Member since 4/27/11
In reply to Calendria
Date: 7/23/12 6:23 PM
Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but near as I can tell, interfacing tape is interfacing which is pre-cut to a particular size (1", 1/2", etc.) for the sake of convenience.
West Virginia USA
Member since 11/23/10
Date: 7/23/12 8:27 PM
Interfacing is a textile used on the unseen or "wrong" side of fabrics to make an area of a garment more rigid.
Interfacings can be used to:
stiffen or add body to fabric, such as the interfacing used in shirt collars
strengthen a certain area of the fabric, for instance where buttonholes will be sewn
keep fabrics from stretching out of shape, particularly knit fabrics
Interfacings come in a variety of weights and stiffnesses to suit different purposes. Generally, the heavier weight a fabric is, the heavier weight an interfacing it will use. Most modern interfacings have heat-activated adhesive on one side. They are affixed to a garment piece using heat and moderate pressure, from a hand iron for example. This type of interfacing is known as "fusible" interfacing. Non-fusible interfacings do not have adhesive and must be sewn by hand or machine.
You can also use some interfacing tapes to hem (to stabilize the hem in a knit, for instance) or to cover a seam (a la Seams Great).
Some of the best known are:
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