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Date: 10/27/13 11:00 PM

I keep ending up unhappy with the stiffness of interfaced (medium weight) knits...like ponte.

Is it necessary? I'm pretty disappointed in how stiffly the collar is sitting on this M6844 cardigan I just finished.

So, on a medium weight knit such as ponte de roma, is it necessary to interface things like collars and facings?
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Date: 10/27/13 11:06 PM

Try no interfacing on a sample and see how it feels to you. If okay -- go ahead.

For a place where there are button holes I would use a light iron on interfacing.

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Date: 10/27/13 11:07 PM

Not necessary if you don't want it.

You can do samples before you start a garment to see what type of interfacing or if it needs interfacing at all.

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Date: 10/27/13 11:07 PM

Thanks :)

I'm still learning that I don't have to always "follow the rules" of the pattern company. This cardigan has no button holes and I started not to use any interfacing and now feel like I have to tack the collar down because it feels bulky.

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Date: 10/28/13 7:59 AM

Using the right interfacing can make a huge difference. I recently bought Fashion Sewing Supply's Pro-Tricot after reading raves here on PR for Pam's interfacings, and used it on a very lightweight knit. I was really happy with it. Pam is wonderful and will send you samples. ...and if that's what you were using already, then my guess is that nothing would work!

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Date: 10/28/13 8:42 AM

Yes definitely give Fashion Sewing Supply a go,, you will not be disappointed. As for ponti I recently finished simple skirts with ponte and used fashion fabric for facings and no interfacing or elastic and it worked beautifully. Hth

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Date: 10/28/13 8:47 AM

Thanks Vintatgelover! And mmcp, I was using pellon - I know. I have heard the glorious things about FSS's interfacing. Will have to order some and give it a try :)

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Date: 10/28/13 9:10 AM

I've bookmarked that site. I've heard a lot about it. Thanks.
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Date: 10/28/13 9:50 AM

I always buy Pellon too; I seldom buy stuff online. Were you using the knit interfacing? I haven't had any problems with it but I seldom interface a knit anyway. I have that pattern. I would like to know how that pattern turns out in the ponte knit.

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Date: 10/28/13 9:59 AM

This is such an interesting question to me! I really like this pattern but I haven't gotten it yet because I noticed how the peplum had lots of body. I assumed that came from interfacing or some complicated technique that I don't know yet. I'll check your blog for updates!

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