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I use fusible adhesive for all my applique quilts. Applique with fusible adhesive is the quickest and easiest applique - and it just got even quicker and easier with printable fusible adhesive products.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions I get about using fusible adhesive.
1. Do you need to sew around it after fusing?
Mostly yes. You do need to stitch around your applique. But a simple straight stitch is plenty to keep things together and gives a nice clean look. And there's no gumming of the needle. When you use the Lite weight there's very little fraying around the edges after washing and drying. (There's a post here showing one of my quilts after many MANY trips through the washer and dryer.) The Featherlight WILL fray more.
The exception to this is the Ultrahold. It's the strongest adhesive weight and you CANNOT sew through it. It will gum up your needle like crazy and make your machine skip stitches. I use it sometimes for small bits like eyes and noses. They will stay on without sewing as long as you dry them on low heat. (If your dryer gets as hot as an iron, it will remelt the adhesive and they can come loose.)
2. Isn't it stiff?
No, not really. The Lite is soft. You can still tell there's adhesive in there, but it's not bad at all - and it was even better after one washing. It's what I use in all my quilts and it weathers multiple trips through the washer and dryer very well.
The Featherlite is VERY soft. Before it's washed you can barely tell the adhesive is there. After I wash it once I can't tell it's there at all. There is much more fraying of the edges with the Featherlite, so I reserve it for clothing projects where softness is key - especially baby outfits that won't need to be washed too many times before they're outgrown. I recommend Lite for quilts. If you use Featherlite, it's best to satin stitch around the edges - and it still may not hold up well through multiple washings.
The Ultrahold is quite stiff. I don't recommend it for large pieces on quilts - just small bits like eyes and noses. But it works great on banners or wall hangings that you don't want to outline and that don't need to be cuddly soft.
3. What about the printable sheets?
If you hate tracing then this is the product for you. It's PRINTABLE fusible adhesive! The Lite and Featherlite sheets will work with any inkjet printer. (Don't use them with a laser printer! The heat of the printer will melt the adhesive and cause a disaster.)
Each pack contains 10 sheets, each 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Consult your quilt pattern for specific requirements - but MOST of my applique quilts use 1 sheet of adhesive for each quilt block. That means you'll usually need 3 packages for a crib or nap size quilt, and 7 packages for a twin.
I carry the Lite and the Ultrahold in larger sheets - you'll need to trace onto those by hand. Each package contains one 17 inch x 1 yard piece.
Choose the weight and size that's right for your project in the drop-down menu.