With every pattern, I learn something new. With the quilt pattern I’m currently working on, I discovered Mistyfuse™! I’ve read about it here and there, but never understood the need until Kathy explained it to me. Fusible webbing fuses fabric to fabric, and there are 2 kinds I’ve found: Mistyfuse™ and Stitch Witchery®. Mistyfuse is $3/yard and Stitch Witchery is $1/yard. So I set out to figure out the difference. ***Update: as of 2015, Stitch Witchery® is now over $2/yard***
At first glance, they look quite similar, but there one important difference – Mistyfuse is thinner and feels like just-out-of-the-dryer fabric. Stitch Witchery is stiff like thin paper.
Here they are close up – can you see the difference? The first pic is Mistyfuse.
Have you ever wondered why it’s called webbing? It looks like a spider’s web of glue.
After fusing fabric to the top of my quilt, I could quilt through both equally well, but the finished applique with the Stitch Witchery was stiffer than the Mistyfuse. With Mistyfuse, the applique felt soft – I could barely tell it was there.
I would still use Stitch Witchery where the stiffness factor won’t matter – like on the front of a Little Artist Drawing Case, but for appliqueing a quilt, Mistyfuse is one of my favorite things. I like it so much that I plan to kit it with my pattern. For now it’s in my shop here.