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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > I'm confused about interfacing! ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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I'm confused about interfacing!
I know what it's for but what is it?
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Date: 9/13/06 1:47 PM

Hi Everyone. Yesterday I learned that I knew less than I thought about sewing.

I started my first clothing project the other day (pair of easy pajama pants)and as I'm reading the intructions I realize it calls for interfacing for the button holes where the drawstring will go through.

I had beed reading Sewing For Dummies so I knew what the interfacing was and it made sence to me why you would need it, plus the book said you should never skip interfacing because the final piece won't look good.

I decide to go to Fabric Land. When I walked in I realized I was in over my head....What did interfacing even look like!? There was ALOT of stuff here that I had no idea what it was for.

I walked over to a section called Notions ( I had remembered the book I'm reading had said something about notions be things you'll need) I stared at the wall forever it felt like, my boyfriend couldn't even see anything called interfacing, he did find waistband interfacing which was more then me at thins point.

I finally decided I was would ask someone, as much as I didn't want to have to ask I decided I would, however it was now 10min to closing and there was a long line up and they were clearly understaffed and very busy, so finding someone would just take forever, then I spotted a bin full of Non-Woven Interfacing (preshrunk) that was black in color, in plastic packages that said it measured 1 metre x 55cm, for $1.50/pkg. So i picked up 2 packages.

Now here's my question , Is this how interfacing comes??? Where was it all I thought there was different types or does it come like fabirc on a big spool?


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Date: 9/13/06 2:04 PM

Usually, the interfacing comes on bolts, and it's kept near, or sometimes behind, the cutting table.

Some interfacing you can buy in packages. Palmer Pletsch sells them online in 1 or 3 yard packages.

Hope that helps a little! Interfacing can be confusing.

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Date: 9/13/06 7:29 PM

Rebecca,

Interfacing is a BIG subject. Bewildering! From what I have read and in my limited experience low quality interfacing (like for crafts) comes in packages--and I bought plenty of it when I started sewing again--and it worked fine for my projects.

Remember to preshrink it--throw it into a sink of hot water and let it cool there then hang it over the tub and let it dry.

Better quality interfacing comes on bolts.---there are many types depending on the application. It is available on line. There is much more information if you go to the top of this board and type in "interfacing" under "search boards".

Hope this helps get you started.

Carla

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Subject: Im confused about interfacing! Date: 9/13/06 8:33 PM

Just to simplify things I'll say that the best interfacings are made by HTC and Palmer Pletsch, IMO. Palmer Pletsch interfacings are the only good ones that I'm aware of that are sold prebagged. I use their Sheer a lot in knits, silkies, cotton shirtings, etc. Just my $.02.

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Subject: Im confused about interfacing! Date: 9/14/06 1:15 AM

It usually comes on rolls or bolts. It is usually white, although there are some black ones. If you see a bunch of white rolls, many of which are thin fabric-like stuff, that is probably the interfacing section.

It comes in many different types and thicknesses, some of which are thin enough to (almost) see through.
Non-wovens are made of separate fibres matted together rather like felt. Wovens look like woven fabrics, and stretch interfacings look like knits.

As milwaukee-kelly said, they are often near the cutting tables.

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Date: 9/14/06 5:50 AM

I don't want to hijack this thread or anything, but I too have an interfacing question. How important is the grainline when using interfacing?

For some reason, when I first started sewing I got it into my head that it didn't matter. I thought I read that somewhere, but maybe it was just my fevered imagination (Or it could have been a dream).

Should I be marking the grainline on the fabric pieces and measuring them to make sure they're on grain?

And to RebeccaGirl, while I'm not sure about the actual quality, you really notice the difference between the interfacing that comes in packages and the stuff on rolls. It's just so much softer and nicer to touch.

Alison

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Date: 9/14/06 8:13 AM

With nonwovens - which I, personally, hate because they are so boardy - it doesn't matter so much. With wovens or knits, it matters!

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Date: 9/14/06 8:29 AM

Rebecca, Threads Magazine has a chart on line that shows which interfacing types manufactureres fall into the various categories.

The first thing to decide is whether you want fusible or sew-in interfacing for the job you have to do. Don't know about others, but I have rarely used sew-in. Then, decide whether you want woven or non-woven. The Palmer Pletsch interfacings, already mentioned in a couple of replies, are woven. I've used both and have come to appreciate the woven much more for garment making. The last major thing to take into account is what weight of the interfacing. You want a light weight interfacing for lightweight fabrics, etc. If in doubt about what weight to select for garments,, I've had more success erring on the side of a lighter one.

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