Today is March 1, and it’s going to be a month of celebrations and fun. With new and different show casings of crafts.
It’s pretty obvious, I am a quilter, but, before I was a quilter, I was also into a sewing, and crafts. I have even taught classes in sewing and crafting when we lived in Cumberland, MD at So-Fro Fabrics. I really loved it. My first experience with crafting was when I was a young teen, and went to a 4-H meeting where they were doing pottery on the wheel. From that day, and to this, I still love pottery. While I’ve never purchased a potters wheel and kiln, I’ve had the opportunity to dabble with them over the years. Many crafts are done with fabric, and this is where a quilter draws on that knowledge. Probably the first “craft” type items we have seen were done in quilting are Crazy Quilts. Crazy Quilts are the epitomy of a craft type item, which also happens to be a quilt. With Crazy Quilts, you can use charms, buttons, embroidery, cross stitch, netting, lace, just about any type of texture and embellishment and have so much fun with it. As time passed, it also came into more of the “art” type quilts we see today along with wearables. Terial Magic is perfect for these types of projects.
Terial Magic essentially speaking is a fabric stiffener. It’s main purpose is to stiffen fabric so you can shape it into various shapes. It’s not really meant for you to wash the fabric afterwards, but it is washable and when washed it removes the stiffener. You can see some of the amazing projects that Terial Magic is meant to do here.
Terial Magic was never meant to do turn edge applique, but someone came along and tried it, and to some degree it does work well. In other ways, not so well. This tutorial isn’t about what it doesn’t do well tho, although I’ll show you examples below of why it doesn’t do well below. This is about how to use the product, and trying it for yourself. What Terial Magic does do well is if your doing raggy applique, rag edge applique, reverse applique, anywhere that you don’t have to turn your fabric to the other side, or inside out.
Essentially, it replaces the idea of using Heat-N-Bond, but it’s not a replacement for Heat-N-Bond, the two products are not the same, even tho they are both fabric stiffeners. Terial Magic doesn’t have the glue-like properties in it like you expect Heat-N-Bond to have.
When I was researching, and am still researching a perfect way to cut fabric on a cutting machine, Terial Magic was brought to my attention by Kari in the Bernina Designer Plus v7 Yahoo Group. So I ordered some and gave it a try.
This tutorial is for those of you who use cutting machines. It doesn’t matter which cutting machine you use other than die cutting machines such as Accuquilt, If you own KNK, Silhouette, Brother SNC or the Cricut or any of the various others on the market, then finding a way to cut your fabric without a Heat-N-Bond type product is not an easy thing to find.
Terial Magic comes in a liquid spray bottle, it is of course liquid, but somewhat sticky in it’s touch, and has a lovely clean smell to it. I don’t think their is one without the slight fragrance, so if you have issues with something like Best Press, you might have issues also with Terial Magic.
It use to be shipped with the pump already attached to the bottle, but in 2014, they changed this shipping method so that the pump is now separated when shipping and it has a separate cap with a seal on the bottle so that no liquid can possibly escape during shipping. They also sell a refill bottle.
The following is how to use Terial Magic.
The simple idea is to gather your fabrics in the sizes that you need.
Several pieces of plastic (one for each of the fabrics your spraying), I used an old plastic freezer bags, your iron, some dishwashing gloves if you don’t like your hands to get sticky and Terial Magic.
You do not need to fully wet the piece with the spray, (if you do, you’ve oversprayed), as you scrunch the fabric in your hands, the liquid will flow thorough the rest of the cloth. You do need the entire piece of cloth to be fully wet, but it doesn’t need to be wet like dripping wet, just enough to see that it’s wet.
When you get to the last piece, clean up your bowl with your fabric, your still going to have to wash your bowl, but Terial Magic is not inexpensive, in fact it’s quite expensive, so feel free to clean up your bowl before you spray to get those last lingering very expensive droplets onto your cloth.
Call me silly, but I don’t like wasting stuff when it is very expensive.
Lay your fabric unlike me on a clean flat surface, such as your ironing board. I did place a white towel at some point on my mat to iron on a clean surface, I just took these pictures at the wrong time.
As it fully dries, you’ll see the stiffness happening.
I’m going to add here that I’ve read about people putting their fabric into the oven to dry, they’ve used their dryers, but I would never use my oven in particular to dry fabric in. I have a gas oven, it would only take a small scrap to fall into the bottom and I’d have a fire on my hands. Terial Magic is not recommended for the dryer, I do not know why. I always hang mine on a small clothing rack I have.
It dries very quickly outside, and I haven’t had to waste precious gas resources.
Cutting With Your Cutting Machine
and Terial Magic as the medium for your fabric.
In the cutting machine, Terial Magic is like gold, it cuts your fabric like cutting butter, “slices”/cuts without issue. Perfect, with no additional mediums needed in order to cut it.
Turn Edge Under Applique
So, let me show you why Terial Magic is not meant for this technique, it’s not that it won’t work, but it does have some issues in that regard.
Let me note, I absolutely love this product, even with turned edge applique it can work. For the most part, even with curves, it works very well for turn edge under applique. But it does have some issues. Let me show you what I mean..
In normal turn edge applique, even these types of areas can be an issue, so it’s not like Terial Magic is the problem here, but it sure doesn’t help it either.
When I was doing Little Treasures in 2014, I learned about Terial Magic in about April/May or so that year and immediately ordered some. Once I got it, I really loved it and for the most part I was quite satisfied with the results.
Now let me state, I am not a perfectionist when it comes to quilting, I try to do my best, but I’m not going to be go crazy over being perfect either. I’m usually pretty happy with things a judge at a quilt show would turn her nose up at… I’m simply not bothered.
I’m hoping that by showing these pictures, you can see the “squared” bottom, and the non points on the curls of these dolls.
I will note that when doing Turn Edge applique, if you slightly wet the edge that’s free from freezer paper, it does help turn those edges under, but you do have to be careful about getting the freezer paper itself wet. When the freezer paper gets wet, it loses it’s ability to help you turn the edge to where you want it to be.
Washing Your Project
This tutorial has been in “the writing” stages since 2014. Parts of the lesson include the Little Treasures Block Of The Month from that year. The main reason I never released it, is because I was hoping to find something that would cut fabric better, but the reality is, it is still difficult to cut fabric with any type of medium other than Heat-N-Bond.
Recently however, I saw a video on youtube, where people are “sandwiching” fabric between two pieces of freezer paper to cut the fabric. This will work, but the biggest headache I see here is lifting that paper off of the mat after the cut. If you’ve ever cleaned especially freezer paper (not the waxy side) off of the mat, you know how difficult it is to get clean. You wouldn’t want to use a brand new, sticky mat to do it.
Another way to cut fabric is to use a medium weight woven iron on stabilizer. Yes, the kind you use in clothing as interfacing. While your still ironing one side of the stabilizer to the fabric, it’s at least not ironing both sides once your ready to do your applique. You also get a little extra “stiffness” on those applique turns and points that you don’t get if you just use freezer paper. Interfacing used in clothing is for allowing the areas like collars, waistbands, and belts to stand up, so cutting points into it, or working with curves is perfect for interfacings, since they are made for this purpose in the first place.
Currently, I use the medium weight woven iron stabilizer to cut my fabric.
I am trying something new I read about the other day with something called Transfer paper for Vinyls, which has the potential to work perfectly. I’ve ordered some and will report on it once I know more.
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March 01, 2016
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