Mistyfuse fusible interfacing

Mistyfuse

Mistyfuse

Mistyfuse

I have just tried a new fusible interfacing – well, new to me anyway – and I want to share it with you because I think that it’s brilliant.  Whenever I’m doing applique I use one of those interfacings that has paper backing.  You press one side to the applique fabric to fuse it.  Then when you’re ready you pick the paper off and fuse the applique to the background fabric.  Sounds simple, but I often struggle to remove the paper and spend ages picking away at it.  That’s where Mistyfuse scores – there is no paper to pick off.  It is also solvent free and has no added adhesive to gum up your needles.

If you look at the photo, you’ll see that Mistyfuse is really fine.  Yyou can still my fingers clearly underneath one layer of it.  The official description states that it is ‘environmentally friendly fusible that’s been extruded to an ultra-fine web for a stay-soft, strong bond without adding bulk’.




Mistyfuse and applique fabric

Mistyfuse and applique fabric

How to use Mistyfuse

So, how is it used?  Mistyfuse comes in both black and white.  Although I am stocking white in my shop, I have used black here to demonstrate because it shows up better in the photos.  I’ve placed a piece of plain paper, then a rectangle of mistyfuse followed by the applique fabric with right side up.  Press briefly with your iron at whatever setting you normally use and the mistyfuse will bond to the applique fabric, but not to the paper.

Place applique on the background fabric

Place applique on the background fabric

Draw your applique design on to the fabric, cut out and place on the background fabric.  Press briefly and your applique will be bonded to the background.  It’s so simple and easy to use!  What I am particularly pleased about is how soft the applique pieces feel when I’ve used Mistyfuse.  You know how sometimes your applique can feel a bit rigid and flat when it has interfacing on it – not with Mistyfuse.  It is almost as soft as if it was just plain fabric – you can even turn under a hem if you prefer to edge your applique that way.

This interfacing is washable and can be used on delicate fabrics such as silk or organza as well as heavier fabrics like velvet.  The other use that the manufacturers recommend sounds like a great idea – save any offcuts of mistyfuse and sprinkle them between the layers when you are layering a quilt.  Press the quilt and the layers will be held together.  I haven’t tried this myself yet, but it sounds like a helpful idea.  You can buy misty fuse here.

Goddess sheets

Goddess sheets

Goddess Sheets

There is a common saying that fusible interfacings stick best to the iron – and I’ve certainly had to spend time cleaning my iron after I’ve accidentally ironed some interfacing.  That’s why I was interested to try these Goddess sheets.  They are silicon non-stick sheets that are folded over to make an A4 (Foolscap) sized folder.

 

Place the fabric inside

Place the fabric inside

 

Pop the fabric and fusible interfacing inside the sheets and press – the interfacing bonds to the fabric but comes away from the Goddess sheets easily and cleanly.

 

 

Press the fabric inside the goddess sheet

Press the fabric inside the goddess sheet

Applique fused to the fabric

Applique fused to the fabric

When I think of all the times that I have used greaseproof paper to protect my iron from the fusible and I have had to weight down the corners to prevent it rolling up while I’m pressing it …  This is a good no-nonsense aid that definitely saves time.

You can buy goddess sheets here.

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Rose

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