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Date: 9/6/12 5:36 PM

Hi there,

This is my first post on PatternReview. Though I've been lurking on this site almost since I got a sewing machine (a Brother PC-210 PRW) as a Xmas gift a few months ago.

I like knit polo shirts and also rugby shirts, so I found an old "Stretch and Sew" pattern from the '70s for men's polo/rugby shirts from a seller on Etsy.

The pattern refers to a special brand of fusible interfacing, "Perky Bond Plus". Google says this was a house brand that Stretch and Sew used to sell, but isn't available any more.

Is anyone familiar what this type of interfacing was like, and could perhaps suggest a modern-day replacement for it?

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Date: 9/6/12 7:24 PM

I found this web page for The Sewing Studio, that implies that, if they have it in stock, they are still selling Perky Bond:

The Sewing Studio - Interfacing.

They list woven, in black and white, and knit, in black and white.

In the 70's, fusible interfacing (whatever brand) was a relatively new product (ETA: for the home sewer), and Stretch and Sew had a number of shops (franchises?) where they sold their patterns, knit fabric, interfacing, and they taught classes. Knit fabrics were not easy to find in your "normal" fabric stores. At any rate, it's not too surprising that they'd list their own products in their patterns. History of Stretch and Sew (opens a PDF)

I think you can use any fusible interfacing that you think will work well with your fabric. I'd probably use a knit fusible.

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Date: 9/7/12 5:09 PM

Perky bond was a woven interfacing with an iron on glue (fusible)
we used it a lot, and when doing collars on men's shirts, the interfacing was cut on the bias...it was very stable, and I still use that type of interfacing at times. I would not replace it with a knit interfacing (in collars) because most of the interfacings are 1 way stretch while the bias woven stretched in all directions, and the glue was very stable, if it was put on according to manufacturers instructions. One of the biggest problems with fusibles on knits is that it does not stay stuck, and then you have bubbles.
Good luck .
Pam

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Date: 9/8/12 2:39 PM

CMC - thanks for all the background info on Stretch and Sew! It makes the project more fun knowing the history and heritage behind the pattern.

Pam - the pattern uses interfacing for the collar, as well as the button tab on the shirt front and the lining of the patch pocket. The collar and tab are constructed from a contrasting knit fabric, and the stretch goes along the width of the collar.

I'm thinking a woven sew-in interfacing might work better, because it would avoid the bubble issue.

Thanks for the help!
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Date: 9/8/12 7:01 PM

The sew in might work, but remember to make it bias or there will be " loose fabric over interfacing issues."I am talking about the collar, the other part (front facing ) will do great with the sew in, as no stretch is needed there.
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