If you are new to the sewing world, you may have come across a product at your local fabrics store called fusible web. Regardless of your skill level, you can easily learn about fusible web, including when and how to use it.
Get started by reading through some frequently asked questions and answers regarding fusible web, and who to consult for trusted sewing advice.
What is Fusible Web?
Fusible web is a man-made fiber that contains a built-in adhesive that melts when heat is applied. It is commonly used for appliques, hem repair, or to “fuse” to pieces of fabric together.
How Do I Use Fusible Web?
First, it is important to always read the instructions that come with the particular web product you are using. You will do well to also test the fusible web on a scrap piece to see how it works with your iron and the material you intend to fuse. Before using fusible web on a project piece, the material must be thoroughly washed and dried. Pre-shrinking the fabric eliminates the factory finishes, which can reverse or weaken fusion. Be sure to save the paper backing that comes on your fusible web to sketch out patterns, as well as, protect your project pieces and iron (See the last FAQ).
Are There Different Types of Fusible Web?
Fusible web comes in roll-form and typically sold by the yard. You can find it at any local fabrics or craft store in a wide range of sizes, widths, and weights. When choosing web weight, stick to the weight that is closes to the fabric you are working with. This will give you the most control and the best results. For example, use a light weight web for a thin, satin fabric, and a heavier weighted web for fabrics like denim or corduroy.
Can I Use a Heavy Weight Fusible Web on Light Weight Fabrics?
Beginners often presume that using a heavy weight web is the best way to get a strong, long-lasting fuse. However, this is not true. It is important to match weights between project pieces and fusible web. For instance, if you are fusing an applique patch to a pair of denim jeans, it would be apposite to use a heavy weight fusible web. In contrast, if you were fusing together a silk blouse hem, you would want to go with a lighter fusible web.
Can I Iron Fusible Web?
It is important to protect your iron and your ironing board from a potential fusible web messy disaster. Use the paper backing to place on top of your work before applying your hot iron. This will prevent a sticky, gooey, mess on both your iron and the ironing board. If you do get some fusible web gunk on your iron, try soaking cotton balls in rubbing alcohol and applying it to the affected area.