Paper-Backed Fusible Web Before tracing the design onto fusible web, check to see if the design is symmetrical (i.e. different right and left sides, such as letters). If the design is symmetrical, you can simply trace the design directly on the paper side of the fusible web. If the design or pattern is asymmetrical, then you should trace it onto tracing paper. Then turn the tracing paper over to copy it (wrong side up) onto the paper side of the fusible web. If you don’t do this, the asymmetrical design will appear in reverse on the fabric.
TIP Be sure to use a press cloth larger than the appliqué to avoid getting the fusible product on your iron.
Heat Transfers Asymmetric
Trace the design directly onto the paper backing (smooth side), but don’t cut out the design on the design lines.
Place the fusible side of paper-backed fusible web against the wrong side of the chosen appliqué fabric. Fuse, following the manufacturer's instructions, and then cut the appliqué fabric and web together along the design lines.
Heat transfers are included in some patterns and are often sold in books. They can usually be used only once and come with complete transfer instructions. As a general rule, you’ll need an iron and press cloth. Simply position the transfer, design side down, on the appliqué fabric. With the press cloth over the transfer, apply heat and pressure to transfer the design lines directly on the appliqué fabric. Before lifting the transfer off, check a corner to be sure the design lines transferred completely.
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