Since Melody blogged about this yesterday, I had to chime in.
Seriously, that bad Wonder Under can drive a girl bananas. I have lots of it. In fact, I wrote Pellon and complained about the five bad yards I had just purchased at Walmart and they sent me five replacement yards. That would be great... except it's bad too.
I tried waiting to peel the paper until the next day. I tried peeling the paper while hot. I tried peeling the paper while cold -- even straight out of the freezer. It's just all around bad.
Then as I was cruising the aisles at our local Super Target (which I adore!), I saw this...
The parchment paper, not the glue or the messy nest of floss.
I had heard about such a beast, but usually only in the context of chocolate chip cookies. Vaguely the rememberance of using it with fusible creeped into my brain. I think the roll cost about $2.34.
When I got it home I tried peeling the fusible off the bad Wonder Under release paper, carefully laying it over the fabric, then laying a piece of the parchment over the top. It was so slick. I mean literally slick. It fused the webbing so flat and smooth and tight, I nearly did a back flip in relief and celebration. I immediately through the original release paper from the WU away lest it get confused with the parchment.
I also put a piece of parchment over all the wrinkly, bad, spotty WU that was fused on other fabric and it improved the surface significantly.
Of course this is all old hat to you. You have a couple of rolls of parchment in your studio right next to the freezer paper, right?
I'm not sure why Mel is so excited about the Telflon cooking sheets though I'm sure they work great. Maybe there is some downside to my new best friend, Parchment. Mel, will you enlighten me?
I also bought some Misty Fuse at the local quilt store when I was cursing the WU. But I haven't had a chance to use it with the parchment yet. I bet it will be brilliant.
Oh and what have I been making with all this freshly fused fabric? Tune in later.
Edited to Add:
Now that Mel has written about the obvious advantages of the Telflon sheets, I must add that I'm in a temporary apartment until our home is done. (I decided not to bring too many art supplies. I even packed up the sewing machine. It only took me about two days to regret that decision.) So, when I decided to do a small project, I wanted to buy just what I absolutely needed and not spend too much. Plus, I needed it now now now. I am nothing if not cheap and impatient. I'm not proud of it. But it's true. Parchment was easily available and cheap.