I spent some time this past weekend sewing some props to illustrate an upcoming Stitch issue. The main construction technique involved bonding two colors of wool felt with fusible web, then stitching the two-sided felt into a shape. (The props turned out very well–but the issue is still under wraps so I can’t show this project to you yet!)
|I have different sizes and styles of
non-stick sheets. I can’t imagine working
with fusibles without these.
|A dab of hot iron cleaner and a soft terry
cloth works magic!
|My iron is shiny and ready to go.|
Using the fusible reminded me of why certain sewing notions are on my must have list–even though they seldom see the light of day unless they are being used.
First, if you’re going to do anything with fusible web, get some of those non-stick ironing sheets. Non-stick sheets are generally made from a temperature-resistant plastic or fiberglass material and can withstand the very high heat that fusible requires. You simply place it beneath your projects as you are ironing the fusible to protect your ironing board cover, and over the project to protect your iron.
When I first bought one, I was skeptical that the non-stick sheet could really hold up against a hot iron. But it did. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s still holding up. I know that in theory I could be careful and not get the fusible on my iron or ironing board cover, but who am I kidding! I still work carefully, but it’s far more relaxing to iron fusible with this “safety net”. (If you spend quality time with a hot glue gun, you’ll also want to have a few of these to protect your work surface agains glue gun havoc.)
Second, I’m a big, big fan of hot iron cleaner for my iron’s soleplate. I’ve used several brands over the years and found that they all work well. Even if I’ve managed to avoid getting the fusible on my iron by using the non-stick sheets, over time the soleplate picks up what is technically called gunk. A quick cleaning makes the soleplate shiny and swift
Neither of these sewing notions gets top billing in my studio. But I would miss them if they weren’t around when I needed them.
Do you have any unsung sewing notion heroes? I’ll bet we can come up with a good list. Let us know your favorites!