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No Show Fusible Mesh Stabilizer
Doesn't seem to adhere very well.


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Date: 8/19/12 11:18 AM

Does anyone else have a problem trying to fuse it and getting it to "stick"? I've used it a couple different times now and it seems like I have to press it forever to get it to adhere even slightly. After that, the fabric still has small areas where it hasn't adhered. And it's just being fused to plain muslin, so no difficult fabrics. I'm using a babylock brand. Any suggestions or tips? Should I try a different brand even though they look to all be the same?

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Date: 8/19/12 11:31 PM

First question, are you using a press cloth? Second question, are you using steam? I haven't used the BabyLock brand but the Floriani No Show Fusible Mesh MUST be pressed with a DRY iron using a press cloth for the best result. Also, you need to press (not iron) center first then outer edges (usually right, left, top, bottom) and hold the iron in place for 15-20 seconds. If this still doesn't work well the stabilizer may be old or may not have been stored properly and the adhesive is no longer good.

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Date: 8/20/12 4:20 PM

If you haven't washed your muslin, it may have a chemical finish that reduces adhesion. Or, if it was washed, soap residue or fabric softener will interfere with adhesion.



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Date: 8/20/12 6:26 PM

Thanks for the tips. It is pressed with a dry iron with a press cloth or with the fusible mesh (fusible side up) and then the muslin on top, which seems to work better.

I didn't prewash the muslin, but have thought maybe the same thing, that it could be the sizing in it that's keeping it from fusing as well as it could.

The roll is within a year old, but could have been sitting on the stores shelf for who knows how long before that. I'm just trying to work through the rest of the roll. I'm doing an Anita Goodesign embroidered quilt. This is just for the base on which the batting, fabric and designs are going on top, so it doesn't have to look pretty, just adhere somewhat well.

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Date: 8/26/12 1:12 AM

No show fusibles are temporary, as far as I'm aware. You can remove it by re-heating it. What about using a lightweight knit interfacing, instead?

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Date: 8/26/12 3:13 PM

I don't even think any no show fusible meshes are even made for cotton muslin at all, and not sure why you would even choose to use them there either? I think they are only for knits. When you don't want to use something else on that knit instead? Or at least that is my understanding of them. That does not solve you particular attachment problem there at all though, with any particular no show fusible mesh you might be trying to use for your muslin fabric, but maybe just use some stabilizer more even made for woven cottons instead, like some tear away or some cut away instead?



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Date: 8/26/12 10:33 PM

This is what Anita Goodesign specifically recommends and what they use with muslin for their mix and match quilting designs and why I'm using it. I think the reason for this is it gets left in the quilt and is softer than others.

Anyway, I'm working on a large, many block design of theirs and managed to get through the rest of that roll. I did get it to adhere better buy turning the iron up even further and pressing it for much longer.

Again, thanks for all the suggestions!

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