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    Anyone try this product? I've never heard of it or used it, but it looks like several popular quilters are now using it. Opinions?

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    Stacy Michell, owner of Shades Textiles, has been in business for 25 years as a fabric dyer and quilter. Her mother is Marti Michell.

    A quick cost comparison (list prices for bolt quantities) of her fusible web works out like this:
    Misty Fuse (a major selling light weight fusible) $.45 per sq ft
    Wonder Under 805 (a major selling paper backed light weight fusible) $.50 per sq ft
    Soft Fuse (light weight paper backed fusible) $1.03 per sq ft

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    Yes, I know it's much more expensive. I've been not thrilled with Wonder Under and Steam a Seam 2. I think I'm going to try it.

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    I have heard about this product, but not it's use much. I think it comes in a pkg., in sheets too. I believe I read about it in Marti's newsletter I get... Sounds nice to me, please post when you try it!...

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    It's all I use, wonderful stuff! I buy it on the bolt, so it's cheaper. I can't give you a source, since I buy it wholesale, but shop around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    It's all I use, wonderful stuff! I buy it on the bolt, so it's cheaper. I can't give you a source, since I buy it wholesale, but shop around.
    Thanks, CJ. I'd prefer to buy it off the bolt too if I like it, but I don't think anyone local sells it that way. I *think* only the sheets are available here.

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    A roll (37"x 54yds)is $540 (retail)... comes out to $10 per yard. I think the sheets are about $1 each?

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    WOW!! This is on the spendy side :shock:
    Please let us know why you like it better than the others, I would like more info before spending the extra money :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    A roll (37"x 54yds)is $540 (retail)... comes out to $10 per yard. I think the sheets are about $1 each?
    Yes, 10 sheets for $10, but they are only 8"x9"...which works out to a little over $18 per square yard. :shock:

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    Ow. That's going to hurt me in the wallet.

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    Thank you! I'm hopeless with math! LOL That's nearly double the cost of it on the roll, so purchasing a roll is definitely the way to go if you can swing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    A roll (37"x 54yds)is $540 (retail)... comes out to $10 per yard. I think the sheets are about $1 each?
    Yes, 10 sheets for $10, but they are only 8"x9"...which works out to a little over $18 per square yard. :shock:

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    i tried some and didn't find it to be that different from Misty Fuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    i tried some and didn't find it to be that different from Misty Fuse.
    That's good to know. I've wanted to try Misty Fuse ever since I learned you can easily add paper backing to it. It seems to me, for the price difference, Soft Fuse just isn't in the game.

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    CJ, have you also tried Misty Fuse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    i tried some and didn't find it to be that different from Misty Fuse.
    That's good to know. I've wanted to try Misty Fuse ever since I learned you can easily add paper backing to it. It seems to me, for the price difference, Soft Fuse just isn't in the game.
    Misty Fuse doesn't come with paper backing?

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    No, I have not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    CJ, have you also tried Misty Fuse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Misty Fuse doesn't come with paper backing?
    No, it's just the web, no paper. You can iron it between two sheets of parchment paper and then remove one sheet and it becomes paper backed fusible. Because the parchment paper is reusable, Misty Fuse still works out to be cheaper and it's supposed to be the lightest weight fusible available (don't know if that is compared to Soft Fuse or not though).

    You can also transfer cutting patterns directly to web once it's been fused to fabric so you don't really need paper backing once you get used to it. Scraps of just the web can be used to baste quilt sandwiches as well. Pretty versatile stuff.

    MF comes in black, white and ultraviolet. The UV irons on white and dries clear (like the white), but it's treated so it does not turn yellow over time like so many of the others do. The fusible turning yellow can alter the color of the fabrics it is bonding.

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    Thanks for the info. I have to give them both a try and see which I prefer.

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    I bought the shades soft fuse to use with the applique dies for my AccuQuilt. Also with my Bernina cutwork tool. For both processes, the paper backing can't be beat.

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    http://shadestextiles.com/product%20pages/softfuse.html
    If any of you are still interested I have been comparing prices. This is what I have found. Instead of buying the whole bolt you can buy 3 yds here at about the same price per yd.
    I haven't tried it but am wanting to or find something cheaper that works as good.

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    I think the mistyfuse will be harder to use but it is so much cheaper. Opinions please

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    The shipping is rather high so brings the price up.
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
    http://shadestextiles.com/product%20pages/softfuse.html
    If any of you are still interested I have been comparing prices. This is what I have found. Instead of buying the whole bolt you can buy 3 yds here at about the same price per yd.
    I haven't tried it but am wanting to or find something cheaper that works as good.

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    Hi!
    I am Stacy Michell of ShadesSoftFuse.com we have a new web address, and I just wanted anyone reading this to have the right information. We have a few sizes smaller than mentioned at our web site. 3 Yards for $30 plus shipping, and it is 37 inches wide. We have placement in about 200 shops across the country. Just call us at 770-919-9824 for more info.

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    I purchased 7 yards and like the idea is is 37 inches wide. Problem it wont stay of the paper. I had a lot of waste where I couldn't cut smaller pieces. Any suggestions? Not something I would try to run through my printer, especially since it separates.

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    shades soft fuse

    I bought a 3 yd roll of this at a quilt show and just loved it. Now i am out and need to get some more and was wondering if any quilt shops sell it or is it only bought from the soft fuse web site, I think i paid 30.00 for the 36 in by 3 yds.

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