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Date: 4/24/14 9:40 AM

I am very frustrated with interfacing, specifically fusible interfacing. A few years ago I had a bad experience with Pellon when the interfacing in a blouse I loved bubbled everywhere in the first wash. More on that here. I then switched to expensive interfacing, as others recommended, hoping I could avoid this bubbling thing.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I washed a green dress I made with the expensive interfacing (I can't remember for the life of me where I bought it but it came highly recommended) and what do you know, it bubbled and has ruined my dress. I'm upset, I really loved the dress.

The interfacing bubbling isn't such a huge deal when it's only fused to the facings but when it's fused to the outside fabric, as it was in both of these instances, it's pretty damaging. I know what else to do as the quality/price of the interfacing doesn't seem to make a difference.



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Date: 4/24/14 9:46 AM

What was the fiber content of your fabric? I've had issues with certain blends not seeming to bond to the interfacing. I'm sure you do this, but did you prewash the fabric?

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Date: 4/24/14 9:49 AM

Wow, that looks really bad. Perhaps you should use sew-in interfacing. It was all that was available before fusibles so it was used plenty.

I don't know when fusible interfacings came on the market. I wonder if anyone knows.

On the bright side you did a great job on your scallops and covered buttons. :)
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Date: 4/24/14 10:19 AM

Were both the fabric and interfacing prewashed? It could also be progressive shrinkage on the fashion fabric.

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Date: 4/24/14 10:36 AM

The green fabric is 100% cotton twill and was prewashed. The interfacing (the more expensive one, not the Pellon), claimed that it did not need to be prewashed.

The interfacing for the green dress is fused to the outside fabric so I don't know how I'd make sew-in work for that :/

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Date: 4/24/14 10:39 AM

Aha, I bought the interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply; it's the ProWOVEN Light-Crisp FUSIBLE Interfacing.

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Date: 4/24/14 10:41 AM

I'm so sorry about your dress, it is truly gorgeous and clearly you spent a lot of time and energy on it. Beautiful detailing.

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Date: 4/24/14 10:48 AM

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The green fabric is 100% cotton twill and was prewashed. The interfacing (the more expensive one, not the Pellon), claimed that it did not need to be prewashed.



The interfacing for the green dress is fused to the outside fabric so I don't know how I'd make sew-in work for that :/

This is awful! I don't know what to tell you.

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Date: 4/24/14 10:51 AM

I tried to smooth out the bubbles with pressing but only had limited success. At this point, I think I'm just going to try peeling the interfacing off the fabric. the fabric is strong enough that it can stand not being interfaced but this particular dress. Sigh.

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Date: 4/24/14 10:52 AM

I had this problem before I stopped using Pellon, but not since. I know that I probably spend more time fusing interfacing in place than makes sense. I hold the iron and steam and press every inch, let it sit, flip the fabric and press the whole thing with a hot dry iron, then I fuse it again with steam, and press again with a dry iron.

If you still have scraps I would try tests fusing them together and washing them to try and find out what happened. Is it possible that there was fabric softener on the fabric when you joined it with the interfacing? If there is a coating on the fabric sometimes the glue does not penetrate the coating and when the coating wears off the interfacing pulls away. It does not look like a problem caused by shrinking to me. When my interfacing has shrunk it has made the joined piece smaller, but I have not noticed it pulling away, and when the fabric has shrunk I have just had the piece curl. It may be a matter or degree, but I think the glue should still hold if the adhesion had worked.

I am very sorry to see that this happened to your dress. It looks so very nice. I think it is worth fixing.

I learned to sew using sew-in interfacing, and if you are using a standard iron for fusing, I am not at all sure it is more work than using fusible interfacing. It does look different, and I think we have gotten use to how fusible looks, but sew-in interfacing is fine.

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