Fusing was a exploration in itself. I have often referred to anything fused as lick-and-stick, or cut-and-paste. These products speed up the process of construction, if you know which product to use.
All of these products are available at Picket Fence Fabrics.
Start with a good teflon sheet when using your iron with these products. As an inexpensive alternative, use parchment paper found in the baking section of your grocery store.
1. The powder bonding agent by BoNash can be used to hold down small pieces until you sew them in place. A little of this product goes a long way. Great for landscapes, snippets technique.
2. Misty Fuse in black or white, is excellent for fine silk or sheers. Unusual textures can be accomplished with this product.
3. Wonder Under is great for general fusing of appliqué pieces. It is inexpensive compared to other products.
4. Steam-a-Seam is thicker and gummed up my needle but probably works better on pieces that you will be buttonhole stitching by hand or machine along the edges, not stitching in definition with threadon the piece itself.
5. Peltex, a great two-sided fusible product is used for postcards, boxes, book covers and anything you want some stiffness. Use this instead of batting.
6. A water-based glue stick (kids use these in school) is inexpensive and provides a temporary hold for appliqué pieces.
7. Glue Pens are used to hold down finer details.
8. Glue Baste provides a temporary bond where pins would be awkward such as Celtic appliqué, stems, letters.
9. Spray baste products are great for adhering a quilt backing, batting, top together but the airborne particles can pose a health issue for some.