Updated: Jan 2 2018
Since writing this post, I've gone back to using Floriani Stitch N Wash Fusible because I prefer the texture. I found that some of the texture on the Matilda's Own Polyfuse wasn't consistent - being too thick and uneven in parts and I was really annoyed by this. So I've gone back to Floriani as I never had quality control issues with it. But now I have issues getting my hands on the Floriani so I don't have a 'perfect answer' for anyone. Experiment and find one that suits you.
In the last 2 weeks, I've been asked so many times about which fusible I use and why that I'm re-posting this article. Back in June when I first posted it, I was selling this item over in my Etsy Shop. My primary motivation was to make it available for my students who were always looking for it. I no longer sell it as it simply wasn't worth my time, however it is available out there through good quilting shops, so ask locally. And yes, I'm always trying new products, so if I find one I prefer, I'll post about it when it happens!
Matilda's Own Polyfuse
I use this product all the time in my applique. The method I use is that I reverse the pattern line drawing and then trace the reversed shapes onto the matt non shiny side of the fusible sheet. Then I cut the shape out on the line (without seam allowance). I iron it down on the wrong side of my chosen fabric and then add a seam allowance when I cut out the shape from my fabric (for edge turn applique) you could also cut the shape out without a seam allowance for raw edge, whatever suits you.
I now prefer to use Matilda's Own Polyfuse for when I draw my patterns down as you can see above. I have tried to put it through my printer for sheet printing (after cutting it down to A4 in size) but my printer didn't like it and I didn't persist. It actually spat out inky fluff balls and it damaged the head of my Epson inkjet printer (which now doesn't print) so I only use and personally recommend it for drawn patterns.
I think the best fusible for putting through a printer is actually Beth Ferrier's Wash-Away Applique Sheets (C&T Publishing) which comes pre-cut in a packet ready for printing. I don't actually sell this product, I'm just recommending it for those of you who do intend to print through your laser jet printer. I find that it has a superior finish which is smoother and easier on your printer whereas the Matilda's Own is a bit grainier and like I mentioned above, ruined my printer.
Until very recently, I used Beth Ferrier's Wash-Away Applique Sheets (C&T Publishing) all the time, I shipped it in from America and it was worth the expense as far as I was concerned. But today, the Australian dollar is dropping and with the climbing cost of international shipping, I was happy to discover that there was a new fusible available to purchase locally and this is why I now work with Matilda's Own Polyfuse so much instead.
Deciding on which fusible will work best for you depends on what you want to get out of it. As I need my fusible for drawing, the fact that I don't use it in my printer doesn't matter to me, but it is something to keep in mind depending on your own preferred technique. For those repetitions I really don't want to draw out, I switch back to Beth Ferrier's printer friendly product.
I will also add that the Matilda's Own is thinner and less noticeable on the finished applique piece whereas I have found Beth Ferrier's to be thicker (this has a place in your quilting, it just depends on the size, intensity and placement of your applique). Again, this is down to preference issues and you'll soon find out after a bit of experimentation which suits your current project better. They both have a place. But I think the fact that Matilda's Own is now here makes shipping products in from the USA less desirable (on our budgets at least). My decision to switch was because of ease, why wouldn't you buy a product available locally if you could?
I love tearaway water soluble fusible as it makes applique so much quicker and is a basic staple in my applique tool kit.
Do you use fusible?
What's YOUR favorite brand? I'd love to know!