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Fusible applique - how to not fray the ends?

Old 09-12-2010, 09:50 AM
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I had done some fusible applique in the past. I used Steam-a-seam Lite 2, I believe. When I went to do the stitching on the side, it completely mangled the fabric. I was doing the zigzag stitch, trying to get it halfway on the fabric and halfway on the background. I also tried straight stitching on the inside, but whatever I did, the edge fabric was fraying like crazy and it just looked so unfinished and unpolished. I dislike hand applique since it takes so long but the edges look so beautiful and clean. I was using cotton fabric onto muslin and cotton. Any suggestions for how to make that happier?? Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:53 AM
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Oh, and the way I was doing it was to use the double sided fusible, attach it to the applique piece, cut, place onto the background, iron.

NOT like how they do here: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/artic...achine_Fusible where they sew the fusible to the applique first. Is there a better tute for that method? I can't see the pictures :( And can I still use the steam-a-seam 2 Lite for this method?
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I used heat and bond to the back of the fabric fist and then attach it to the background , no problems
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are you using a fresh sharp needle? What size?
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by sharon b
I used heat and bond to the back of the fabric fist and then attach it to the background , no problems
Do you mean no problems when you're stitching it down later? Just want to make sure :)
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by DebraK
are you using a fresh sharp needle? What size?
Noooo idea (it was a few months ago that I had the applique problems. Not I'm back trying to applique a quilt and figure out what I did wrong, after I forgot most of it :D). Most likely not a fresh needle, and no idea what size
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:04 AM
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No problems stitching it down or fraying fabrics :thumbup:
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:29 AM
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I was taught to sew with the right side of the stitch just off the edge of the fabric I don't know if that helps but I use heat and bond light and dont have this problem
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I use steam-a-seam, but I set the blanket stitch so it edges the outline. For me the center placement of fancy stitches just does not work.
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This may be another place where good old spray starch would help! :-D :idea:
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