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Thread: heat n bond versus fusibles?

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    Hi, I am a new quilter who's been doing some applique on the blocks, so far using heat n bond. In some videos I see people using fusible web (?) for applique. Does that work the same as heat n bond, or is each product for a certain application? Thanks!

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    It works similarly HeatnBond gives a firmer piece.

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    Heat & Bond light is a little softer. I like Lite Steam-a-seeam 2. It adheres to the fabric before you press and allows you to reposition before you iron. I especially like it on smaller pieces. At least they don't shift when you put the iron on them. Another thing I do on larger pieces is to cut out the middle of the fusible, leaving just the perimeter on the edge. The center is soft like a hand applique, but fused at the edges.

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    Another option is to use Elmers glue around the edges to hold the pieces in place. It washes out, is cheaper, and heat sets with a dry iron in seconds :wink: You can hand or machine sew through it, and it does not gum up your needles. It keeps the fabrics softer feeling too, as you are not fusing them all together and then they feel stiffer.

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    Eleanor Burns uses fusible interfacing for more hand appliqued look. Go to her website and I bet there is a tutorial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie1001
    Hi, I am a new quilter who's been doing some applique on the blocks, so far using heat n bond. In some videos I see people using fusible web (?) for applique. Does that work the same as heat n bond, or is each product for a certain application? Thanks!
    I also prefer Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite over Head n Bond as it seems softer to me.

    MistyFuse is a newer fusible web that people rave about. I'm not sure if it comes with a paper backing or not. The advantage of MistyFuse is that it is a very fine fusible that does not stiffen the fabric. If it doesn't adhere to a paper backing, though, the way that other fusibles do, it may require adjustment in how the pattern is drawn on the fabric. Maybe you draw directly on the MistyFuse after it has been fused to the fabric? I don't know. If I had more time tonight, I'd look for a Youtube or other internet video on MistyFuse.

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    Thanks for all your answers! I've never heard of using Elmer's glue for doing applique. When you heat set it with an iron, don't you mess up your iron? Do you put a scrap piece of fabric between the iron and the applique? If it works, it seems like a much less expensive alternative.

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    First of all, welcome newbie1001! This is an awesome, informative board.

    Second, thanks to all of you for the great hints/suggestions. I haven't done much applique, but I'll be more willing to try it with these ideas.

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    Another thing I do on larger pieces is to cut out the middle of the fusible, leaving just the perimeter on the edge. The center is soft like a hand applique, but fused at the edges.[/quote]
    This is the was I use Heat and Bond. I haven't used the other products. I am going to try the glue. I found the tips the other day so there's another project on my "next" to do list.

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    I saw Nancy Zieman cut out the center for fusing and thought that was a good idea but isn't it wasteful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    I saw Nancy Zieman cut out the center for fusing and thought that was a good idea but isn't it wasteful?
    It's not wasteful if you save the centers to use for smaller pieces of applique.

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    ok her is my question i tried the basting spray and hated it got on EVERYTHING so i have made my own double sided fusible fleece this works great for wallhangings my quilting turns out wonderfully no shifting and hardly no puckers so what can i get that will temp fuse my quilt top batting and backing is there a fusing product that will keep my quilts from moving while quilting and will wash away or is not stiff i really like doing this i know it is a little more work but my stuff turns out soooo much better can someone please help me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angieh1964
    ok her is my question i tried the basting spray and hated it got on EVERYTHING
    Here are a couple of suggestions to spray baste without it getting on everything.

    Lay down a king-sized flat sheet to catch overspray; toss in the laundry when done.

    Use 505 (no one has complained about it not washing out of a fabric).

    When spraying, walk around the quilt and spray from the edge towards the center; minimizes overspray.

    Spray outside in the driveway. People have posted about setting up a table outside, leaning insulation boards against a closed garage door, taping a sheet to a garage door or garage wall, setting up sawhorses with plywood on top to spray baste.

    Personally, I think creating a temporary setup in the driveway is the best and easiest way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    I am going to try the glue.
    If you use the Elmer's glue, be aware that it will not permanently fuse the applique edge to the background fabric. It's fine if you want a ragged-edge applique, or if you want to use a satin stitch edging for the applique, or if it's for a wallhanging that will not be washed.

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    heat and bond is a fusable...it is just a brand name, same as steam a seam and wonder under. all are fusables and can be used for applique. some are stiffer than others, some are difficult to hand stitch through, some need to be sewn some don't try what ever you find and decide what works for you and what you like for the projects you make. as with everything else some like one not the other, it's a personal choice, usually based on what's available and what your final project will be used for.

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