How to remove fusible fabric web residue

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Fusible webbing is a handy material for those who sew or use fabric for other craft projects, as it bonds two pieces of fabric or a piece of fabric and paper without the need to sew them together. One challenge of working with fusible web is if you ever decide that you want to remove it. You may find that if you simply try to peel apart the two layers, you are left with a sticky residue or scraps of the web still adhered. Don't worry, though. With the right technique and persistence, you can remove even the most stubborn of fusible web adhesive.

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Things you need

  • Iron with steam function
  • Flat hard ironing surface such as an ironing board without a cover
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Spray water bottle
  • Make-up sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Set your iron on its highest steam setting and let it warm up for five to 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Hold the iron over the fusible web that is adhered to the fabric for 10 seconds, or until the adhesive on the web begins to melt. Place a scrap of fabric over the top of the web if it is no longer sandwiched between fabric or fabric and paper to prevent it from making your iron sticky.

  3. 3

    Peel the web from the fabric quickly, while still hot. Work in small patches if dealing with a large piece of fabric. Spray the fabric fused with webbing with water if more heat and steam is needed to free the webbing.

  4. 4

    Place a damp scrap of fabric on the fabric that has the fusible webbing on it once the main part of the webbing has been removed.

  5. 5

    Hold the iron over the top of the scrap of fabric for 10 seconds and then peel the two pieces of fabric apart to remove the adhesive residue that may still be attached to your main piece of fabric. Repeat this process until all residue is removed.

  6. 6

    Dampen a make-up sponge with rubbing alcohol and dab the dampened sponge on the fabric to remove any stubborn adhesive residue you are unable to remove with the damp scrap of fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the rubbing alcohol with your main fabric in a small and less noticeable area before you start rubbing it all over the fabric to make sure it doesn't make the dye run.

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