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Date: 4/11/10 3:57 PM

I'm embarassed to admit but I found some very old interfacing tucked away in an old sewing draw. It is probably close to 20yrs old. Do you know if it would still be good? Some is fusable, some sew-in and even some woven (the kind used in tailoring). Should I just throw it all away or do you think I could still use it? Thanks!!

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Date: 4/11/10 5:11 PM

If I were you, I would conduct an experiment with the fusibles. Just cut some 4" swatches of interfacing and fabrics and fuse them. If the fused samples seem all right, I would go ahead and use them.

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Date: 4/11/10 5:29 PM

I agree with what Nancy said for sure about the fusibles.

As far as the sew-in and woven, I don't know why you couldn't use it unless it is completely holey or buggy or something. If it looks ok, I would use it. It's not like food that goes bad. If it looks nasty, I would probably toss it. Judgment call!

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Date: 4/11/10 7:08 PM

As to the fusible, I'd go along with nancy's suggestion. As to the sew-in and woven, I'd gently pull on it to see if it will pull apart easily. If it does, it's too old. To share a secret, I'm always looking for interfacing and other notions at garage sales, and I've found some really ancient stuff that I'm unwilling to part with unless I have to.

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Date: 4/23/10 4:29 PM

Thanks, ladies for your help. I will test them out like suggested. I just love everyone at PR!!

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Date: 4/23/10 8:46 PM

I agree with the above posts, and I'll give you a little hope - I pretty much quit fashion sewing for the past 20 years (until recently); gave away most of my fabric, but still had my interfacing stash.

I washed it all, have used some, and so far every single piece I've used has performed admirably :).

BTW, I'm talking about the fusible here - haven't used any of the sew-in, but it seems to be in fine shape.

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Date: 4/23/10 10:40 PM

You might also test a piece and then reheat/steam it after it cools to see if it lets go. I recently had an old piece that fused well but areas where I had to use a lot of steam while sewing let go. Thank goodness it was all stitched in well. It was also possible that it didn't like the fabric I was using so I'm not 100% convinced it was aged related because I had just used it on some cotton and didn't have the same problem.

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