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Fusible Webbing

Today, I thought I would talk a bit about fusible webbing.

Probably the most frequently asked question I receive is “what fusible web do you use”.

I know there are a handful of fusible webs available, but honestly I have only used one of them – Heat ‘n Bond Lite.  It’s not because I dislike all the other brands, rather it’s because I listen to my Mom.  HA! 

My Mom owns a fantastic quilt shop (Merry’s Stitchins) and she has been quilting since . . . well for so long I can’t come up with an estimate number of years.  When I began doing applique some 15 years ago, she showed me how to use Heat ‘n Bond Lite and I found this brand to be very easy to work with.  My Mom always said she loved it because it doesn’t gum up your needle on your sewing machine.  I have to agree.  Even though I’ve not used other brands, I’ll listen to my Mom on this one. 

For those of you who may be new to applique and using a fusible web, here is my #1 thought on the matter. 

“Fusible webbing is your friend”. 

Here’s why:

  1. one side of the fusible web is paper, to trace/draw your applique shapes upon it
  2. it easily bonds to your fabric in just seconds using a hot iron
  3. when you use nice sharp scissors, the edges of your appliques shapes don’t fray – how else do you think I get such nice clean applique shapes?
  4. then, when you have an applique shape exactly where you want it, just touch it with a hot iron and it bonds to the background fabric – keeping all shapes in place while you wrangle it with hand or machine stitching.

If you have not used a fusible web, I highly suggest giving it a try.  If Heat ‘n Bond isn’t available, try whatever brand your local quilt shop carries.  It should come with complete instructions and with a little practice it will make the method of applique fun.

Have questions or comments?  I’m happy to help.  Email me at:  info@patchabilities.com

~Julie