November 20, 2011

Many thanks to Kim Q., the only one who offered any insights into the subject of permanent wearable appliqués. She said,

If you’re going to applique clothing, keep the fabric contents similar…don’t use a shrinkable cotton on a synthetic garment. I’ve mounted the applique using Heat N Bond, by using a plain old stationery store glue stick, or by using Sulky’s KK2000 spray. The Heat N Bond is permanent, but not my favorite, since it makes that portion of the clothing stiff, just like it does on quilt blocks. If you use one of the other two methods, and it’s a larger sized patch, then you can also use straight pins to anchor it too. Then you’d run a satin or zig zag stitch around the applique.

Since personally I am very quilt-centric, specifically in the area of decorative pieces, I’m always focused on the lightest-weight fusible I can find. If it’s any help, I’m going to offer a list of all the manufacturers that I know of. Again these are very quilty, and there may be products out there that fit more into the industrial or manufacturing scheme. If you know of any, please chime in.

Best of luck, Susan and Lee, in finding the product that works for your needs.

Bosal Foam and Fiber
Heat n Bond (Therm o Web)
Steam a Seam (The Warm Company)

Until next time,

By Kay Mackenzie


2 Responses to “Fusible manufacturers”

  1. Kelly Pearson on November 21st, 2011 6:38 am

    I like to use Roxanne’s Glue Baste It. It’s a water-soluble glue that comes with a needle-nose tip so you can apply it precisely exactly where you want it. It dries quickly allowing you to place you piece and immediately begin stitching. It totally eliminates the puckering and puffiness sometimes created when you pin. It’s not permanent, so you will need to stitch your appliques down after basting them in place with the glue.

  2. Kay on November 21st, 2011 8:08 am

    Thanks for the info, Kelly!