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Date: 4/9/14 0:15 AM

This is a question to the savvy US sewists who are spoilt for choice when it comes to interfacing while your neglected Aussie cousins have to make do with whatever items overseas based companies can be bothered providing to a nation of 20 seamstresses and a few kelpies....

Is Pam Erny's interfacing really that much better than anything else on the market? I have a good supply of the entire McCalls interfacing range: Armoweft, Whisperweft etc. I'm quite happy with it and have no complaints. I'm also happy to pay for shipping costs (as long as it doesn't weigh a ton) if another product is greatly superior to what I can buy locally.

For those who have used Pam Erny's interfacing, or used both it and the McCalls range and can compare the two, what are your thoughts?

All answers are greatly appreciated.

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Date: 4/9/14 1:02 AM

I haven't used the McCalls interfacing, so can't speak to that. But I have used Pam Erny's interfacing, and I agree with so many others here on PR about the fine products she sells. Since you have a good supply of the McCalls right now and you like it, why not use it up first and then buy some from Pam to see whether or not you like that better?

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Date: 4/9/14 1:16 AM

I used to think that interfacing was interfacing until I bought some of Pam Erny's products. Now that is all I use.

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Date: 4/9/14 2:06 AM

I probably will do that but I don't want to pay shipping fees unnecessarily unless the product is amazing. It sounds like it might be.

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Date: 4/9/14 2:08 AM

Thanks Leorah. That seems to be the general consensus about her products.

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Date: 4/9/14 2:17 AM

Pam's interfacing is really excellent but I think armoweft and whisper weft are probably really good also. I didn't know they were a McCalls product but I've heard the Palmer Pletsch line of interfacing is excellent also.

I think you are mistaken if you think we in the US are spoiled by having easy access to quality interfacing. I would like to be able to visit a store to purchase quality interfacing but the only brand locally available is Pellon and quite frankly it's horrible. So for me to get good interfacing it's worth contacting Pam. Quality is good, price is good, service is good. If I had what you had, I wouldn't be looking around for more interfacing.

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Date: 4/9/14 2:43 AM

McCalls is the distributor of Armoweft etc but it may well be a Palmer Pletsch product. It can be purchased at some Spotlight stores (the equivalent of your JoAnns) but I purchased mine on-line to get the full range. And while I may be exaggerating your access to quality products I know I'm not exaggerating how much cheaper everything sewing related is over there, from fabrics to sewing machines. So I remain envious (actually I'm trying to find an excuse to visit).

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Date: 4/9/14 7:20 AM

I still have a few lengths of Palmer/Pletsch interfacing and they are fine, but Pam's interfacing is so reliable and such nice quality that it's what I reach for. As I've said before - often - Pam's interfacing lends a supple look that makes even inexpensive fabric look high quality. (Her medium fusible weft makes GORGEOUS contour waistbands.) Suggestion: since you have some interfacing you like, wait for one of Pam's sales and then choose a few different types. You could order her sample pack and do a little experimenting to see which ones might be best for the kinds of things you like to sew. Or ask Pam which ones you want! My current project is a silk noil shirt and I have twisted and tortured the collar and stand to get them on the shirt - and the interfacing has hung on without peeling up at the edges. It's doing far better than I am at this point.

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Date: 4/9/14 9:07 AM

Armoweft and Whisperweft are HTC products. They are excellent. I don't know if that is what McCall's is selling or if they are using the same names for different products. I can't get HTC interfacing here now that the local independent stores all went out of business. Truthfully, I haven't searched online for HTC because Pam's interfacing is great stuff.

Pam's interfacing is 60 inches wide, so you get 3 times as much per yard compared to most other interfacings, and it is already preshrunk. I really like her stuff. I've used both the knit and the woven types.

Both companies are significantly better than the Pellon products available in craft-fabric stores here.

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Date: 4/9/14 9:55 AM

Thanks for the clarification on the HTC products. I have purchased them in store but as you say they are not available locally any longer. HTC are really good so if that's what people can purchase locally they have no reason to be envious of those that have to mail order quality interfacing.

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