An appliqué pressing sheet can be a very helpful tool when it comes to building and applying appliqués. In this video, ZJ Humbach shares her favorite appliqué pressing sheet and shows how to use it.
Depending on the appliqué design you are creating, there could be multiple small pieces required. Having a way to assemble those small pieces together before fusing them onto your fabric or project can be extremely helpful, and that is where an appliqué pressing sheet comes in.
ZJ shows what her favorite appliqué pressing sheet looks like and explains some of its uses. She then shows how to use it to assemble an appliqué design with multiple pieces. Because of the fact that the pressing sheet is somewhat sheer and you can see through it, you can use it in combination with the printed appliqué pattern or design underneath to line up the pieces. ZJ demonstrates how this can be done.
She also explains how the pieces themselves can be fused together on top of the pressing sheet and then still be fused again onto fabric before it is stitched in place. When sewing with appliqué, being able to fuse or adhere your shapes and pieces in place first can make sewing them much quicker and easier.
While an appliqué pressing sheet may not be considered an essential sewing tool for beginners, it is definitely a tool you should consider having if you plan on putting together appliqué designs with multiple pieces. Another tool you may want to consider having is fusible web meant for appliqué. While there are several different types and brands of fusible webs and adhesives available, having one that is pressure-sensitive and easy to reposition can make assembling multi-piece designs much easier as you can press and secure the pieces in place before permanently fusing them.