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Date: 9/12/12 2:36 PM

Hi all!

I recently got an interfacing bundle with a big variety of interfacings... at first I did not think much about the fact that none of them are identified. Now I am working on a pattern that calls for Nylon Fusible Knit Interfacing. I can tell which ones are fusible but how do I know which ones are suitable for a knit fabric?

Any help really appreciated!

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Date: 9/12/12 4:12 PM

What a good question! If it's something like Fusi-knit or another fusible tricot, it won't look like any other interfacing you have--kind of drapey and sheer like a slightly rubbery tulle?... oh, just really different. Not probably helpful, I know! LOL

But a better way might be to go back to where you ordered the bundle from, and look at the individual listings for their different interfacings... maybe you can match them up that way?
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Date: 9/12/12 4:56 PM

I did try to match them up, but it seems like this was all special stuff or something, because I could not identify any of them that way.

I think I know what you mean about the rubbery tulle.... I dont think any of mine are like that. I do have one really sheer one and it has a little bit of stretch to it one way.... would that be an okay one for a jersey knit??

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Date: 9/12/12 6:35 PM

I think I might have identified it. I think it is Pellon non woven. It says on the package for that particular interfacing that it is for wovens and knits..... is that right? Can this be used on my jersey knit?

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Date: 9/12/12 7:37 PM

You can tell if it will work for your project by making up a sample piece.

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Date: 9/12/12 7:40 PM

Doing up a sample piece doesn't do much good if you don't know what the outcome should be though!

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Date: 9/12/12 7:53 PM

Well, that's easy! What are you making that you need the interfacing for?

If you're interfacing body pieces of a garment, then the outcome should be that the hand of the fabric is changed only a little or not at all. So a stretchy fabric should still stretch. If you're making collars or cuffs or waistbands, etc, where you need a little stability, then the interfacing should add some stiffness and body.

Does that help?

After I bring my interfacing home, I usually have no idea what any of it is. LOL I go by feel and use (and, now that I've bought some grey lightweight fusible, also color!). Most "Pellon"-type interfacing (fusible or non-fusible) will feel very similar, only differing in weight. But the fusible tricots are another beast altogether. (Lovely to work with, though!)

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Date: 9/12/12 8:07 PM

Thank you! That was very informative!

I guess why I am wondering if it will work is because the pattern is saying I need a KNIT interfacing and this Pellon does not say it is a knit interfacing, just that it can be used for knits. So I think that is where I got tripped up a bit.

It is actually for a shawl type collar on a fairly light weight jersey knit pullover pattern.

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Date: 9/12/12 8:34 PM

The other thing I can think of is to go to Joann's or similar fabric store that sells multiple kinds of interfacing and take your samples and match up the feel of them to the bolts they have and then you will know what you have!

Kind of a pain, but may be worth it in the end!

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Date: 9/13/12 11:39 AM

A fusi-knit type of interfacing will stretch both ways while a woven will not stretch length-wise. If you have a 2-way stretch, it's good for knits.

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