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Preparing interfacing for garment construction
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Date: 8/18/11 11:59 AM

I was reminded today that not everyone realizes that their interfacings can shrink, whether they are woven or non woven. It is a nuisance, but even iron on interfacings should be preshrunk or checked for shrinking before applying to a garment.

I usually cut a length of iron-on interfacing, gently fold it into the big kitchen sink with really warm water, let it soak for a bit and then hang to dry. I've read suggestions for soaking for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. For interfacings that are sewn-in (not iron-on), I soak in hotter water and hang to dry.

Once again, I found out there is a name for something that I have been doing: block fusing. I guesstimate how much fabric will need to be interfaced for my project and apply iron-on interfacing (although I don't always use iron-on) to that whole piece of fabric and then cut out with the interfacing already adhered to the fabric. As it turns out, this is called block fusing. And, as it turns out, I could have been taking advantage of the block fusing to preshrink the iron-on interfacing at the same time by holding the iron up and off of the iron-on interfacing first and as someone said steaming the heck out of it before actually ironing it on. I'm including a very detailed link about block fusing as it is such a time saver and can help in being more precise in garment construction:
http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2011/01/tutorial-spot-fusing-vs-block-fusing.html

A lot of you know by know that iron-on interfacing is not a good idea for all fabrics, be sure to test a piece of iron-on interfacing on your fabric before you decide to use it in a garment. This unlikely resource has good pictures of some bad things that can happen with iron-on interfacing:
http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/2011/01/pre-shrinking-interfacing-or-doh.html

I'd also like to suggest Denver Fabrics as a surprisingly excellent resource for guidelines on choosing interfacing as shown on this page:
http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/static/Silk/silk-fabric-care-sewing.htm

Best wishes and happy sewing

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Date: 9/29/11 1:19 PM

Bumping in response to new questions on interfacing.

Future search term: interfacingthread
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Date: 10/1/11 10:08 AM

Thank You.





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Date: 2/11/12 9:08 PM

Just found this article on how to use interfacing to very nicely finish the edge of your facings. This is something that I will definitely be doing in the future.

Facing a Facing, Mary Ray

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Date: 12/2/12 11:57 PM

Bumping for question.

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