Tips & Tricks: Pressing Sheet How-To's

Applique Pressing Sheet

Pressing sheets are wonderful for machine applique as they make assembling multi-pieced applique patterns a snap, and they're made from several different durable materials.

The early ones were Teflon sheets, and are still a favorite for many people. The newer ones are made from either a polygon-coated fabric or fiberglass impregnated with Teflon. All are see-through and they withstand high temperatures. The fusible web sticks to the pressing sheet, but does not come off on it; the webbing stays on the back of the applique pieces.

How to Use a Pressing Sheet

To Use: Lay the applique pattern diagram flat on an ironing board. Place the pressing sheet over it and anchor the corners of both with straight pins. Peel the paper backing off the applique pieces and assemble it by matching the pieces to the diagram. Fuse as you go.

When finished, allow the applique to cool for a few seconds, then peel it off the pressing sheet. The design is now in one piece, which makes it so much easier to fuse to the background fabric.

• Use an overlay to fuse details onto the applique before removing it from the pressing sheet.

To Clean: Wipe with a damp cloth because occasionally fusible web will stick to the pressing sheet.

To Store: Roll them rather than folding them. It prevents permanent creases in the material.

A No-No: Do not use the pressing sheet to line cookie sheets for baking cookies, then use it for assembling appliques. The oils from the cookies permeate the pressing sheet and they will come off on the appliques. Buy a separate pressing sheet for cookie baking.