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From: searose
Date: 11-03-2006, 01:46 PM (1 of 9)
:Canada: Can anyone tell me why manufacturers don't pre-shrink interfacing and bias-tape? I would be a nice shortcut to the sewing process and one less thing to forget. Lynne
User: searose
Member since: 09-30-2006
Total posts: 45
From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-06-2006, 10:22 PM (2 of 9)
Because it will cost you twice to three times as much if they did...because you would be paying them to put in new equiptment and more people for what YOU can do for yourself...
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: Seemstame
Date: 12-11-2006, 06:25 PM (3 of 9)
I avoid using it because I did once back in the 60's and it puckered all up. That's all I can remember about the whole incident, not what I used it on nor how.

I often thought I could use it if I prewash it, but I'm not sure how to go about it without losing it's fold and such. Is there a way do that?

Guess I should have made it clear that I was talking about bias-tape. Anyone know a good way to pre-wash it without losing the fold?
User: Seemstame
Member since: 04-01-2001
Total posts: 16
From: weezyrider
Date: 12-12-2006, 10:09 AM (4 of 9)
I've seen articles that mention hanging interfacing in the shower ( where water doesn't hit but steam does). I have a Rowenta steam generator that puts out enough steam. But even with all that, it still puckers. I've kinda given up on iron on and gone to sew in. I also saw an article that said to buy really good interfacing rather than the pellon that is sold in most fabric stores. I bought some fairly expensive interfacing when I was making dress shirts, and had a lot less problems with it.

User: weezyrider
Member since: 08-19-2003
Total posts: 218
From: DorothyL
Date: 12-12-2006, 05:07 PM (5 of 9)
Weezy --
There are some synthetic fabrics that interfacing just won't stick to -- no mater what.
For most fabrics I find fusi-knit works the best.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: SmilieFace
Date: 02-19-2007, 11:25 PM (6 of 9)
I bought some pre-shrunk fusible interfacing the other day. It wasn't terribly expensive, especially after the 50% off coupon at JoAnns.
User: SmilieFace
Member since: 01-07-2007
Total posts: 11
From: sewmuchfun
Date: 02-23-2007, 07:18 PM (7 of 9)
To preshrink fusible interfacing all you do is soak it in very hot water then lay it out.. It's shrinks just like that.. .I make my own bias tape so it's already preshrunk. I wash and preshrink all my fabric when I get it home from the store.. that way I don't have to remember which was or wasn't done..

Hope this helps


User: sewmuchfun
Member since: 07-22-2005
Total posts: 67
From: grandson
Date: 02-26-2007, 03:25 PM (8 of 9)
Did you try a running stitch and then after it is washed and dried, iron that fold back in? Just a thought. :smile:
User: grandson
Member since: 06-14-2005
Total posts: 5
From: MaryW
Date: 02-27-2007, 09:59 AM (9 of 9)
Could someone please have Weezyrider contact me. I can't seem to find an email address for her. She won the Ottobre magazine way back when and I have to send it to her!

Please, if you can get her attention, tell her I need to contact her. She can contact me <email address removed for privacy>

Thanks everybody.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
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