There is one product I use repeatedly and keep well stocked: fusible thread. Fusible thread is unique in that it eliminates the need for basting and pinning on lots of sewing, quilting, and craft projects. Manufactured by several companies, fusible thread can be found online as well as in sewing and quilting stores.
Here is a partial list of applications where fusible thread can be used:
1. Positioning pockets in general sewing
2. Adhering hems without pinning
3. Positioning zippers before sewing in place
4. Positioning trims such as Ric Rac
5. Positioning appliqués
6. Adhering bindings
Although the directions for fusible thread state that it can be used in the needle, I prefer to use it in the bobbin since it’s rather thick. I always keep an extra bobbin wound with this thread handy. I also keep the thread tails in a small plastic bag for future use. Sometimes you just need a small amount of adhesion and these thread tails fit the bill.
Fusible thread is activated by the heat of an iron. Never place a hot iron on the thread itself. Press with steam from the reverse side, using a temperature appropriate for your fabric. Allow the fabric to cool before touching.
You will be seeing fusible thread in some of my upcoming quilting tutorials. If you’ve ever pricked your finger on a pin while quilting or sewing, this product is for you.