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Date: 2/1/12 7:30 PM

I've been using interfacing for awhile now, but lately it seems that a lot of my interfacing is lifting off my fabric and I don't know why.
Am I using a towel that's too wet? Not wet enough? Pressing too much?
Please let me know your thoughts as this is starting to drive me a little crazy!!
Thank you!! Heather

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Date: 2/1/12 7:45 PM

You need lots of steam, but not a really wet cloth. Could be as simple as your interfacing isn't good.

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Date: 2/1/12 9:08 PM

Certain fabrics, particularly those with a bit of surface texture, will not accept fusibles.

What is your fashion fabric?

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Date: 2/1/12 10:10 PM

Are you preshrinking the interfacing?

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Date: 2/1/12 11:32 PM

Make sure you're really pressing down on the edge of the interfacing and let it cool before you do anything with the piece.

I've noticed once I started doing these two things I started getting better results.

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Date: 2/2/12 7:38 PM

Thanks for the tips!

I've noticed it with 2 different types of fabric already: cotton (which I know shouldn't be a problem) and poly brocade (which shouldn't be a problem either). I am buying decent product (from Joann's) and it's only lately that I've had the problem... particularly with this thicker stuff I recently bought.

I will try more steam & pressing down on edges more!

Thanks!!

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Date: 2/2/12 8:32 PM

I never use steam with my interfacing and it holds like a charm

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Date: 2/2/12 8:49 PM

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I am buying decent product (from Joann's)


You mean the interfacing is from Joann's? Ooooh, run in the opposite direction!

For excellent fusibles favored by many sewists, check out Pam Erny's own interfacings here.

She also has a bunch of great tutorials at her site.
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Date: 2/2/12 10:41 PM

Quote: Elona
[QUOTE]I am buying decent product (from Joann's)




You mean the interfacing is from Joann's? Ooooh, run in the opposite direction!



For excellent fusibles favored by many sewists, check out Pam Erny's own interfacings here.



She also has a bunch of great tutorials at her site.
-- Edited on 2/2/12 8:50 PM -- [/quote]
I'm doing fine with interfacing from Joann's. It's Pellon brand. *shrug*

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Date: 2/3/12 1:42 AM

Ah yes I know this problem well! For the longest time my interfacing did this too and yes, cheap interfacings like the Pellon brands don't fuse as well as higher quality brands. With lots of trial & mostly error I finally figured out how to get my interfacings to fuse properly & stay fused. I use a lot of the cheap stuff because it's well, cheap! My tricks are these: when fusing cottons use the wool setting on your iron & no hotter or the little glue dots just fry themselves. Also, use lots of steam & NO press cloth if you can avoid it. If you do use a press cloth use a very lightweight barely damp one (not wet). Prewash/preshrink your cottons to remove the sizing first & do not use any fabric softeners! Fabric softeners including dryer sheets coat the fabric fibers & cheap interfacing especially won't fuse well to it. Also, resist overfusing or it won't stay stuck: about 8 seconds is plenty for a lightweight interfacing, maybe as much as 10 seconds for heavyweight.
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