How to Applique With Fusible Adhesive – Step-by-Step Guide

One of the easiest and most convenient methods for applique is using fusible adhesive, which eliminates the need for hand-sewing or using a sewing machine. Fusible adhesive is essentially a thin layer of glue that’s activated by heat and bonds the applique fabric securely to the base fabric. To successfully applique with fusible adhesive, it’s important to select a high-quality thread that can endure regular washing and strain. With this step-by-step guide, you'll learn how to applique with fusible adhesive using Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread, resulting in professional-looking and durable applique designs.

Do You Have to Use Fusible Web for Appliqué?

Appliqué is a popular technique in sewing and crafting, where fabric pieces are attached to a background fabric to create decorative designs or patterns. One common method of attaching the fabric pieces is by using a fusible adhesive, also known as fusible web.

Fusible web is a thin adhesive material that’s activated by heat. It typically comes in sheets or rolls and has a paper backing that can be easily peeled off. The adhesive side of the web is placed between the fabric piece and the background fabric, and then heat is applied to bond the layers together.

While fusible web is a commonly used method for appliqué, it isn’t the only option. There are other ways to attach fabric pieces, such as using hand or machine stitching. However, using fusible web offers several advantages. It provides a strong bond, ensuring that the fabric pieces stay securely in place even after multiple washes or heavy use. It also creates a smooth and seamless finish, without any visible stitching lines.

There are different brands and varieties available, each with their own features and properties. One popular option is Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread. This thread is made of 100% core-spun polyester, which makes it durable and long-lasting. It’s specifically designed for use with sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, such as the Janome CoverPro family of machines.

To use fusible web with Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread, start by cutting out the fabric pieces for your appliqué design. Place the fusible web on the wrong side of each fabric piece, with the adhesive side facing the fabric. Use a press cloth to protect your iron and then apply heat to the fabric and web, following the manufacturers instructions.

Once the fabric pieces are fused to the web, arrange them on the background fabric in your desired design. Use a press cloth to protect the fabric and then apply heat again to bond the fabric pieces to the background fabric. Make sure to press firmly and evenly, so that the pieces adhere securely.

After the appliqué is complete, you can choose to secure the fabric pieces further by stitching around the edges. The thread is strong and reliable, ensuring that your appliqué stays in place even with regular use.

This thread is specifically designed for use with sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, offering durability and longevity. By following the step-by-step guide and using the right materials, you can create beautiful and long-lasting appliqué designs.

Tips and Techniques for Using Fusible Web Effectively and Achieving a Strong Bond Between Fabric Pieces.

  • Choose a high-quality fusible web brand.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • Pre-wash and dry your fabric to remove any sizing or chemicals that may interfere with the adhesion.
  • Place the fusible web rough side down onto the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Apply heat to activate the adhesive, using an iron set to the appropriate temperature for your fabric.
  • Hold the iron in place for the recommended amount of time, usually around 10-15 seconds.
  • Allow the fused fabric to cool completely before handling or moving.
  • Check for any loose or partially fused areas and reapply heat if necessary.
  • Avoid excessive stretching or pulling of the fabric, as this can weaken the bond.
  • Store fused fabric pieces with a protective layer between them to prevent sticking.


By following the step-by-step guide provided, you can easily achieve professional-looking results. Additionally, using high-quality threads like the Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread can ensure that your applique work withstands frequent washing and strain, adding durability to your finished projects. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced sewer, this technique allows you to add unique and eye-catching designs to various fabric items. So, grab your fusible adhesive, fabric scraps, and a reliable thread and start creating beautiful applique designs today!

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