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Thread: help, no pressing cloth for applique

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    Has anyone come up with an alternative to a pressing clothe for applique... I am too cheap to buy one... but every once in a while I really need one... guess I will have to break down...Quilter 1234

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    Would a scrap of cotton fabric work? My pressing cloth is kind of stiff but I can't remember if I bought it that way or if it's from all the ironing.

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    If you have some of the all cotton dish cloths, some people came them flor sackcloths that will work perfectly or if you have some muslin that will work.

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    I press my applique upside down on a thick terrycloth towel. That keeps it from getting that 'flattened out' look.

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    if you're talking about something to put over the applique when you iron it onto the fabric, you can use parchment paper from the grocery store....lots cheaper than the teflon pressing cloths.

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    thanks... I will try that. Quilter 1234

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    I used an old thin dish towel. Any thin piece of cloth will do.


    Quote Originally Posted by quilter 1234
    Has anyone come up with an alternative to a pressing clothe for applique... I am too cheap to buy one... but every once in a while I really need one... guess I will have to break down...Quilter 1234

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I press my applique upside down on a thick terrycloth towel. That keeps it from getting that 'flattened out' look.
    Yep, this is how I press my applique as well!

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    what I need is the pressing sheet that you can iron applique on and it won't stick, this lets you get your entire picture set before you iron it to your final piece. I don't think I made it very clear in my question. Quilter 1234

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    a teflon pressing sheet

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    Try the parchment paper. Often near the plastic wrap area to the grocery department.

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    Just use the parchment paper it works great recently I have found it here in our dollar stores.The excess glue cleans off by rubbing it off with your hands and it cools in no time!

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    Try Parchment paper

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    I've always used a large man's handkerchief - they are soft, and just the right size for most of what I want to iron.

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    I put the parchment under and on top of the applique pieces for good measure. It works great. It's rather inexpensive and I'm amazed at the difference it makes in baking cookies, too.

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    The release paper from the fusable works really well too :wink: :D:D:D

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    I cut the back out of a cotton shirt I no longer needed. It's tiger-striped so I get a chuckle every time I press.

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    I once bought one of those cheap metallic ironing sheets (22x44). It is a piece of metallic fabric, a layer of foamy stuff (!) underneath it, and a flimsy layer of something that started disintegrating right away.
    What made that thing totally useless was the outer binding (some kind of binding anyway). It made the whole thing curl upward.

    I took the metallic fabric, replaced the foam with cotton batting and used that to cover a small wooden ironing board (just a cut down from some underflooring).

    The left-over metallic fabric is ideal for messy ironing jobs.

    The ironing sheet only cost US $ 7.95 (amazon.com). So I got quite a bit of mileage out of it so far.

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    A quilt instructor once showed me to use two paper towels, one above and one below.....works perfectly and I haven't had any problems whatsoever. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I press my applique upside down on a thick terrycloth towel. That keeps it from getting that 'flattened out' look.
    Yep, me too!! :thumbup: It works great!!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    The release paper from the fusable works really well too :wink: :D:D:D
    If you want to see through it, I would try this. Works for me

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    I use a pillowcase or cloth napkin. Sometimes I just use a thin kitchen towel.

    I will try the parchment paper. I hadn't thought of that.

    The cloth napkins and pillow cases work well. :)

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    Paper towel works for me.

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    I got a silicone cookie sheet, made by Wilton, to use when I put my pieces together. It doesn't stick and I haven't had a problem with it yet. Found it with other Wilton cake/cookie supplies.

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    I thought the shiny side of freezer paper would work too? Am I wrong?

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