What is Fusible Webbing?

Fusible webbing is a sticky bonding that adheres two fabrics together. It comes in many different brands, each being slightly different. Most Fusible webbing have paper on one side, some have paper on both sides, while others have no paper at all. I recommend using one of the fusibles with paper rather than the non-paper fusible when you need to transfer templates.

For fusible webbing with paper on both sides, you need to be careful which side you draw on. One side is easily removed. This side is pressed to your appliqué fabric so do not draw on this side as it is removed before the shape is cut out. Draw your design on the other side.

Which Fusible is best?

You should choose a light-weight fusible that can easily be stitched through. Heavy fusible can gum up your needle and machine.

I prefer the fusible that you purchase by the yard/metre over the pre-cut packaged type. You have less waste and are less likely to have to join sections for large applique pieces.

I recommend using vliesofix (product found in NZ, Australia and Europe) or Wonderunder made by Pellon (in USA). If you have a favorite that you use, we would like to hear about it.

How to use Fusible Webbing

Instructions on how to use fusible webbing will be given below, however always be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions first.

When using fusible webbing, you will need to reverse your pattern. We do this because the fusible is pressed to the wrong side of your fabric. It is then flipped over so the applique can be adhered to the background, thus reversing the template. I reverse all the templates in my lessons for you so you can draw directly from the template, but not all patterns do this so be sure to keep this in mind when using fusible webbing in other projects.

When instructions refer to Teflon sheet, either parchment paper or baking paper are also suitable. The great thing about parchment paper and baking paper is that they can be replaced inexpensively. Teflon sheets are more expensive and should be cleaned from time to time.

When pressing fusible webbing always use two Teflon sheets, one on the ironing board and one on top of the webbing. This prevents sticky webbing bonding to the iron and the ironing board. Once you have webbing on either, it can make a mess (gooey black gunk) on your work which is difficult to remove.

Warning: Be especially careful of this if you are attending a physical class with other students. Be sure you use your own paper or Teflon sheet, because no matter how careful you are, it will be the person in front of you who uses the iron that will leave the gooey gunk on the iron and it will be your project it comes off on.


Teflon Sheet and Baking Paper

All applique pieces need to be traced individually from REVERSED pattern onto fusible webbing. Include any inner lines of each piece when drawing. These will be tranferred to the right side (fabric side) after the piece is cut out.

Make sure that there is at least 1/4" between each traced piece.

Tip: Trace all pieces that use the same fabric together so that they can be cut out as one piece and ironed as a group for easier handling.

Once drawn onto fusible webbing, cut roughly outside the outer line of each piece of webbing. This will be cut more accurately when pressed on fabric to give a good clean cut while webbing and fabric are adhered together.

Press fusible webbing to WRONG side of fabric - sometimes we just plain forget this point, but once the fusible is stuck on the right side, it is impossible to remove so the fabric is wasted.


Lines drawn on fusible
webbing before cutting out

After fusible is adhered to back of fabric, cut out accurately on OUTER line.

Trace any inside pattern lines through to right side of fabric using a quilting pencil. A light table or holding the section up to a window will help make the lines visible through the fabric.


Pattern lines transferred to right
side of fabric with quilting pencil

Remove paper backing only when you are ready to adhere to background.

Tip

Do you have difficulty removing the backing paper?

Use a pin to score the backing paper. This will make a rough edge that lifts up slightly from the webbing, thus making it easier to get a grip on the paper.


Score paper with a pin

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