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Date: 8/29/13 9:02 PM

What is the opinion for the best fusible web for applique? I'm working on the Mckenna Ryan 'Home,Tweet Home' art quilt and will begin her 'Wind in the Whiskers' soon.

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Date: 8/29/13 9:44 PM

Applikay Wonder by Floriani is an excellent product. I use it on all my appliques.

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Date: 8/29/13 10:16 PM

I think you will find that every quilter has their preference for the product that works best for them. Sometimes you have to try different methods of applique before you can decide on which you like best. What may work well for one person may not be the best for another. It doesn't mean there is good or bad products but you may like one technique over others. I have sampled several but I like Wonder Under or Steam a Seam. Both are paper backed which means you can trace the applique shape onto the paper, cut out the shape and iron it to the background fabric. I have done a fair amount of applique both hand and machine... The only products I haven't tried yet are MistyFuse or any of the Floriani products. Mistyfuse is definitely on my list to try.

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Date: 8/30/13 6:39 PM

I'm using the floriani applikay wonder and have used steam a seam 2. This is soft but the paper always comes off on one of the sides too soon. I have some misty fuse that I'll be trying. I just wondered if there was one brand that was most popular. Thanks for the advice.

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Date: 8/30/13 6:52 PM

I like Seams 2 lite. It's easier to see through to trace and the paper stays on until your ready to peel it off. Just remember to peel it off before you press it lol.

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Date: 8/30/13 7:44 PM

the only think I've used is Thermoweb heat n bond lite. It did the job I guess. I don't know if the fusible itself made the fused area stiff or if it was the extensive quilting I did in those areas that made it stiff. I had enough Amazon points that it was free. I'm interested in trying other things too.

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Date: 9/16/13 9:10 AM

I am getting ready to do 2 applique quilts, so I needed to refresh my Misty Fuse memory.

I LOVE! this stuff. I do not completely agree that it does not change the hand of the fabric at all, it does a little, but it IS very very minimal.

I did not realize how the company carefully chose safe chemicals and minimal adhesives and no solvents. I never thought about that all that stuff would do to fabric long term, but it makes me love this stuff even more that it's one less worry!

Misty Fuse video

This one shows some great tips for using it:
Tips for using Misty Fuse

Here is one more with great clear instructions on how to use it with an applique pattern:
using Misty Fuse with a pattern

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Date: 9/16/13 7:37 PM

Since I live in Europe, the choices here a little different. I have just made 150 butterflies and used Bondaweb. It was easy to use, if the web came off of the paper, I pressed it a little on a baking paper, let it cool and it was ready to use again. When I ran out, I used Steam-a-Seam 2 lite I had from another project, and found it more difficult working with the two papers protecting it. One side would always come off and would not stick again, even pressing with iron, placing it on the fabric it would stick to my fingers and come off completely of the paper. They both felt the same once fused to fabric, I could not tell the difference. Since Bondaweb is cheaper, I will be using it again.

I minimize the quantity of glue on my fabric by cutting out the centre of the fusible before fusing it on the appliqué fabric leaving only ¼ or less of the outline. That way, the glue is only on the outer border where the stitching is going to be.

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Date: 9/16/13 8:17 PM

Moda's HeatNBond is horrid; absolutely horrid. It's heavy, made of plastic, harder than heck to sew through, breaks needles, and off gases when you are heating with it. I'm so limited by what I can purchase where I live, so I go with WonderUnder.

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