Apr 9, 2009

Applique with Fusible Web or adhesive interlining

In my past post, http://mairuru.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-make-oval-fabric-tray.html, I wrote my way to applique with adhesive interlining.

After that, Emi in USA told me about fusible web and sent it to me.
Fusible Web

She also sent a piece of American adhesive interlining.
So I tried to compare of applique with them and my Japanese adhesive interlining.
They all bonds with an iron.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
From the right, Japanese interlining, American fusible web and American interlining.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
(1)Fusible web(American): It bonds two fabrics. It's more stickily than others.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
(2)Adhesive interlining(American): It bonds only applique fabric, and sew it on the main fabric.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
(3)Adhesive interlining(Japanese): I usually use this. It's thinner than (2).

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
I cut them in small pieces for applique. I made a cat pattern for this test.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
Then I ironed them on the fabric for applique and cut them.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
And I ironed the one of fusible web on the main fabric. I used interlining for others, so I should sew them on the main fabric.

Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
I sewed them all. At this point, the cats of interlining are little frayed.
Again, from the right, Japanese interlining, Fusible web and American interlining. The fusible web cat is very thin so I can see the main fabric through the applique.

Then I made it as a coaster, and washed it once to check if they fray.
Cat applique coaster, Comparing Fusible web/interlining(Japanese, American)
This is a picture what I took after washed. The center cat(fusible web) didn't fray at all and the others frayed a little.

For conclusion, I'd like to use fusible web for the applique what I want to make neat. And I think it's better to use thick fabric for the applique.
I use interlining for what I don't mind a little fraying, and I want some thickness, or I want to make primitive one.

It's difficult to express in my poor English...

Thanks to Emi, I could compare them.
And she also sent me beautiful American cotton fabrics. Thank you!
American cotton fabrics from my friend

16 comments:

Jessica said...

I understood perfectly! It's very helpful, now I don't have to figure this out on my own, still being new to hand sewing (actually, any kind of sewing!) Thank you for sharing this!

Muddlepud said...

I think your English is great. I understood all you said.

And thank you for sharing this information. I am planning to start doing some applique and have been wondering what the best bond is, so now I know! :)

mairuru said...

Oh, Thank you very much!
I'm happy that I could tell you well!

Christina said...

Thank you for sharing! It was really great to know the difference in interfacing between the countries.

Emi_Shimosato said...

Thank you very much for the detailed comparison! It is very nice of you for sharing the information.
Fusible web is very popular to be used in the USA, but I like the effect more from interfacing, if the item is not washed often.
Thank you very much!!

Jacqueline said...

Mai thank you so much for the details!! It was very helpful and great to know the different inyerlining! Have a lovely happy easter weekend and love to you!

mairuru said...

Hello Christina,
I compared only one type of interlining for each country, so they are only samples.
Thank you!

mairuru said...

Hello Emi,
Thanks to you, I could check the differences. Thank you!
Yes, I also want to use fusible web for what I should wash many times.

mairuru said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Oh, I didn't notice that today was Easter. In Japan, I don't see someone celebrates easter...

Sue said...

Dear Mairuru, thankyou for your wonderful blog. I am English but lived in Yokohama for some time recently but back in England now. I miss Japan! I love your photographs of places I know well and I love your Japanese handicrafts and stitching. You have inspired me and cheered my day.

mairuru said...

Hello Sue,
I live near Yokohama station. How was the living in Yokohama? I love this city.
Thank you so much for your comment!

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for this detailed testing of the different products! This is exactly what I was looking for!

Shell said...

from your photo it looks like you cut your cat, then cut the fusible web. it might be helpful to iron the web to the fabric before cutting your shapes. it will cover all of your shape then, and easier than cutting odd little pieces to try fit in strange places.

did you ever get a copy of the Sew Hip magazine? I only found your blog today and I love your work! all hand sewn too.. I envy you! I can get you a copy of Sew Hip if you haven't yet received one

Your English is wonderful! Thank you for being such an inspiring artist.

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