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Thread: Fusible Batting - refuses to Fuse! I am confused!

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    Super Member SueSew's Avatar
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    I thought it would be perfect choice for easy placemat quilting but NOT. First, it completely flattened out. Thinner than a slice of cheese in a sandwich. Well, it is low-loft - so ok.
    THEN the cursed thing won't stick to my nice ordinary cotton fabric.
    And it is flatter but as stiff as a piece of corrugated cardboard box.
    Furthermore, as soon as I picked it up, it started to come unfused.
    To add insult to injury, it then got all wonky/wrinkly when I tried to 'fold' it up to get it under the swing machine.

    Fortunately I am making practice sandwiches with a mistake fabric I bought from equilter.com which was supposed to be yellowy but was pinky. Grrrr.

    Does anyone have a suggestion? I am ready to throw out the fusible and run back to Joannes, leaving dinner in the oven, to get something different.

    If you can help, I am grateful for advice and will not re-FUSE it LOL!
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    sorry, only idea I have is to dampen it and hope that would make it fuse better. Know the cheese sandwich syndrome :cry:

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    Sometimes with a product like that you have to spend a good bit of time ironing with some good downward pressure. Start from the inside and work your way to the edges. Leave the iron on it for longer than you normally would for just fabric only.

    I used some kind of fusible product as a stabilizer for a purse. It took a lot of muscle and patience to iron it on. The edges didn't stay perfectly fused, but I knew that they would be part of the seam allowance anyway.

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    I tried dampening by using iron on steam with steam-push button
    It occurred to me maybe it is because I starched it first.
    Dampening and steam helped but it still peels right off as soon as I pick it up. The pressure of the stiff batting is more than the adhesive glomming it to the fabric can take.

    I am trying another fabric which hasn't been touched by magic sizing, but it doesn't seem to make a difference

    Thanks for your suggestion - I'll keep trying.

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    Which brand are you trying? I use Mountain Mist occasionally and have no problems. I Start out in the middle and flatten out as I press moving outward,applying pressure, then turn to the back and do the same, I do pin around the edges to reinforce.

    I am thinking maybe the batting you got is too old maybe? I was told that these things do go bad eventually. So sorry for your troubles.

    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew
    I tried dampening by using iron on steam with steam-push button
    It occurred to me maybe it is because I starched it first.
    Dampening and steam helped but it still peels right off as soon as I pick it up. The pressure of the stiff batting is more than the adhesive glomming it to the fabric can take.

    I am trying another fabric which hasn't been touched by magic sizing, but it doesn't seem to make a difference

    Thanks for your suggestion - I'll keep trying.

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    You can salvage the batting by using a spray basting. Ask me how I know... Now I just go right to the spray.

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    I was not impressed with the fusible batting I tried. More trouble than it was worth.

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    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread ~ I had not tried the fusible quilt batts yet... sounds like they could be more pain that its worth... Do they all do this? Flatten & get stiff? I have been using W&N and pinning the dickens outta my quilts

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    Did you do a search on here about fusible fleece? It has been talked about before. Reading the directions for the different makers of fusible fleece is a must. I had a terrible time until I really looked at the directions.
    Some need at least 8-10 seconds in each spot to be fussed. It also makes a huge difference about not pressing on the fleece itself, but on the fabric you are fussing it to. Once I actually followed the direction I had very good results. I love using it now, even bought an entire bolt of it. :thumbup:

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    I use tacky glue or Elmer's disappearing purple school stick when i want something to stick when it doesn't want to stick. Both wash right out and doesn't show.

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    Thanks so much - will search
    But can you tell me if this picture is typical of
    the fusible? thank you!
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    that doesn't look like fusible batting at all. what brand is it????

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    that doesn't look like fusible batting at all. what brand is it????
    I agree! It looks like interfacing to me! I used something similar to make fabric boxes.

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    Its from Joanne's and it is a low-loft fusible polyester batting for a twin size quilt. i
    t has been in my closet since Jan because I quickly discovered it wasnt good for a baby quilt -went to hi loft.
    But it is totally wierd - it is worse than interfacing. And thicker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew
    Its from Joanne's and it is a low-loft fusible polyester batting for a twin size quilt. i
    t has been in my closet since Jan because I quickly discovered it wasnt good for a baby quilt -went to hi loft.
    But it is totally wierd - it is worse than interfacing. And thicker!
    Hmmm...I have no clue, but I personally wouldn't use this in any quilt, it is just too stiff since you are able to just hold it like that!! Weird indeed! :shock:

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    that is like Pellon fusible fleece or other used in tote bags. not quilts. did the sales clerk say it was fusible batting for quilts or the label?

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    Low loft fusible batting in a bag with a picture of a quilt on it. Fianlly got it to half-stick by glomming it and leaving it during dinner, which was equally screwed up, sand in artichokes. Maybe tomorrow it will all be different
    but I am going to buy something low-loft cotton at Joannes tomorrow and put this stuff back in the closet. I will check the brand whe n I go back and post it.

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    that picture is what it looks like AFTER I ironed it on. Before that it looks like any old poly batting would, nice and puffy and soft. I created a monster!
    I am going to search the history posts tomorrow on fusible and figure out if I did something wrong. I will post what I find out

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    Something really doesn't look right about it for fusible fleece. Looks like the heavy stuff you use on fabric postcards or something. Maybe it hasn't aged properly. It should not be stiff like that.

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    I have never seen a batting that stiff.

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    I made a purse today and had trouble with the fusible batting also. I had to iron it with a heavy hand three times and with that the edges still did not stay down. Once all the seams were sewn together it was ok.

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    If I were you, I would take it back to JoAnne's and explain what happened. Hopefully they will replace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew
    Thanks so much - will search
    But can you tell me if this picture is typical of
    the fusible? thank you!
    Fusible fleece yes fusible batting no

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    also I find that after you have iron it letting it cool before picking it up helps alot.

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    It sure doesn't look like either of the fusible battings that I tried. I agree that it looks more like a heavy duty interfacing or something like heat-n-bond.

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