This Method is Quick, Easy and Leaves Fabric Soft and Pliable!
Have you ever created a beautiful piece with fusible applique only to be disappointed in the feel of the finished quilt? While fusible web is very useful, it can often make the a quilt feel stiff.
Kim from Chatterbox Quilts has developed a wonderful technique for fusible (or raw edge) applique using Seam Align Glue. All you need are small dots of glue that wash out when the quilt is laundered.
It’s an easy method that also allows you to lift up and reposition shapes as needed. Once everything is placed as you want, sew around the edges with a blanket, satin or other stitch to secure the edges.
Watch how it’s done in the following video.
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Seam Align Glue (get it here) can also be used to create precise seams and in other ways you might use washable school glue. The applicator tip makes it very neat and easy to use, plus you can reposition pieces until they’re exactly how you want them.
When doing fusible applique with fusible web, the shapes are drawn on the web, fused to the fabric and then cut out.
So, how do you cut the fabric shapes without the web? One way is to cut the shapes from paper and trace around them on the fabric. Or use a lightbox (or a window) to trace shapes right on the fabric. Just make sure that the fabric and the shapes you’re tracing from are oriented properly so they don’t end up reversed.
Image Source: The photo at the top of the page is from “Applique Part 2 – Machine Applique with Fusibles” by Julie Cefalu. Learn more here.
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