Sewing is a great hobby. You can pick up a quick project and sew for 10-15 minutes then come back to it tomorrow, next week, even next year. Or you can sit and sew full-on for the full weekend if you like. Your sewing machine won't complain it's tired.
Actually, finding the time to sew is the hardest part of sewing I think. How many of us truly have the time we want to dedicate to our favorite hobby? How many of us have rushed a project because we don't have all the time we need, and then made a mistake and had to spend 15 minutes with the seam ripper? Hands up – me too. Many times.
How I saved time in the sewing room
We've been following along with a series about sewing tools, looking at whether spending more can give us better results, give us more fun or save us some time. Today this is a semi-related article to that because I spent money, which I am usually loathed to do, and actually saved so much time and effort that I had to share it with you.
This is my time-saving miracle. What – it doesn't look like much? No, it really doesn't but this super-sheet has revolutionized the way I use my iron on interfacing and saved me a tonne of time when it comes to bag making. Let me show you.
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Save time when using fusible interfacing
The old way:
Cut out the fabric, fussy cutting as necessary. Trim a little off all of the pattern pieces. Use those smaller pattern pieces to cut individual pieces of interfacing. Match up the interfacing with the fabric. Fabric wrong side up, interfacing centered on top – fuse the interfacing. Can't see the fabric so sometimes I get wrinkles and bubbles and don't notice until later. Clean the iron because inevitably it still gets sticky from coming into contact with the edge of the fusible. Wipe brow and it's lunchtime already.
Now I have two quick choices:
1. Fussy cut the fabric and then fuse all the pieces to the interfacing in one go and cut them out. The sticky stuff is face up so won't stick to the ironing board, the fabric is on top so can be fused smoothly and you can make sure there aren't any wrinkles or bubbles and the applique sheet stops the fusible sticking to the iron. You can fuse right to the edges quickly and easily with no mess.
2. OR – See how much fabric I need, fuse the whole piece to the interfacing in one go and then cut out the pattern pieces already with interfacing fused to them! Or with a larger bag, I can cut the fabric into manageable pieces, fuse those and then cut out the pattern.
So much quicker than the old way I used to have to do it without the applique sheet – not to mention all the time I've saved not having to clean all that glue off my iron.
The applique pressing sheet
I bought my pressing sheet from at a local store. It measures 18 x 20 inches, is glossy on both sides so you can use it either way. I keep it rolled up at my ironing board and use it all the time.
You can also get them at:
- Keeps edges from rolling on small pieces, press them through the sheet.
- Protects delicate fabrics
- Prevents iron scorch or gummy transfers to your finished projects
- Stops fusible interfacing sticking to the iron or the ironing board
- Use with traditional applique pieces
- Use to iron interfacing to bag patterns, either a piece at a time or in big sheets to save all that time
Get one if you like to make bags!