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5 tips for working with Mistyfuse

I’m asked often about working with Mistyfuse so I thought I’d give a few quick tips on how I work with it. If you’re not familiar with it, you’re probably wondering what in the heck I’m talking about so let me explain.

Mistyfuse is a fusible interfacing. Basically it acts like glue to hold fabric layers together. You put it between two layers of fabric and then press with an iron to get them to bond together. In my opinion, it’s the best fusible on the market because it doesn’t make your fused layers hard as stone like some of the other brands out there. Which makes it really easy to hand stitch through – less tiring!

Many artists pre-fuse their fabrics before using them in artwork. This means that they iron the Mistyfuse to the back of the fabric ahead of time and then cut shapes from it to compose their artwork. I go about it a little differently. I lay the Mistyfuse down on my base, usually acrylic felt, and then arrange my fabric on top. It can be a little intimidating the first time you do this because Mistyfuse is very lightweight. Which makes it feel like working with a spider web sometimes.

Here’s a close up shot of it over top of black acrylic felt:



But I’ve got some easy tricks to make working with it a snap.

TIP #1: Turn off fans when you’re working with it. (Remember the comment about it being very lightweight? Fans are bad.)


TIP #2: Because I lay it across my the base of my work, that means I need to trim it down to size. I use one of my quilting rulers to help hold it in place while I trim it down:




TIP #3: Don’t toss any pieces you have left after trimming. You can lay them down across a new base to create your fusible layer. Mistyfuse is so fine that it does not create any seams of any kind when it overlaps on itself so there is no waste!




TIP #4: If you are laying down a single piece of fabric over top of the unfused Mistyfuse (like I’m doing for the new twenty pieces I’m making for my upcoming solo show), fold the fabric and unfold it slowly after you’ve laid it down over the Mistyfuse:





TIP #5: PRESS the Mistyfuse to activate it – don’t IRON it with back and forth motions. You can give it a good swipe back and forth after you’ve pressed it across your whole piece but don’t forget that the pressing part is what makes it stick together. So if you just go at it before it has a chance to melt, then you will most likely shift the fabric around.



I find this method works really well for me. I don’t like pre-fusing my fabrics because I use them for various things. But I love fusing my layers together when I’m creating wall art, it creates a really solid foundation for stitching. I never have to use pins to hold the layers together – just fuse and go to town! šŸ™‚



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8 Responses to 5 tips for working with Mistyfuse

  1. Judy Sall September 19, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    Thanks, Lynn. I have never tried Mistyfuse, but think I will put it on my list of things to try now that I see how it differs from other fusibles. I like that you fuse it to your base instead of the top pieces. One question – if you have multiple pieces you are using for your top, do you pin them all down, then fuse to the base? I am used to fusing layers as I go, but if the mistyfuse is on the base, I would be afraid of fusing my pressing cloth to an area that doesn’t have my top pieces laid out on it yet.

  2. Louise Hall September 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks for the great info Lynn. You are an inspiration.

  3. Lisa Chin December 10, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Great tips Lynn! I am a big fan of Mistyfuse as well. I love how lightweight it is!

  4. Mary Vaneecke December 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I use 2 layers of misty fuse (one on each fabric before fusing the 2 together), but I typically finish with a stitch and raw edge. I will have to try it with just one layer of fusible. Thanks, Lynn.

  5. sherri hill 8450 December 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

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  6. Doe Harden December 19, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I have been trying to find an answer for my question for days maybe you can help me? Is it always necessary to stitch an applique down after using Mistyfuse? When I first discovered it, I was under the impression that it was permanent.
    Are any of the fusibles permanent?

  7. Jackie Mc Vay November 18, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Your tips are helpful for me, a beginner in the use of Misty Fuse. I especially like the fact that the hand of the fabric I’m working with does not change – I can manipulate fabrics for hand work. It is nice to know that a #2 pencil original drawing or tracing can be transferred to a fabric treated with Misty Fuse. Great for art quilt images and shapes to be fused down before adding beading, buttons and/or other goodies. Thanks for your input.

  8. Jo G June 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    This is just what I need! I am a hand appliquer and fused two pieces of fabric together with 2 different products . The fabric was too stiff for me to applique it which is what I WANTED TO DO. I used one of the Double Diamond Rulers after fusing, made 4 each diamond sections, one for each border. I was limited with what I could do with these diamonds sections. If I had the Misty Fuse, I could have done more. Thanks ever so much!

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