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Posted by: Marley K. Tarlton

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Posted on: 11/12/02 2:14 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 6 people   
Try ironing interfacing on the backside of your pattern pieces, and be sure to put them in a plastic gallon size bag. I have used glad, hefty, and great value from Wal-Mart. they all will work. So after you put interfacing on the backside, they will need to put in something bigger. Happy sewing to all.

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Luckie Kay Locke said... (7/11/07 1:19 PM) Reply
interesting idea useof interfacing lkl
daisygirl said... (8/5/04 10:09 PM) Reply
This is a great idea! I have a scrubs pattern I use frequently and I am going to try this to selvage it! (pun intended:) I also like the gallon baggie idea. I have been using brown mailing envelopes which takes too long when I am trying to find a specific pattern.
pardes said... (7/28/03 2:05 AM) Reply
Now that is a GREAT idea! It never occured to me that fusible intefacing would bond with paper!
Diane Yaghoobian said... (11/28/02 6:54 AM) Reply
I always trace the pattern (from multisize patterns) onto nonfusible soft interfacing, like Pellon true-grid. It is easy to see through to trace, lasts forever, folds into nothing, adheres to the fabric when you lay it out (less pins) and you can write enough information on it to dispense with the instructions! I have some Kwik-Sew basics traced in various sizes, and on one piece I have written the measurement of the neck/cuff/waist ribbing (or arm/waist/leg elastic). With simple patterns, that's the only instruction you'd refer to anyway. I just made a bunch of Christmas sweatshirts for the grandkids using Nancy Zieman's quilted sweatshirt idea. She shows how to trace the tissue pattern and make a new paper pattern to fill in the gaps for a one-piece layout. With my soft interfacing (and simple lines of the Kwik-sew pattern), I just laid it out as a one piece with a gentle curve under each arm, no need for extra pattern.
Maria Hatfield said... (11/12/02 3:28 AM) Reply
i always buy the "adhesive craft paper" where the interfacing is sold, in my area its cheaper. i just iron that onto the back of the patterns cut out and when im ready to store them i do use the gallon size bags also. it does make them alot stronger and last alot longer. i never did understand why we have to pay so much money for the patterns and they come on tissue paper and tear so easy. also the craft paper with the adhesive isnt stiff either its really durable. thanks
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