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Tam
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Date: 10/18/07 11:56 AM

Hi,

I have several cuts of loosely woven wool tweeds (medium to light weight) that I want to make jackets out of.

I am not sure if I should stabilize this type of fabric with a fusible, just underline it, or both.

If anyone has suggestions for working with this type of fabric I would be grateful for some advice

Thanks,
Tammy

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Date: 10/18/07 1:54 PM

As a handweaver, I work almost exclusively with handwoven fabrics . . . Many are more loosely woven than commerical fabrics. What I use most often to stablize the fabric is a fusible interfacing called Textured Weft.

Textured Weft is made specifically for loosely woven fabrics such as handwovens, boucle and hand knits. It won't flatten lofty fabric, but adds the to the stablity.

Unfortunately, it's not the easiest fusible interfacing to find. I purchased mine by the bolt from The Sewing Place at www.thesewingplace.com . . . I believe the same product under the name Angel Weft may be purchased at http://www.appleanniefabrics.com/Weft.html. If it is the same thing, they have a better price.

Stephanie Corina Goddard

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Date: 10/18/07 3:52 PM

Fusing whole cloth is one option, but if all you're concerned about is the edges, take a look at the Home Sewing Association. Click on "Sewing Enthusiast", then "Guidelines for Sewing", look under "Fabric" for the article on sewing with handwovens (or any loose-woven fabric).

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Date: 10/19/07 9:05 AM

Palmer Pletsch "Perfect Fuse Light" interfacing is the same as textured weft.

http://www.palmerpletsch.com/pfuse.htm

Tam
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Date: 10/19/07 11:14 AM

Thankyou so much! I'll check out the sewing web site and the Palmer and Plesch (sp?) interfacing. I love this type of fabric and want to get a good result with whatever I sew from it.

Really appreciate the help!

Tammy

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Date: 10/19/07 9:19 PM

Loomchick is correct in saying that HTC's Textured Weft is difficult to find. They have discontinued this wonderful product. I complained loudly as this is my favorite interfacing not only for loosely woven fabrics. It is now available as AngelWeft.

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