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From: sue in NE
Date: 03-10-2007, 04:55 PM (1 of 10)
Not sure if the question belonge here but need help.
How do you preshrink interfacing before applying it? i grasp the need to match knit, woven interfacing and fabric , and the different weights but have a terrible time with this aspect. tried ironing it on, then cutting it out. better results, but does not apply to all areas needing inetrfacing.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-11-2007, 09:06 AM (2 of 10)
Some people had wash it and hang to dry. I tried that once and it worked just fine. It seems like the sticker stuff would wash off but it doesn't. But I usually steam it when I apply it and that works well too. I even just steam the sew in kind.
I almost always iron on first and then cut too.
I really don't like the non-woven stuff. I usually use the knit, although I rarely sew with knit fabrics, or woven interfacing.
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From: pigeon
Date: 03-16-2007, 10:43 AM (3 of 10)
the fusible kind?


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From: temom
Date: 03-16-2007, 11:08 AM (4 of 10)
Pigeon, I never knew you were supposed to do that until this thread came out.
I wonder if that contributed to the "bubbling" problem I had? I haven't attempted another project with fusable interfacing since.
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From: MaryW
Date: 03-16-2007, 11:15 AM (5 of 10)
Yes, always wash interfacing before using it. Fusible or non, it makes no difference. Swish it around in a sink full of warm water and then let it hang to dry.
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From: lendube
Date: 03-16-2007, 11:17 AM (6 of 10)
News to me and I've been sewing a loooong time! :nc:

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From: MaryW
Date: 03-16-2007, 11:24 AM (7 of 10)
Bubbling is due to the interfacing not adhering to the fabric. Some of the less expensive brands are notorious for this. Teflon ironing board covers can really mess with the fusibles. With my knack for messing around with fusibles, I now buy the best quality I can find or else use sew-in.

For best results, with a hot iron and steam, hold your iron in one place for about 10 seconds. Do not push the iron around, you will make a mess of the fusible. Use a press and lift motion.

One other tip, interfacing has a grain just like fabric. Usually it should be cut on the same grain as your fabric piece.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-16-2007, 12:53 PM (8 of 10)
I'm working on a Acrylic Poly blend and I was worried the fusible interfacing would bubble. I really don't much care for the non woven stuff -- reminds me of McDonald chicken nuggets where they chew them up then mold them to shape -- and that's all I could find that was not fusible.
I just used a soft twill fabric as sew in interfacing and it is working mighty fine.
You can color match that way too.
The non woven doesn't have a grain, does it, Mary?
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From: mommydionne
Date: 03-17-2007, 07:54 PM (9 of 10)
personally I use fusible knit interfacing on 90% of my sewing, I steam it with my iron just before I fuse, I also have the very bad habit of fusing my fabric piece to an uncut piece of interfacing and them trimming the edges (don't do this unless you know the interfacing glue won't stick to your ironing board cover, mine is heavy "duck" cotton and the interfacing glue just peels off it) being in a rush all the time I guess:nervous: is my excuse.

I will use all kinds of neat stuff for sewn in, old silk scraps, organza, flannel, what ever is the weight I want and has the same care requirements of my garment fabric.

The only thing I use the nonwoven fusible for now is fusing to my pattern pieces that I use over and over again (mainly the kids stuff)
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From: Sancin
Date: 03-17-2007, 10:12 PM (10 of 10)
I can't recall when or who said it but I seem to recall there are different types of fusible interfacing. Some you steam and some you don't. There is a web site somewhere that tells you which is which. I will see if I can find it later - check back.

As I never know what I have I use a press cloth. I also use whatever fabric available to match the material that is being interfaced. If I want it fusible I make it fusible with stitch witchery and a teflon sheet. On the wrong side of the interfacing fabric lay stitch witchery (a fusible web) then place the teflon sheet over the stitch witchery and press. The interfacing fabric then has a fusible shiny surface. You can cut it to what ever shape you need and iron it onto your fabric. I tend to do this more than buy different interfacings. :wink:
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