You cut out your applique shape out of the fabric and fusible.
    Put the right side of fabric facing the fusible side of the interfacing.
    Stitch around the whole outer perimeter of the piece.
    Make a small clip in the center of the interfacing, turn the piece right side out.
    Smooth and shape the applique piece so it lays nicely.
    Iron the applique piece onto the block, border or quilt top.
    Hand or machine sew the applique pieces in place :D:D:D

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    [quote=ghostrider]
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    appliques, but you do want the lighter weight fusible if using on a quilt. Some of the more heavier fusibles make things too stiff. so if you plan to use on a quilt, test out a smaple piece first. I didn't the first time and was quite disappointed that my large appliques were too stiff.
    I think you mean using fusible web not fusible interfacing for appliqué. The purpose of fusible interfacing is to add stiffness. Fusible web is simply an adhesive.

    There are many types and weights of interfacing and that will determine what it is used for. Do you know what brand and product number you bought?[/quote

    I actually wanted to use the interfacing. I didn't want my edges to fray, and I didn't want background fabric showing through. I then used a glue stick to hold them in place when sewing. After my first one, I found a very lightweight fusible interfacing that actually was described to me for using on appliques for quilts. It served my purpose and worked just fine. I also have used the wonder under or stitch witchery for appliques, but found either worked just fine. Her question was about using interfacing, not webbing.

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    I have a friend who uses it in quilting. I don't care for it as it is too stiff. But I do like the very light interfacing for applique' work.

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    I use it on hearts or sunbonnet sue appliques. i do the Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day method where she traces the heart onto the fusible (non bumpy side) and places that on top of the fabric, sew on the traced line. then snip an opening in the fusible and turn right side out.
    that turning places the bumpy side on the back and you fuse it to your background fabric and sew down by machine.

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    I stand corrected...by all of you...and learned something in the process! :oops:

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    I use it on the back side of the lining in bags. It give a firmness to it - and it is not flimsy.

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    I also purchased a mini bolt at the same sale. I will use it for T shirt quilts or as a stabilizer for machine or even simple sewing machine embroidery. If also works great if you want to make a firm foundation for a button hole etc. You could even use it as a foundation for those postcard quilts that are popular for the holidays.

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    My main use for fusible interfacing is an odd but practical one: I iron it to my tissue paper pattern pieces (for patterns I use a lot, such as purses/totes, dolls, clothing - you get the idea). It makes them last forever.

    Other uses are for:
    - interfacing caps, hats or hat bands, collars, pockets and sleeve cuffs (BUT, be sure to cut the interfacing piece's seam allowance back to 1/8" or 1/4", not the full seam allowance to reduce bulk while retaining shape)
    - interfacing purses (so they stay pretty much erect)
    - interfacing straps to purses and totes
    - interfacing flat ornaments, keyring fobs, etc.

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    One of my favorite uses for fusible interfacing is to iron it onto a tissue paper pattern that I know I will be reusing. It works really well and your pattern will last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    I use it for T-shirt quilts, purses and have used it on white fabric to make it less see thru and on craft projects and purses.
    I agree!! If it is interfacing and not fusible web.

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    I ordered some of that and 4 days later I was emailed that it sold out! - If you want to sell any of it, let me know!

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    A few weeks ago Joanne's had a sale on 10 yards of Fuasble interfacing for 2.99...normal price 9.99. Do any of you use Fuasble interfacing for quilting and if so for what type of projects?

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    I also use it for attatching quilt labels. Also on another thread on this site someone mentioned you can use it to cut into strips and fuse scrap pieces of batting together I thought that was a SUPER hint.(this was just in the last couple of days)

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    I also use it for em quilt labels after reading someones post here.
    Also now using it in placemats and runners in stead of batting. Lays flatter.
    Gale

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    I use it for coasters and placemats. Works great, the stiffer the better for me.

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    t-shirt quilts, cross stitching on sweatshirts or applique- there are a bunch of uses for this stuff- great buy!

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    I have used it to attach emblems on clothing, cutting it in strips to use up strips of batting, applying a lining to the backs of embroidered bookmarks and to apply appliques to a background fabric.
    A thin strip helps hold a hem in place too so you don't need to pin before hand or machine stitching it in place. Fusible interfacing is a handy thing and has many uses where you need stability without the use of pins.

    Carol J.

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    You can use light weight fusible interfacing for applique, Eleanor Burns has a technique she teaches in her shows.

    You cut out your applique shape out of the fabric and fusible.
    Put the right side of fabric facing the fusible side of the interfacing.
    Stitch around the whole outer perimeter of the piece.
    Make a small clip in the center of the interfacing, turn the piece right side out.
    Smooth and shape the applique piece so it lays nicely.
    Iron the applique piece onto the block, border or quilt top.
    Hand or machine sew the applique pieces in place :D:D:D[/quote]

    Thank you, I was thinking along those lines (and going to try) - and possibly some really finer material (using small pieces) to maybe give them a little oomph?? I was going to try a few pieces on a test block to see what happened but I was also thinking of using it to maybe draw your pattern or shape on and then affix it to the material and go from there.
    Marysewfun @-->-

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    Oops - it appears I deleted something that formed the quote for the lady I was "quoting". Sorry.
    Marysewfun @-->--

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    Is fusible interfacing fusible on both sides or just one side?

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