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Kaileesmommy

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Date: 5/23/08 7:59 PM

I did as my pattern said and bought a lightweight fusible interfacing for my first garmet. I guess I either forgot to ask for instructions or Jo-Ann's forgot to give them to me.

It has a "nubby" side and a smooth side. I am guessing that I put the nubby side to the fabric and and the smooth side toward a hot steam iron, but I don't want to ruin my iron.

Do they all have the same basic instructions or what?

Thanks!

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Date: 5/23/08 9:07 PM

"nubby?"

Is this a lightweight knit interfacing?

"nubby" is not a description I would give to either side of most fusibles...(except, maybe for the knit or weft insertion ones, like fusi-knit, armo-weft, etc.)

One side should feel slightly "coated" with a plastic-type finish.
That is the adhesive and you don't want to get the adhesive side near a hot iron.

Even if you DO make a mistake, take heart...It happens to all of us and there is a product out there that can save your iron.

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Date: 5/23/08 9:48 PM

Nubby: Hmm. Well, has this very slight texture of tiny dots on one side.

Thanks for the link!

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Date: 5/23/08 9:58 PM

Be sure to use a press cloth between iron sole plate & interfacing - even if the instructions should call for dry heat, the press cloth will save you much grief. Most fusibles benefit from using a damp cloth; your best bet, really, is just going back to the store, with the interfacing in its bag, and ask them for a copy of instructions. There are sources for generic instructions, but why take chances?

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Date: 5/23/08 10:08 PM

The nubby side is the glue so this side is placed against the fabric. You should also place a scrap of cotton fabric (or a press cloth if you have one) over everything. This will stop any residue glue getting on your iron. It also allows you to press for longer without the risk of scorching your fabric. HTH

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Date: 5/23/08 10:36 PM

Great suggestions about the press cloth! Will any old cotton fabric do - or should I use something specific?

(Obviously I don't iron. Hubby was in the Marines so he knows how to do it.)

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Date: 5/23/08 10:53 PM

Any thin, 100% cotton (linen would work...less likely to be lying around, though ).

Do see if you can learn more from Joann's - most fusibles like a damp cloth, but not all. You're going to use a pure cotton press cloth - no synthetic blends, nor rayon - because you will need to let the pressure of the iron rest firmly for a certain minimum # of seconds all over the fusible - this is NOT gliding the iron. Different adhesives have differing periods of time they need to be heated to form a good bond, and not all fabrics are suitable for some interfacings that take a longer time, at a higher temperature. I've done a fair amount of fusing in my time, and i wouldn't care to start off blind - i'd at least call the store first.

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Date: 5/23/08 11:07 PM

A press cloth can be any cloth that can take the heat required for the fabric, but most are cotton and most are smooth textured. There are teflon ones that some people like for fusing because the glues don't adhere to the surface. I had a thick chamois for awhile that I used to soak with water before using (wrung out, not dripping) so that I could get a good steaming effect for wool pressing, but I did not use it for fusing because it was too thick. That was when my iron leaked and wouldn't steam anymore.

For fusing, I prefer a semi-transparent fabric so I can tell if my interfacing has moved or wrinkled before I press. I *always* double check that the glue side is down, or the fusible ends up on the presscloth instead of the fabric. Another reason to use a presscloth when fusing.

I think it is a good idea to have a press cloth that you only use for fusibles, so that any residual adhesive does not inadvertently get transferred to your fine fabrics when you are pressing the garment as you sew. Mine are labelled clearly so I can't mix them up easily with my other press cloths.

I also place a smooth press cloth *under* the fabric I am fusing because I don't want my ironing board cover gummed up with the fusible gunk that somehow always goes astray from where I intended it to go. Kind of like the way honey somehow ends up getting things sitcky no matter how careful you are.

One last thing: TEST FIRST! Be sure that the fusing will give you the support that you need for the fabric without being too firm or stiff, without sharp edges (unless you want them) and that the fabric will move the way you want it to after it is fused. Fusibles are the hardest to tell from how they look what the result will be. With a sew-in interfacing, you can layer the fabric and interfacing and see how they will work together. With fusibles, how the two layer together will not tell you what the fused result will be. The adhesive has a character of its own that you can't tell from how the interfacing feels or moves before the fusing. The manufacturers usually have the bolts labelled as light weight, medium weight, suit weight, heavy weight, etc.

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-- Edited on 5/23/08 11:11 PM --

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Date: 5/23/08 11:08 PM

Yep - I'm going to bring it in tomorrow - I will be hitting Jo-Ann's anyway for their pattern sale. Thanks for all the info! Like I said, this is my first garmet and I'm being extra careful - an interfacing disaster would ruin my day.

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Date: 5/25/08 1:37 PM

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I don't iron.

Pressing as you sew will improve the quality of results. Many of us learned that the hard way.

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