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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > fusible interfacing ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/13/08 4:32 PM

I bought a pattern and it calls for this for a portion of the top but it didn't list it on the notions so I didn't get any. Can I still make the top without it. It's a top for my four year old little girl if this makes a different.

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Date: 6/13/08 4:33 PM

Usually it's pretty important. Can you show us the pattern?

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Date: 6/13/08 7:47 PM

Knowing the pattern number would be helpful, but if it's in a collar or in an area where there will be buttonholes, it's pretty much a requirement.

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Date: 6/13/08 8:25 PM

I agree. It's called for in an area that requires stabilizing to hang right. Odds are, even if the garment is for a 4 yr old, it will be noticeable if you omit this.

Interfacing can often be found packaged (as opposed to on the bolt) if you have a store nearby that has even a small sewing section. Might be worth a look if you aren't near a fabric store.

For future reference, I believe interfacing is noted w/ the fabric requirements (like lining fabric) on the pattern envelope. I always make sure I have some light and midweight fusible interfacing as well as a knit (FusiKnit) variety on hand...I make sure I'm stocked when they're on sale, as it is Murphy's Law that you'll discover you need it at approximately 12am when on a fabulous sewing "roll".

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Date: 6/14/08 8:39 AM

It is not always necessary to use interfacing, it depends on what you are making and what you want the final outfit to be like. David Coffin even talks about using another fabric in place of the interfacing in some shirts giving a more casual less crisp look. I have done this on kids clothing, even some of my casual tops; you can still do button holes too in the areas without interfacing.

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Date: 6/14/08 10:19 AM

Depending on the project, you can use another piece of the fashion fabric or a piece of lightweight cotton as interfacing. Before the days of fusible, pattern instructions sometimes (if I am remembering the "olden days" well enough and it is highly possible that I'm not!) called for cutting an extra piece of the same fabric to use as interfacing.

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Date: 6/14/08 10:32 AM

I was going to suggest the same thing as Tourist. I usually don't use fusibles, and opt for silk organza, lightweight cotton, or another layer of fashion fabric for interfacing. Don't skip it - kids wear their clothes hard!

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Date: 6/14/08 11:48 AM

thanks for the responses. I don't have any interfacing and the fabric store is over 20 miles away and with two kids, isn't always easy to get out when one is a baby! Do you sell interfacing at Walmart do you know, and if so would this be okay to use?

On the other hand I did buy lining for a different pattern I want to try out so this might work instead?

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Date: 6/14/08 12:01 PM

Wal-mart carries a variety of interfacing in their fabric department. Pellon is one of the brands I have purchased at Wal-mart.

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Date: 6/14/08 12:02 PM

Yes, I've bought interfacing at Walmart. It isn't super high quality but it has worked fine for me. Just use a weight that is the same or lighter than the fabric you are using, I think I have read. That is what I normally do anyway.

You could try using the lining, but I've never done that so I couldn't tell you how it would work.

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