First of all, I am going to start off by issuing an apology to the makers and distributors of Mistyfuse, who very kindly sent me some to review. I have taken a shockingly long time to complete my review, so I am sorry for that.
So, let’s get started. Having volunteered to review a sample of a sewing-related item, I was a little nonplussed to relieve some Mistyfuse in the post. I wondered what on earth it was and how I was going to use it. Actually, the information on the packet is quite concise, but I still ended up Googling it and spending ages watching You Tube videos.
For those who don’t know, Mistyfuse is a very fine fusible web used for attaching light fabrics to each other, usually for appliqué. I was planning to do some appliqué on a mini quilt, so this gave me an opportunity to try out something which may suit my purposes better than my standard fusible.
Mistyfuse is almost like cobwebs to touch
I decided to have a go at making a couple of appliqué pictures I had planned on last summer but not got round to doing before. I chose to use my usual fusible for one and the Mistyfuse for the other, in order to compare them (I am not very experienced at appliqué, so I thought this was a good way to give an opinion).
Mistyfuse works in the same way as a standard fusible used for appliqué, but instead of having backing paper you transfer shapes from another medium, such as baking parchment. This means that you don’t have to faff around reversing the shape. This was where You Tube became invaluable. It is so useful being able to see demonstrations of how to use a new item.
I prepped my shapes for the picture using my usual fusible, which I use as I find it easy to cut out shapes. It also doesn’t tend to allow fraying, as there is quite a lot of glue. The only problem I usually come up against is forgetting to reverse the shapes.
Then I moved on to the Mistyfuse. First things first, I needed fabric roughly the size of the shapes I needed to cut. This is so you don’t waste too much fabric or fusible. I cut sections of Mistyfuse a similar size to each piece of fabric, sandwiched them between 2 pieces of baking parchment and followed the pressing instructions. It fused nicely, although there were some wispy bit of Mistyfuse left round the edge. These rub off quite easily.
To transfer my shapes, I drew them on to some parchment (I made a mistake here and used an ordinary pencil instead of a chalk fabric pencil), layered up the drawn on parchment, the fabric with the Mistyfuse on, and a top layer of parchment and then pressed again. Lol and behold, the shape transferred onto the Mistyfuse enough for me to then be able to cut out my shapes. I was left with pencil residue, which could be seen through some of the paler fabrics, so this is why a chalk pencil would have been better.
Both lots of appliqué were then attached to the backing fabric and stitched in place. I used some Stitch & Tear to help stabilise everything as the pieces and overall picture were small. The pictures turned out well, regardless of which fusible I used. However, as this is a review, I need to give my opinion.
I liked being able to use my shapes the correct way up, and to not have to worry about whether I had reversed them or not. To a certain extent, the shapes were easier to cut out, as I didn’t have to worry about the backing paper with the drawn shape on shifting as I cut. The appliquéd picture felt less bulky on the Mistyfuse version, and I didn’t get any sticky residue on my needle. On the other hand, it was a faff getting used to putting the fabric etc. in between parchment before pressing (but necessary, as I swiftly learnt), and I found that the fabric frayed more easily at the edges, especially the really small bits when I sewed.
In conclusion, I liked using the Mistyfuse, and will use it again, but probably when I either have shapes with few curves (so less cutting across the bias and less fraying), or I am using it to layer on something which needs give in it. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.