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From: Lynnie
Date: 04-03-2006, 09:22 AM (1 of 5)
Do you pre-shrink your fusible interfacing? If so, how?

I've read about shrinking it with steam from an iron, but that doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe it's because i don't have a very good iron, but it doesn't seem to do anything to the interfacing.

I made a test garment that uses fusilbe interfacing in the facings around the collor and sent it through the washer and dryer. (The fabric itself had already been pre-shrunk this way before construction.) Now anywhere there is interfacing the fabric is puckered.

My latest try is putting it in a bowl of hot water and then hanging it up to dry. Do you think that will help? Does it make a difference if it is woven or non-woven? I have some of each in my stash.
User: Lynnie
Member since: 02-23-2006
Total posts: 44
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-03-2006, 09:42 AM (2 of 5)
I like the knit and blast it with the steam iron. I've had almost no problems since I've switched -- almost totally -- to the knit.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-03-2006, 09:46 AM (3 of 5)
Oh, I forgot to mention another big help with fusible interfacing.
Fuse it to the fabric first, then cut out the pattern piece.
It really helps get rid of all the problems with shrinking and puckering and stretching off grain. There is, of course, some waste and sometimes you have to put in a little extra thought and effort to keep things on grain but I really think it is worth it.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: sewingrandma
Date: 04-03-2006, 10:59 AM (4 of 5)
I was having problems with interfacing so I googled it and found a wealth of information. You are doing the right thing by soaking in warm water. If the interfacing is a nonwoven you can hang to dry but if it is woven you want to lay it flat. I've also used my steam iron to shrink it and have good luck with it, and also pressed the interfacing to the fabric before cutting and this works well also. All of these hint/suggestions were given by the different sites I looked into.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: quidscribis
Date: 04-03-2006, 10:41 PM (5 of 5)
I can only get medium and heavy fusible interfacing - no knits or anything else here! What I've done is sprayed the interfacing with plain water (and it shrivels before my eyes) until it's soaked, then iron it onto the fabric (which, of course, was already washed). That works for me with no problems.
User: quidscribis
Member since: 10-26-2005
Total posts: 16
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