Live Session (March 29th, 2024)

Efficient Appliqué Application: Combining Fusible Web and Hand Sewing

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In this week’s session, I demonstrated a time-saving technique for applying appliqués to garments, using a combination of fusible web and hand sewing. This method maintains the high-quality finish of couture techniques while significantly reducing the time required for intricate appliqué work. I shared tips on selecting the right fusible web and proper application techniques to ensure a professional result.

Demonstration Steps:

  1. Selected an appropriate lightweight, washable fusible web
  2. Cut the fusible web to match the appliqué shape
  3. Carefully positioned the appliqué on the fabric
  4. Applied heat with an iron to fuse the appliqué in place
  5. Secured the edges with hand stitching for a polished finish

Questions & Answers:

  • Q: Can I use machine embroidery instead of hand sewing for appliqués?
  • A: While machine embroidery is possible, it often shows as a visible line and may not blend as seamlessly as hand stitching, especially with intricate or colorful appliqués.

  • Q: Is it safe to use fusible web on all fabric types?
  • A: Fusible web works best on non-stretch, medium-weight fabrics. Avoid using it on very stretchy or delicate fabrics, as it may affect the drape and movement of the garment.

  • Q: How do you prevent the fusible web from making the appliqué too stiff?
  • A: Use a very lightweight fusible web and apply it only to the center of larger appliqués, leaving the edges free for hand stitching. This maintains the softness and natural movement of the fabric.