Q: “I accidentally put a piece of interfacing (or appliqué) in the wrong place. Can I remove it?”
A: The short answer is that our fusibles are intended to be permanent. That said, there is often a work-around or a potential fix! If you have not completely fused the piece you may be able to remove most, if not all, of the adhesive from your project.
- Heat up the interfacing (or appliqué) with your iron without pressing down. Make sure you’re working from the side with the interfacing.
- While it is still warm (be careful as it will be hot), gently pull the appliqué or interfacing up from one corner.
- You can also try ironing a dryer sheet over the area as it will often pick up some additional adhesive.
Q. “My test swatch looks very wrinkled; almost like an orange-peel – what does this mean?”
A. It can mean one of two things. First, your interfacing may just be too heavy for your fabric. You may want to try a lighter weight interfacing and be sure to test on another fabric sample before moving forward with your full project. Second, your fabric may be shrinking, causing it to look wrinkled. Try pre-washing your fabric again or perhaps use a lower fusing temperature to apply the interfacing. If you’re experiencing these issues and need additional suggestions or support, please feel free to contact Customer Service. Our interfacing expert is here to help!!
Q: What is the best batting for a baby quilt?
A: The answer is that there are a few excellent selections. We’ll start with Cotton. Many quilters use 100% cotton for its softness and durability. When soaked in advance, there is no need to worry that it will shrink after multiple washings, something that will prove VERY handy as all you moms out there know! Also, the cotton will continue to soften over time, while retaining its strength.
Our batting expert shares that some quilters also prefer the Bamboo/Cotton Blend for its antimicrobial qualities. It is needlepunched to a very lightweight scrim binder, which provides strength and durability, and is incredibly soft, lightweight and breathable. One creative gal even used it to make cloth diapers.
Q: “I got adhesive on my iron. What do I do?”
A: To remove any fusible residue from your iron, we recommend that you use a Hot Iron Cleaner, a product that can be found on the notions wall of your local fabric or quilt store. It is a thick cream that is applied to your iron. Be sure to follow the directions carefully as this product is applied to a HOT iron and we don’t want you to get burned! If you do a lot of fusing, we would recommend that you purchase a silicone sole plate like Iron-Safe® that fits over the bottom of your iron.
GOOD TO KNOW
Blocking a Quilt
Once a quilt is completed it is often beneficial to block it, as you might with a knit sweater. To get started, you’ll want to very lightly dampen the quilt. Lay it out on a flat surface, like a clean floor. The purpose in blocking is to allow the fibers to return to their natural state or position. If the quilt was made properly, it will easily become squared and lay flat. Use a large cutting ruler to position the corners and ‘square them’. Then use a long straight ruler or yard stick to position or straighten the sides. Pin this in place and allow to air dry. The quilt will drape/lay nicely and remain in this condition.
Use your leftover batting scraps (with scrim binder – stabilizer) for use in new craft projects.
Your batting leftovers are perfect for creating soft sculptures. Batting can be easily dyed using kool-aid or various types of store-bought permanent dyes to get your desired color. The sculpture will have the softness of the batting partnered with the stability of the scrim binder which provides enough strength to hold pieces together in the wash. Fiber flowers are a great place to start! For a bit of inspiration, check out the wide selection of projects on our website.
– Try mixing your dyed batting remnants with dyed wool to use in folk art appliqué.
– Keep your batting’s natural color and use it to make miniature snowmen for cute holiday-themed decorations.
– Cut out geometrical shapes from your dyed batting remnants, arrange in a cluster and sew to craft a fashion forward bib necklace.
To get the best end result, always pre-test any fusible.
To pre-test, cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of your fabric. Cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of the interfacing. Fuse only half of the square per the instructions included with the fusible. Allow the fabric to cool and then evaluate the bond. The interfacing should be firmly attached to the fashion fabric. If it’s not, more heat, time or pressure may be needed. A different product or a sew-in style can also be considered. You may also want to evaluate the surface of the fabric. It should be smooth/unchanged. If not, the interfacing may be too heavy for the fabric or the iron may have been too hot during the fusing. If the fabric seems too crisp or heavy, change to a lighter weight interfacing or a sew-in. If the fabric seems too limp, consider a crisper interfacing or add a second layer of interfacing.
Note: Home iron temperatures vary. Test fusing will help you determine the best setting for your iron and fabric. In turn, Hand Held Steamers will NOT bond interfacing to the fabric.