Essentially, you iron a fusible web onto the back of fabric - sort of like melting a very thin sheet of glue. This fuses the fabric fibers into a stable sheet that can be cut out into any shape without it fraying. The shape is then ironed down onto fabric to make your design. There are several brands of lightweight fusible webs such as Wonder Under or Misty-Fuse (www.mistyfuse.com) which is the most light-weight fusible available. I recommend using a Teflon pressing sheet to keep the fusible web from gunking up your iron. You can also use parchment paper. Here’s how to do it:
Your shape is now ready to iron down into place. If your fusible appliqué design is used on a quilt that will be washed, finish off the edges with machine stitches. If it’s for a wall hanging that won’t be washed, the edges of your fusible appliqué shapes can be left with out stitches.
NOTE: To preserve the life of your Teflon sheet, avoid ironing on the fold. Repeated folding with a sharpe crease will cause the fiberglass to snap. Store it flat or rolled.
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