Friday, April 9, 2010



From Terry Grant in Portland
Liquid Stitch appears to be a fabric glue that is used for hems, etc. Liquid Thread is a liquid fusible. It used to be called Liquifuse, which I think was a more accurate name. I use it for all my fusing. I use it to fuse only the edges of the fabric and I like it because it leaves the fabric softer than most web fusibles and it seals the edges of the fabric much better to prevent fraying. It is applied to the fabric, then you can fuse the fabric with an iron. If used properly it fuses extremely well. I have developed a technique for using the Liquid Thread that works very well for me. I dilute it with water so that it flows better. I find that straight from the bottle it tends to glob and not spread smoothly, but diluting it slightly makes it much more manageable. Tutorial by Terry Grant:

From Linda Cooper
I could skip the teflon sheet part if I added Appli-Glue about one part to three of the liquid thread-water mixture. So what I have is about 2 parts Liquid Thread, 1 part water and 1 part Appli-Glue. Before I added the glue the treated edge seemed to flake and crack off a bit (Terri solves that with her Teflon sheet pressing). So I don't use the glue as glue, only as a bonding agent for the Liquid Fuse.

Cut out my applique to Broderie-Perse on its final outline, turn it over, lay it on junk paper, and outline the edges with the mixture in the fine-tip silk painting bottle. I let it dry (about 15 minutes) and place it where I want it on the finished piece and put a press cloth over and iron in place. When all the appliques are in place I make the quilt sandwich and quilt without having to do any pre-appliqueing. The edges are sealed and only need the final quilting stitches to hold them in place. Add decorative stitching.

"G is for Garden" quilt with this method here: I painted these flowers with Tsukineko inks and Fabrico markers on white sateen and then cut out the flowers and used the Liquid Thread-glue mixture.

Clean your iron with a piece of wax paper. Sprinkle on some salt ,fold the wax paper over then and run the medium hot iron over it a couple of times

Sheers: Cotton organdy, silk organza, sheer cotton lawn fabric won't shrink like polyester organza. Fusing sheers to misty fuse between two layers of parchment paper (parchment-sheer-misty fuse-parchment-iron). Pretty much any sheer fabric can be ironed, just put a cloth over it. Use a piece of white cotton interlock as pressing cloth, along with low heat.

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