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Thread: New method for fusing applique

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    I am thinking of trying a spray glue to apply my applique instead of a fusible web. I think this would work exactly like the process for hooping interfacings, etc for embroidering. I am going to be machine stitching the applique and definitely do not want any of the layers in the applique to shift so I am planing on using Super 77 spray glue. I know it works on fabric, doesn't seem to gum up my needle. What experience has anyone had with spray adhesives instead of fusible webs? Is the adhesion as strong?

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    I think the only problem you might have is unless you statin stitch around the raw edge of the applique it may fray when laundered. That is one advantage of fusiable, at least for me.
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    You only need adhesion to the point of completing the applique. I think the spray would probably work fine. For some really small pieces I have used a small dab of glue rather than fusible to hold it down while I machine stitch around it.

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    Sounds like a fabulous idea ,although I am just now venturing into applique.

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    Would you use a spray like 505 or something stickier?

    I never thought of doing that, but I seem to remember a Fons & Porter episode where one of their guests used spray adhesive to hold fabric in place while doing foundation piecing. As I recall (and I'm getting old so my memory isn't great!) they had a little box that they did the spraying in so it wouldn't get on everything else.

    If it works well, it would be a big money saver, too.

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    I do plan on satin stitching all around the edges. I think I will completely stitch all the inside stitching on the different layers before I apply the applique and only stitch the outline stitch on the quilt itself. I haven't decided if I a m going to use blocks or a whole quilt approach. I thought I would use Super 77 adhesive.

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    you won't be happy. That glue is NOT made for fabric. It will be gummy and will turn stiff and yellow over time.
    Just cut a bit of fusible and save yourself the heart ache of using a product that is not meant for this application! OR even use a washable glue stick dab in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    you won't be happy. That glue is NOT made for fabric. It will be gummy and will turn stiff and yellow over time.
    Just cut a bit of fusible and save yourself the heart ache of using a product that is not meant for this application! OR even use a washable glue stick dab in the middle.
    :thumbup: :thumbup: Agree, glue stick is great idea...

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    I'm confused. the can definitely states it is for fabric and since it will be between layers of fabric how will a person know if it turns yellow or not? I definitely need the whole piece of applique glued down just as it would be with a fusible web.

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    I found some glue sticks in the scrapbook supplies. It did not say if it was water soluable, so I called the company--Scotch. I was told that ALL of their glue sticks are water soluable--good to know. Also the fusable is permanent, so when you sew around it the edges are already fused. I don't think I would be happy with spray on glue unless the edges are satin stitched. I also want the center of the applique to be flat, and it wouldn't be after the quilt is washed. I don't like the "bubble" effect.
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    This spray Super 77 is not water solvable, so when it is dried it will not wash out so there will not be that bubble effect. That seems a plus factor for this brand of adhesive.

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    I think it would be easier to use MistyFuse:
    http://www.amazon.com/Mistyfuse-Mist.../dp/B000PFPSJI

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    Is there some reason you don't want to use a fusible web?

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    I use 505 or sullivans all the time.

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    Spraying was the first method I learned for machine applique. Thought it was really neat until I had shifting on the fabric.

    Now I use paperbacked fusible or if I want to turn it, I use a very thin fusible - can't remember the name - bought it at the quilt store and still have a lot of it in a ziploc bag. Less bulk with paperbacked fusible.

    If you do several layers, then trim the paperbacked fusible to where it's only about 1/4" wide around the edge of the design before you iron it down on the fabric. You can keep triming the unneeded fabric as you go.

    If you are a hand quilter I would suggest using the no-name applique technique. I can't find the link right now but if someone else knows it, please post it - thanks!

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    Ghostrider, The reason is only that I tried both methods on a test applique and the spray adhesive seemed to be both easier and more accurate. The fusible web I was using is Pellon Wonder-Under Transfer Web and it didn't hold the fabric as firmly as I was wanting it to. I think I am accustomed to using spray adhesive because I use it so much with the hooping for embroidery, although for that I use a temporary adhesive. For my appliques, as as for many of yours I'm sure, the built up thicknesses of the layers gives a desireable 3 dimensional effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL
    Ghostrider, The reason is only that I tried both methods on a test applique and the spray adhesive seemed to be both easier and more accurate. The fusible web I was using is Pellon Wonder-Under Transfer Web and it didn't hold the fabric as firmly as I was wanting it to. I think I am accustomed to using spray adhesive because I use it so much with the hooping for embroidery, although for that I use a temporary adhesive. For my appliques, as as for many of yours I'm sure, the built up thicknesses of the layers gives a desireable 3 dimensional effect.
    Have you pre washed your fabrics? I have had trouble using wonder under if my fabrics aren't washed. It won't stick to the fabric because of the chemicals used in the manufacturing of the fabric.

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    Auntpiggylon, Yes I had prewashed those fabrics. I was still less than thrilled with wonder under. I did use it to laminate the top fabric of 4 placemats to the bottom fabric,
    but pealing the paper off without part of the adhesive coming with it was so difficult that I switched to the Super 77 spray adhesive for the next 8 placemats. It's quick and easy but has a drying time.

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    I use Elmer's School Glue around the edges and iron it dry. The glue stick can fray the edges as you apply it.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    you won't be happy. That glue is NOT made for fabric. It will be gummy and will turn stiff and yellow over time.
    Just cut a bit of fusible and save yourself the heart ache of using a product that is not meant for this application! OR even use a washable glue stick dab in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    Spraying was the first method I learned for machine applique. Thought it was really neat until I had shifting on the fabric.

    Now I use paperbacked fusible or if I want to turn it, I use a very thin fusible - can't remember the name

    If you are a hand quilter I would suggest using the no-name applique technique. I can't find the link right now but if someone else knows it, please post it - thanks!
    You can iron parchment paper to the Misty Fuse for a very light weight paper backed fusible. Light enough to quilt through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    you won't be happy. That glue is NOT made for fabric. It will be gummy and will turn stiff and yellow over time.
    Just cut a bit of fusible and save yourself the heart ache of using a product that is not meant for this application! OR even use a washable glue stick dab in the middle.
    I couldn't agree more spray makes a mess of your needle and gums up your machine and turns thing yellow ...ask me how I know , never again. :(

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    I've never used spray glue like 505 in fusing applique, but I have used acid-free glue sticks in pp and applique for landscape wall hangings. Acid-free glue sticks work just fine... ya know... "a little dab will do ya". You could also do the new "window" fusible method (only uses a thin piece of fusible around the perimeter, which keeps the project softly pliable).

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    Is this sold at Joann's Fabric or other sewing supply places so you don't have to add shipping to the cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GJoyce
    Is this sold at Joann's Fabric or other sewing supply places so you don't have to add shipping to the cost?
    GJoyce


    I've purchased Mary Ellen's Best Press at Joann's but have also bought it at Kmart.

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    Have you considered using fusible thread instead of something like steam a seam?

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