One of the first steps in fusing fabric is to apply the glue to the fabric for 5-7 seconds with a hot, dry iron. Seems simple, right? But I have discovered that in different regions of the country, people count at a different pace. So 5 seconds in Alabama is not 5 seconds in New York City.
Therefore I have implemented the Chicago School of Fusing Method of Counting!
First, pretend you are Lawrence Welk. You are conducting the orchestra in a polka. The beat goes: 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3. (Do NOT include the North Dakota “anda” between the numbers.)
- Count out loud. If you do this rhythm 4 times correctly, a total of 6 seconds will pass.
- Now draw a straight line on the non-glue side of the fusible web.
- Place the glue side of the fusible web onto the fabric.
- Place the hot (cotton setting) iron on the right side of the line.
- Begin the polka. Repeat after me: 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3.
- As you begin your 1,2,3s glide the iron across the line so you end up with the line on the right side of the iron by your last 1,2,3.
- There! Not only do you have the correct speed for fusing but you can dance as well.