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    do you iron your fabric onto the fusible web of choice and cut around the shape, having fusible on the entire piece?

    I have seen people do this and there is tons of waste of the very costly fusible....so I have a question or two..

    if you do it this way why??
    If you don't do it this way WHY??

    I find that I free hand draw my shapes most of the time and I use tiny bits of steam a seam that comes on a roll only 1/4" wide to fuse it down in NON-strategic areas so it does not interfere with my stitching.

    Interesting in knowing the how's why's that others use for fusible web applique!

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    I draw my shape on the fusible, cut it out with a small margin all around, then fuse it and cut

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    do you iron your fabric onto the fusible web of choice and cut around the shape, having fusible on the entire piece?

    I have seen people do this and there is tons of waste of the very costly fusible....so I have a question or two..

    if you do it this way why??
    If you don't do it this way WHY??

    I find that I free hand draw my shapes most of the time and I use tiny bits of steam a seam that comes on a roll only 1/4" wide to fuse it down in NON-strategic areas so it does not interfere with my stitching.

    Interesting in knowing the how's why's that others use for fusible web applique!
    I have been wondering how I could save on the amount of fusibles I use. There is so much waste. Now, with your experience, I shall do it your way!!! :thumbup: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I am wasteful - I draw it onto my piece of fusible, iron it to the fabric, then trim them both at the same time - it is much quicker doing it that way.

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    I go with Lady Tapioca. I do this not just to save on fusible but it also keeps the quilt top softer.

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    If the project piece is large enough, I cut out the center and just leave the fusible about 1/4 inch inside the drawn lines and less than 1/4 inch on the outside. After pressing it to the wrong side of the fabric, I cut it out on the drawn line, then press it to the background, then straight stitch or blanket stitch it in place. It keeps the center softer, but gives stability to the edge for sewing it down.

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    I leave a little extra and only fuse what I need. If the piece is large, I cut the center out and just fuse around the edge, then trim it back to the line. I prefer this way most of the time.

    I use the steam a seam tape when I have straight lines. This is how I put my quilt labels on. Then I blanket stitch the edges...when I remember to do it prior to quilting that section. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    I draw my shape on the fusible, cut it out with a small margin all around, then fuse it and cut
    That's how I do it too.

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    I do it this way as well with one added item = if the applique is to be stitched down as well as fused, and if the piece is more than3 or 4 inches large/around, I cut out the middle of the fusible pattern before I fuse it to the back of the fabric - This leaves small pieces of fusible you can use for other projects and reduces the stiffness in the final project. When cutting it out I usually leave about a quarter inch inside the drawn edge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    I draw my shape on the fusible, cut it out with a small margin all around, then fuse it and cut

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    I draw my shape on the fusible, cut it out with a small margin all around, then fuse it and cut
    I do it that way too. Less wastage that way even though you do lose a little nothing to worry about.

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    Thank you all for the information....I used to do the whole piece fused and did not like the stiffness...or lack of flexibility as it were..For large pieces I do the trace and trim the center out as well...or use scraps around the edge, but not TO the edge...a bit in so the threads move easily through the fabrics...

    I love fusible web...and use many kinds..paper backed and non paper backed. I love to try all the NEW things on the market, and find for the most part, though different, they all do the job about the same.

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    I used to do the whole piece too, but agree it's too flat and stiff for my liking. I now "window" the appliques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I used to do the whole piece too, but agree it's too flat and stiff for my liking. I now "window" the appliques.
    window...that is a perfect word for it...easy to explain using that term....

    the best for flower and animal parts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I leave a little extra and only fuse what I need. If the piece is large, I cut the center out and just fuse around the edge, then trim it back to the line. I prefer this way most of the time.

    I use the steam a seam tape when I have straight lines. This is how I put my quilt labels on. Then I blanket stitch the edges...when I remember to do it prior to quilting that section. ;)
    I find I use more of the tape than the sheet stuff....easier to grab and snip I suppose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    I draw my shape on the fusible, cut it out with a small margin all around, then fuse it and cut
    I do the same, but on the larger pieces, I do what is called "windowing". That's where you cut out the center of the fusible BEFORE ironing it to the wrong side of your fabric, leaving about 1/4" of the fusible inside the drawn line. This leaves the center of the piece unfused and softer. This also allows you to carefully cut out the underneath layer (after you sew it done) to reduce the thickness & stiffness. This is especially useful when you are stacking layer upon layer.

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    window...that is a perfect word for it...easy to explain using that term....
    I do not like waste either will try this next time Thanks for the tip

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    You can also save on the fusible if you have larger pieces by nesting smaller pieces inside the bigger pieces!

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    I, too, window the larger pieces, and fuse it onto the fabric and cut last. The trouble is I have a large bag of scraps that are usually too small for what I need them for. lol. I'm sure I will use them sooner or later. Last year I made at least 5 quilts with fusables on them and now have all those pieces left over. They are fairly large pieces, just too small for the next project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    I am wasteful - I draw it onto my piece of fusible, iron it to the fabric, then trim them both at the same time - it is much quicker doing it that way.
    me too I trace them very close together-a bit of waste but faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    I draw my shape on the fusible, cut it out with a small margin all around, then fuse it and cut
    I do the same, but on the larger pieces, I do what is called "windowing". That's where you cut out the center of the fusible BEFORE ironing it to the wrong side of your fabric, leaving about 1/4" of the fusible inside the drawn line. This leaves the center of the piece unfused and softer. This also allows you to carefully cut out the underneath layer (after you sew it done) to reduce the thickness & stiffness. This is especially useful when you are stacking layer upon layer.
    thanks to you all for sending info...I am going to do the windowing technique on my next wall hanging...will be sure to post pix

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