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    Will any of these 3 work?

    I want to use Eleanor Burns' easy method of applique (sewing fusible interfacing to fabric cutouts and turning to fuse). Can I use any of these products from my cupboard?

    Steam-A-Seam 2

    Heat n Bond Lite

    Pellon Wonder Under

    They all are paper-backed and seem too stiff for turning cutouts. I am doing a 6-7" star shape
    ??? MANY THANKS

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    I haven't heard of this method before. Sounds interesting. I will be watching this thread. Would you remove the paper first?
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    Those all have the two sided adhesive, I wouldn't try it with those. The regular interfacing would work, but you would have to pin it to the background. I orignally (years ago) learned this way of applique with used dryer sheets. That works.
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    I did the Eleanor Burns app'd quilt and used the light weight fusible interfacing like is used in garments---I think that's what she uses??? Anyway, was quite successful and really enjoyed the process. Lightly fused the turned pieces to my blocks and then hand stitched them down. I liked the look--not any noticable bulk. I think you could use most any light weight material for sewing & turning--and then just glue stick to place them until stitched. But I think they MUST be sewn rather than depend on the fusing to hold thru laundering & use. The products you mention DO sound a bit stiff for turning after sewing.

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    You can do it even easier. By the interfacing with the shapes drawn in it. Most of E's patterns that use this have pre printed interfacing on her website. http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/fusible.asp
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    When I found a "boo-boo" on the back of one of my quilts for a baby, I cut out a heart shape from coordinating fabric, stitched it face down to a used dryer sheet. Then, I cut a small slit through the dryer sheet ONLY, and turned the heart right side out. Pressed well and stitched it with invisible stitches over the boo-boo. It looked great! I think that if you use any interfacing with glue on it, you won't be able to turn the applique.
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    The Wonder Under should work.
    I use this method to affix Mariner's Compasses to the background.
    For me, it's more of a way get the look of smooth edged needle-turn applique ....without the needle-turn part.

    Use a smaller stitch when sewing the star lines on the interfacing and fabric, and when you turn it, gently poke the points - otherwise you'll go straight through the interfacing with the awl (or whatever you're using).
    Maybe even go over the points once or twice to make sure the stitching is secure before you turn it inside out.

    You can use a small zig-zag (or more of a satin stitch) to adhere it to the background - in matching or contrasting thread, depending on the look you're going for.
    (Like I said above, I've always hand stitched it down).

    Oh, yeah, and make sure that you've got the interface oriented correctly - fusible (dots) to right side of fabric to start.
    Been there, done that.

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    the Elenor Burns method does not use a double sided fusable- she uses fusable interfacing- which has fusable on one side of it- you put the (bumpy) fusable side right sides together with your fabric shape- sew around it- cut an X in the center of the interfacing & turn your piece right side out- then the fusable side of the interfacing is on the bottom (back side) of the shape- ready to be fused onto the background- with all edges finished. you then stitch around the shape....no raw edges - or need to turn under- the edges are finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    I want to use Eleanor Burns' easy method of applique (sewing fusible interfacing to fabric cutouts and turning to fuse). Can I use any of these products from my cupboard?

    Steam-A-Seam 2

    Heat n Bond Lite

    Pellon Wonder Under

    They all are paper-backed and seem too stiff for turning cutouts. I am doing a 6-7" star shape
    ??? MANY THANKS
    The short answer is no. All of those are two sided, paper backed fusibles. You need a one sided, fusible interfacing.

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    I use fusible feather weight interfacing, get it at Joanns very inexpensive.

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    Eleanor Burns method uses a fusible interfacing on one side. You sandwich the fabric and fusible together. Right side of fabric to fusible side of interfacing. Sew around the shape , trim to a scant 1/4 inch around the stitched line. Make a small clip in the interfacing in the center, enough to turn the applique to its right side. The fusible interfacing will now have the the fusible in the same direction as the wrond side of the fabric. Use a bodkin or other point turner( through the clipped portion) to shape the applique into its final shape. Then fuse the applique into its final postion on the block. This method turns the raw edges under , using the interfacing as a "lining" .. the fusible side will hold it in postion while you stitch around the applique.
    I prefer this method as there is no raw edge, and if done properly can closely resemble needle turn... or as close as I have seen without actually doing needle turn. Use a fine thread and a small "bite" blanket stitch to do the actual stitching of the applique on the block.
    One note .... its very tempting to try to iron the applique before postioning on the quilt ( finger pressing is very useful at this point) ... make sure if you do this you have a teflon sheet or other non- stick pressing surface.
    Some trim out the block fabric and interfacing once sewn, to the seam allownce that was turned under...This really gives even more of a needle turn effect.

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    THANK YOU so much everyone!

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    None of those are likely to work with her method. You need to get light weight interfacing that is fusible on one side only.

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    Just remember, if hand quilting, the interfacing can add enough bulk to make it challenging to make tiny stitches. The lighter interfacing the better if you plan to hand quilt through the appliqued pieces.
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    as a side note regarding the fusible interfacing.....also make sure it is non-woven......so remember, non-woven fusible lightweight interfacing..it is a mouthful, but the non-woven part makes a bit of difference....no stretch when you turn it right side out again........holds the shape.......and it is very inexpensive... a good thing to use those coupons from JoAnn's for....

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    I use this method and use Wonder Under.

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    I wouldn't use any of those. You need fusible interfacing like the kind that is used in sewing garments. It works like a charm. Just make sure when you go to cut the hole for turning, that you only cut the interfacing and not the fabric. This method makes beautiful applique pieces.

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    Steam-A-Seam 2 has adhesive on both sides. It is made for fusible applique, but not the stitch and turn variety. Be sure your Heat n Bond is the SEWABLE variety. Some of their products for crafts are not sewing machine friendly. They gum up your needle and cause stitching problems. (Ask me how I know. lol) The ones made to be sewn are fine.
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    this sounds like a place where the Easy Knit fusible would work great. light weight, flexible for turning and won't add bulk to your quilt.

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    I appreciate all of these replies! Will be 40 miles away at my nearest Joann's on Thursday. :-)

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    Check her Quilt in a Day website, I'm sure she has a video that explains the process better. However, I used this method for the center of Dresden Plate blocks, sew the fusible interfacing right side up (check her site to be sure), then cut a small slit, turn right side out and press, this gives you a nice even look and secures the center while you applique it down. Does this help or have I thoroughly confused you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I use fusible feather weight interfacing, get it at Joanns very inexpensive.
    That's what I use. It's nice and light and easy to turn. Always works well for me. I really like this method.

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    I confess, I haven't read all the replies, but I've used dryer sheets (used) for this.
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    I have done three of her quilts double wedding ring grandmothers flower garden and dresden plate and I used light weight fusible interfacing by Pelion.

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    No these will not work. You need lightweight interfacing that is only sticky on one side. Trust me I have used these method for making circles. It worked great. Make it the lightest weight interfacing you can find for best results!

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