Taking the Mystery Out Of Fusible Web Tape

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Let’s take the mystery out of fusible web tapes. Fusible web tape is very similar to regular tape. It’s designed to stick things together. There’s many different types, so let’s take the mystery out of them. I’m going to use HeatnBond as an example because they have a lot of different varieties. When we look at them this way the only thing we really notice different about the packages are the colors. The colors do mean things. HeatnBond comes in many different sizes. In front of us we have a 5 mm or 3/16″, 6 mm or ¼”, 10 mm or ⅜”, 16 mm or ⅝”, 19 mm or ¾”, 22 mm, which is ⅞”. In the different sizes you can get many different product types. The first thing you need to determine is the size of tape you’re going to need. Once you’ve established the size we then can establish what the use is going to be for. The blue is called HeatnBond Feather Lite. This is really good for all different fabrics. It is permanent once those edges are sewn down. It can be machine washed and dried and it gets softer and softer as it is washed in the machine. The purple package is HeatnBond Lite. So we have Feather Lite and regular Lite. It has the same qualities as Feather Lite; it’s just a little bit stronger, so you could use it with a little bit of a heavier fabric. From there, we have this red. The red is the Ultrahold. The Ultrahold is the strongest. It is permanent but you don’t need to stitch it down, so there’s no sewing required with this red one at all. The yellow package is designed for stretchy fabrics. It’s called Soft Stretch and you can get it in Lite or Ultra. You can also use this with regular fabric; it doesn’t have to have a stretch. All four of these need to be used with an iron. If you do not want to iron, you need to look for the green package. You’re going to be able to press those layers together with your hand. Once the glue has set it is going to be permanent. The other thing you can get is Hem Adhesive. It is designed for hemming, and in the Hem tape you can get different types. You can get Regular for light to medium fabrics or Super, which is for heavier fabrics. It is permanent. It does need heat, but we don’t need to do any sewing at all with this. Let me show you an example of how these work. We’ll start with these four because they’re very similar on how they’re going to work. We have the Feather Lite, the Lite, the Ultra Hold, and the Soft Stretch. When you look very closely you’ll see that one side has a piece of paper on it. When you turn it over the other side is a little bit shiny and you can feel it has tiny little bumps on it. This side is where the glue is sitting. The paper side just makes it easy for us to use because this ends up working like a two-sided tape, but we need to iron it, so the paper is going to protect the iron. To work this the first thing you’re going to do is put the glue side down on the fabric and cut to the size that you need. Then you’re going to take the iron and press that down. The paper is the right side up so you’re not going to get any glue onto the iron. The iron for this Soft Stretch needs to be set at a medium-high with 𝒏𝒐 steam. Now you’ll hold the iron down for about five seconds. It’s important that you follow the right heat temperature for the right tape. That way it’s going to stick correctly. More heat is not going to make it stick better; it’s only going to melt it and not let it do what it’s designed to do. So no matter what fusible web you have, be sure to follow the right temperature for the iron. Once it’s cooled down, you’ll be able to take that paper off and you’ll have that fusible web stuck to the fabric. The paper has done its part. We can to get rid of that. Now we’ll be able to fold that and just hold the iron there for about five seconds. Again, we need to let that cool down so that the glue has a chance to work or to dry. Once you do this, it definitely is permanent. Now you’re going to be able to stitch along that and secure it on. All of the fusible webs with paper work in the same way. The only difference you’re going to be looking for is how strong do you want it? Are you going to use it stretchy? Do you want something light or very light or very very heavy. And this heavy one you don’t sew through at all. As a matter of fact, it’s very hard to sew through. The next is the peel and stick one. If you’re going to use it to hem up a pair of pants the first thing you’re going to do is set the hemline. I’m going to iron the position that I want my hem in, regardless if it’s a shirt sleeve or a pair of pants or a skirt. When you open up this roll, you still have the paper on one side, but this side is very sticky. You’re going to be able to cut the size that you want. You’re going to be able to take that tape and put it right along the edge of your fabric. Just rub it down. Peel back that paper and you have another really sticky side. Fold it back and press it down with your hands. It is a glue, so it will need to set. I can peel it back right away and re-adjust it, but over a couple of hours, it’s going to set and become more permanent. You can put that fabric on something of a hard surface and then rub that fabric in using something firm. I like to use the back of a pair of scissors. This is going to push those fabrics together. That’s just going to make that glue stick even better. Once you let that sit, it will be permanent. The next is hem tape. You’re going to know it’s for hems because somewhere on the package it says “hem.” The difference is this does not have any paper on it, so it’s fusible from both sides, but it’s not sticky. It is recommended that you put your hem up into the position that you want, and iron that position in. Now you can open that up. You’re going to want to put your hem tape down and then place the hem back. You want to make sure that tape is not showing or it’s going to goop up the iron, but you do want to get it as close as you can along that edge. Once no tape is showing and it’s right along that edge you’re going to be able to fuse it in place. Once you’re finished pressing it on one side, turn it over, and press it from the second side. Once that has cooled down it is permanent. The hem tape also comes in the different colors so you can get it for light, medium, and the extra heavy. When you do go to choose your fusible tapes the first thing you need to keep in mind is how wide do you want that? The next is what fabric are you going to use it on? Do you need it on a stretch fabric or a very lightweight fabric? Do you want it very heavy where you’re not going to do any sewing at all, or do you want to topstitch and finish it off? They are all permanent, they are all machine washable. If you’re quilting they do have the tapes that are designed to help set the quilt edges. I’ll put in the description a handout. This handout will help you identify what you’re going to want. I have put them by the color codes so you’ll have a good idea on what they can be used for. It’s a good reference at a glance. I’ll also put a link in the description and the link will actually go right to the HeatnBond company, where they have another chart that sort of does the same thing. It gives you a good idea on what the color codes mean. Now that we know the differences it’s going to be a lot easier to buy when we need to buy. I’ll put a link in the description to the handouts. And as always thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe you come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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