LHQ - DRYER SHEET EXPERIMENT
Yesterday Katie M. asked me if I had ever used dryer sheets instead of fusible in machine appliqué. She was thinking of doing that and then using school glue to secure it. She asked me to share my thoughts.
Who me? Share my thoughts? Why, of course! Thanks for asking!
I replied that I had not done either – but that I thought that we should both try it and then compare notes.
So here’s my experiment – and test results –
OK – I tried it with a "heart" shape - folded some fabric in half and traced one side of one of my other "hearts". Super simple shape - and I figured that would give me an "inside" and "outside" point to play with.
I cut a heart out of red
Backed it with a used dryer sheet
Sewed around it
Made a slit in the dryer sheet - trimmed the point - clipped the "v" - turned it inside out - carefully. I made sure to put any "stress" on the fabric and not on the sheet.
It seemed to work OK.
Then I couldn't find ANY school glue - in my whole house! So I didn't use any - I just held it in place and appliqued it down as is.
I used a decorative --!--!-- stitch.
Then I rinsed/scrunched it under some cold tap water and ironed it dry.
(As a side note – I have never had any trouble with school glue washing out completely.
You just have to be prepared to wash the quilt when it’s finished – to remove the glue.)
It looked OK and feels kinda soft – but I don't know what the long term effects of leaving the dryer sheet in will be.
I think I still prefer featherweight fusible interfacing, though - because it is designed for use in cuffs and collars and such. I think that it may hold up to wear and tear and washings better than dryer sheets - but who knows? And fusible interfacing also eliminates the need for glue - and washing the quilt when it's finished. Fewer steps is always good - don't you think?
Bottom line - I would probably stick with the fusible interfacing rather than use the dryer sheets.
My personal preference – that’s all.
Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew