I am working on another quilt with Kamon, or Japanese family crests. These crest designs are quite intricate and are a real challenge to fusible webs. They need a really good adhesive to keep the pieces in shape.
Recently I read about a fusible web I have not used before. It is by June Tailor and is sold in 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheets and can be run through your inkjet printer. The obvious advantage is that, for the right size applique pieces, you can copy or print the shapes right on to the paper back of the web — no tracing of the designs required! The main disadvantage (compared to Steam-A-Seam, for example) is that the adhesive is not “sticky” before ironing. So you can’t stick down all the pieces, repositioning them as needed, and then permanently adhere them by pressing them with a hot iron. I have found that it works better to place one or two pieces and press them with the iron, then go to the next couple of pieces, etc.
I had completed a couple of blocks using Steam A Seam and wasn’t satisfied with the results. The particular fabrics I chose were regular cotton and tended to fray on the edges. One way to solve this problem is to use batiks, which fray much less than regular cottons. But since I am experimenting with these block designs, I just grabbed fabrics from my scrap bins and some of them were not batiks.
Here is the result of the fusing with Steam A Seam. You can see the frayed edges.
And here is the same block fused with the June Tailor product. The edges are much cleaner.
For these intricate designs, I will be using the June Tailor fusible web in the future. It is more expensive than other fusibles, so I will be ordering it from a wholesale source to get the price down. But it can be purchased easily either at your local shops or through Amazon at the following link: June Tailor 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Ink Jet Printable Fusible Web, 6-Pack .