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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Using Organza as Interfacing ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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CathyinMI
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Date: 1/11/12 3:43 PM

I'm reading about basics to refresh my memory - it's been so long since I've sewn!

I've seen a few posts on interfacings here and appreciate the knowlege. Just read about tricot knit fusible and I think I'll try that for my knits. What do you think? Will it be appropriate for all knits that need it? And don't all knits need it in the buttonholes? Also read that it's helpful in hems.

Would I get better results for woven fabrics if I used organza for interfacing? Where would I use it, I mean in what kinds of fabric?

Do you use fabric for interfacing instead of buying commercial ready made interfacing?

Hope people understand what I am asking! :)

edited to add: "for woven fabrics"
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Date: 1/11/12 7:50 PM

Hi CathyinMI,

I have been experimenting with different materials for interfacing because I am not happy with some of the fusibles I have used after washing the garment a few times. Our hot water comes out of the well at 170F (geothermal well) and even though cold is added before it comes into the house, the water is super hot sometimes. (It is impossible to control the effects of plate tectonics)

I have used organza with wonderful results on draped blouses. I have also used Palmer Pletsch interfacings and am pleased with them. Pam Erny (Off the Cuff blog) sells some too and it is really good.

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Date: 1/11/12 8:17 PM

I am using mostly organza as interfacing, sometimes muslin or medium weight cotton if more structure is required. Organza works great anywhere where you need to strengthen areas for buttons, buttonholes, hook&eyes. On my Chanel jacket I interfaced the area above the bust with organza. I use lightweight hymo for the waist interfacing, or for tailored jackets. Just a few examples... Organza, in my opinion is the most versatile fabric!

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Date: 1/11/12 8:36 PM

I used silk organza once as neck and collar interfacing, and I noticed that as I continued to machine wash the dress, the organza lost its stiffness and became rather limp.

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Date: 1/11/12 8:52 PM

True that, Debbie. I think to maintain silk organza's enviable crispness, dry cleaning is necessary.

Oh, horror to tell, but I use cheap poly-cotton batiste for washable, lightweight interfacing for the collars and front facings of washables. Since it doesn't wrinkle, it comes out of the dryer looking very nice, helping the interfaced areas to also look tidy. I even cut it on the bias to use as an interfacing for floppy, sloppy rayons.

And there's the disgraceful truth.

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Date: 1/11/12 10:00 PM

Thanks, I'll put to use all the comments. I find that I'm more than a bit hesitant to start sewing again. When I was younger, I thought I knew so much and now that I'm reading about it, I find I didn't know as much as I thought! :)

I remember how many wadders I had when I first started! Guess I better just jump in with both feet!

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