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Date: 4/24/13 1:26 AM

What sort of glue is used on fusible interfacing? and can this contain an odor? Does this smell iron away? Is this a common thing or is this just with a certain interfacing? I have been given rolls of interfacing still in there sealed bags but when I open and unwrap the interfacing there is an odor is this a common thing? One of the other interfacing I got didn't have an odor. Is there maybe something wrong with this interfacing, should I not use it? Or is this just the glue that is doing this?

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Date: 4/24/13 3:06 AM

Well, you've definitely asked a good question. I've used tons of fusible interfacing and don't remember being put off by an odor, but I don't buy full bolts that are sealed in plastic. That may be what is going on here. I'd try opening one of them up, cutting off a hunk and letting it air out for a while. It could be that when it has a chance to disperse, it won't be so objectionable.

I do know that a lot of fabrics are treated with certain chemicals that can be irritating (formaldehyde to be specific, but I'm sure there are others), but I wouldn't have thought it would be used on interfacing, but it could be.

I'm anxious to hear from others who may have had different experiences than myself.

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Date: 4/24/13 4:18 AM

I once bought an interfacing and it smelled like an old tyre. The jacket I made with it smelled terribly and it only got worse. Had to throw both interfacing and jacket away

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Date: 4/24/13 10:04 AM

It might not be the glue, but the fiber itself to which the glue has been applied. Is it a Pellon non-woven type of fiber, a knit, a woven? Perhaps the interfacing was given away because of the odor? I am super sensitive to chemical odors and have not had a problem with the interfacings I have bought from reputable independent vendors.
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Date: 4/24/13 5:38 PM

Where I work I regularly open up new bolts of interfacing that have been sealed in plastic, and I've never noticed an unpleasant odour about them.

If you are wondering about any interfacing, you should test it before using it on a garment. Fuse it, launder it, press it, and see if the odour persists.

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Date: 4/25/13 1:03 PM

I regularly open bolts of fusible interfacing from various manufacturers and have never had an odor from any of them. When you preshrink a cut, see if the odor is effected. I would not use it until I was sure that the smell was gone and would not return! It would be a shame to put a lot of work into a garment to have it ruined by an odor that won't wash out or that returns when worn.

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