Have you notice in the quilt world that using fusible webbing has become more popular? I mean, you can see why. I mean why fuss with all those pins if fusible webbing products will just glue the fabric down?
very stiff texture. There are no little "puckers" or "puffs" with your quilting. Its just flat. Very flat.
Now that all said, fusing definitely has its place in my work. Sometimes its just easier to fuse!! Since, I have a few spots in my latest piece that needed fusing, I thought I would take another look at the new products out there.
So I tested three "Light" fusible webbing products - Steam A Seam 2 Lite, Heat N Bond Featherweight, and MistyFuse. Now "Light" means that you they will hold your fabric down but you'll still need to sew them. All three claimed to leave the fabric with very little stiffness. (Don't confuse these products with their sisters - NO SEW - fusibles).
So all I did was fuse down a little oval and sew along the edges with a zig-zag and sew my initial through it. All sewed down fine with Heat N Bond leaving a bit of glue residue on my needle. There didn't seem to be a difference on how the thread laid on the fabric.
Here are the results of my little test:
Some of my side notes:
Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite - I used the new reformulated product and really like it better than the old one. I think this one was my favorite over all. I like how its repositionable, and it stuck well to the fabric. The directions were nice and clear.
Heat-n-Bond Featherweight - was my least favorite. Believe it or not, it didn't stick well to the
background fabric. The directions said to iron own for 5-6 seconds which I found weird. Also there was a distinct glue residue popping sound with the needle.
Mistyfuse - gave the nicest hand of the fabric where you could barely tell it had been fused. It also was securely down. Still I found it weird to work with. First of all you need a teflon sheet (which I had) so that your iron doesn't get gunked up. It doesn't come on sheets so its hard to store once you take it out. Plus even after
So at least now I know to keep a bit of Steam-A-Seam Lite on hand. Its harder to get now that its not being carried by Joann's fabric - but my Local Quilt Show does have a roll of it. I'm still wondering how well it ages since there has been a problem in the past - we'll see!!
So what's your favorite fusible webbing and why? Please feel free to disagree with any part of this post!!
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