Just before Christmas I asked readers if anyone had used Mistyfuse as it is a product I had not seen in Australia. After an email exchange with the folks at Mistyfuse I received a sample to test. Before I go any further other than receiving a sample I am not affiliated with Mistyfuse or stand to gain in any way from this small review.
Mistyfuse is a range of formulated thermoplastic polymer fusibles that comes in 3 types: black, white and ultraviolet. The Ultraviolet fusible is formulated with protection against the tanning effect of long term exposure to UV rays so it is ideal of any work that you want to last a long time. All their products are manufactured, under strict environmental safety supervision and are friendly to the environment. The product produced is a fine yet strong web with no added adhesives. Since there is no adhesives there is no stiff, gooey stuff to stitch through in fact the effect on the drape and hand of the fabric is barely noticed.
This week I decided to put this product through its paces and chose to fuse fine silk to linen foundation with a couple of contrasting areas of rayon. Under the hand the linen felt like linen the silk behaved like silk and rayon well … it remained its rayon-ish self. This is an image of the first layer of the sample I worked. It is in the format of a fabric postcard.
Next I proceeded to use stitches that involve knotting the thread, twisting the thread and scooping the needle in the process of stitching.
Hand embroidery stitches that involve these actions do not normally behave when using other fusibles. With stitches like these, any stickiness on the thread causes the thread to grab and knot where you don’t want a knot to be! Bullions and French knots can not be worked with a thread that is even slightly gummed up. Stitches that involve a lot of looping such as Oyster stitch look stiff and if they are too gummy from an adhesive and often catch on themselves (in the wrong place) as they are being worked.
Threads will also influence how a stitch is worked so I included a number of different fibers in this sample. I used cotton and linen threads in a mix of weights but also added threads that don’t like being gummed up or are delicate. So to the mix of fibers I added silk, wool, and metallic blending threads. All behaved themselves wonderfully.
As you can see I really built up the layers of stitches on this fabric postcard sample. Then just to top it off I added beads. Mistyfuse behaved itself beautifully! It is a great product and has won my heart and frankly I won’t be buying anything else.
Mistyfuse can be doubled and tripled for heavy fabrics like denim. Apparently Mistyfuse holds for wet painting in tepid water which means it should be possible to combine it with contemporary surface design techniques. I plan to explore that aspect of the product next. Mistyfuse is steam heat reactivatable so you can iron lightly with a hot steam iron to refresh a bond if necessary after repeated washings.
Not only is suitable for hand embroiderers it is of course ideal for applique and quilters will find it useful. Mistyfuse will ship internationally. For Aussies apparently Craft Mailbox in Malabar (who I have not dealt with before) Punch with Judy (who I have dealt with happily before) stock it in Australia. (I am not affiliated with any of these businesses). For those readers who live down under it really is better than other products we have easy access to as I say I won’t be buying anything else from now on.