How to Remove Fusible Web

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Fusible webbing is often used as backing on applique pieces or as a heat set method to combine two pieces of fabric instead of sewing them. Fusible web is fused to the fabric using heat, most often by ironing. At times it is necessary to remove fusible web, whether due to an error or because you decide to rework an old project into something new. Steam and heat are needed to remove the webbing and the adhesive completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Steam iron
  • Fabric scraps
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol

Heat a steam iron on the highest steam setting. Hold it 1/2 inch over the fusible web to be removed and steam for 5 to 10 seconds. Peel the webbing off before it has a chance to cool.

Press the iron onto the web for 5 seconds but do not move the iron. Lift the iron and immediately pull the webbing off.

Dampen a fabric scrap with water and lay it on top of the adhesive the fusible web left behind on the fabric. Iron over the fabric scrap for 5 to 10 seconds, then peel the scrap off. Repeat with a fresh fabric scrap until most of the adhesive is removed.

Dampen a sponge with rubbing alcohol and gently rub the remaining adhesive until it is completely removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rubbing alcohol can damage fabric dye, so test on a hidden area first.

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