3 types of Steam A Seam: What do each have in common & what are the differences?
What each has in common
- The bond is the same but you may prefer one over the other depending on your project.
- All are pressure sensitive sticky back
- Allows repositioning BEFORE ironing.
- Repositionable on vertical design wall.
- Permanent once ironed down
- Comes in multiple sizes.
- Sandwiched between two paper backings for easy release.
- NEW: 1" grid backing
- Easy to know which side is the release backing.
- Easy to know which side to trace the shape.
- Easy for fabric grain line position.
- Easy to to optimize the space with tracing patterns.
- Easy to see scale and size of piece.
Steam A Seam
- Sticky Back
- The original, Steam-A-Seam Sticky Back, has the pressure sensitive adhesive (the "stick") on one side
- Allows paper fusible shape to be applied to an appliqué material.
- Sandwich of Paper shape and applique is repositionable BUT cannot change fabric.
- Once fused the fabric is stiffer than lite version.
Steam A Seam 2 & Lite version
- Double Stick
- Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick is pressure sensitive on both sides
- Temporary hold on both appliqué material and background paper.
- Double sided stick allows removal of applique shape from one fabric and placed on another.
- LITE VERSION: Once fused the feel of the fabric is lighter, sometimes referred to as a lighter hand.
Steam A Seam2 Information
- A pressure sensitive coating on both sides of the
web allows it to temporarily stick to the appliqué material, then adheres
the appliqué piece to the background.
- The entire appliqué
stays in place without shifting and is repositionable until pressed with an
- It is even possible to try on a garment and reposition the appliqués
before fusing to ensure exact placement.
- When completely satisfied with
the design, fuse all the materials in one final step.
mind at any time!
Nothing is permanent until pressed with an iron.
- If you change your mind about the appliqué fabric you are using, simply peel
off Steam A Seam2and stick it to new fabric.
- There is
no waste. Since you haven't fused Steam A Seam2 to your appliqué
material, you can remove it from your fabric scraps and use both the excess fabric
and Steam A Seam2 for other projects.
Materials that can be fused with
Steam A Seam and Steam A Seam 2
- Lace, Ribbon and Dollies
- Ultrasuede and Velvet
- Knits and Lamé
- Denim, Nylon and Canvas
- Bias Tape and Zippers
- Paper and Cardboard
- Gold Leaf
- Paper Maché Boxes and Wood
- Terra Cotta Pots, and Dried
- Flowers Magnets
- Small Beads
- Glass bottles, Copper and Foam
When using heavier fabrics, press both the front and back side of your appliqué. Don't worry about overheating Steam-A-Seam. Chances are you will scorch your material rather than completely dissipate the web.
vs. "Double Stick":
Two types of Steam-A-Seam are available. The
bond is the same but you may prefer one over the other depending on your project.
The original, Steam-A-Seam Sticky Back, has the pressure sensitive adhesive
(the "stick") on one side which allows for a temporary hold to the appliqué material.
It shifts easily on the second material allowing you to quickly reposition your
appliqué pieces until pressed with an iron for a permanent bond. Once fused the
bond is the same as Steam A Seam2. Steam A Seam2 Double
Stick has the pressure sensitive on both sides which allows for a temporary
hold to both the appliqué material and the background material. You can hold your
project vertically and the appliqué pieces stay in place and are still repositionable
until fused with an iron. Before fusing, tack your project to a wall or try on
a garment to check appliqué placement. You're able to reposition pieces while
you're wearing them. Once fused the bond is the same as the original Steam-A-Seam.
Once fused, Steam A Seam2 is washable
and dry-cleanable. Unfinished edges won't lift or fray. If you choose to finish
the edges you can sew through the pressed appliqué without gumming up your needle
or finish the edges with paint. We do not recommend drying with a dryer sheet.
fabric to remove sizing and other chemicals which may prevent the fabric from
sticking to the web. Use with or without steam. Set iron temperature according
to the type of fabric you are using.
- Trace appliqué design
in grid side of paper liner and remove the second paper liner.
- Stick Steam A Seam2
to the wrong side of the appliqué material.
- Cut Steam A Seam2
and material together along the traced lines.
- Peel off remaining paper
liner (leaving the web on the fabric) and stick appliqué to second material.
Reposition as desired.
- Press for 10-15 seconds for cotton fabric (adjust
temperature and fusing time to fabric). Repeat, overlapping pressed areas.
wash and dry at low heat or dry clean. Not recommended for use with dryer sheets.
Steam A Seam2
is available in various sizes including narrow widths for seams and hems.