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Date: 3/19/12 0:52 AM

I'm starting on a jacket and using a textured wool fabric. There are some pieces (the facing & collar) that call for interfacing. I cut it out, but haven't pressed it on yet and I was just thinking that it might be kinda weird to press interfacing onto a textured fabric like this wool. The "wrong" side is less textured than the right, but I'm wondering if I'm going to be able to do this... I guess I could test a sample, but thought I'd ask here first if anyone has done this before... I don't want to ruin the fabric.

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Date: 3/19/12 1:13 AM

Yes it will work. I use Textured Weft (now discontinued). But there are alternatives, one which I get here:
Weft interfacing
I am not sure if there is an option in JoAnn's but many mail order sources have similar products.

It is made to be used with textured fabrics. Its not too heavy and will fuse without a lot of pressure which is nice - avoiding the chance to flatten the fabric's texture.

I think you'll like the result. Good luck with your project

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Date: 3/19/12 5:54 PM

You could also use sew-in interfacing with muslin or something else, that way you wouldn't have to worry about the fusing altering the hand.

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Date: 3/20/12 5:07 AM

The thing I like about using a fusible interfacing on loosely woven, ravelly fabrics that tend to get picked is that it sort of stablizes the threads and they are less likely to be "undone". I used to use the HTC interfacing - textured weft - but it is no longer available. I have purchased a similar interfacing from Apple Annie's Fabrics and it works almost exactly like the textured weft. It doesn't press out the texture of the fabric. I always fuse using a remnant of the same fabric as the pressing surface. It helps to maintain the loft. I'll try to post a link to the interfacing.

Here's the link. Angel Weft interfacing
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Date: 3/20/12 11:11 AM

Ladies, I've used stitched in interfacing for this type of application and also hand stitched in a pattern of hidden 'sort of' tailor tacks to keep it from shifting.

So, with no experience with the weft fusible interfacing, I have to ask if it should be pressed on a terry towel or something else to help retain the loft of the texture of the wool.

Thank you.

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Date: 3/20/12 12:13 PM

I'd use a sew-in, like a nice silk organza or cotton voile. But that's just me; I admit to being a Luddite when it comes to fusibles.

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Date: 3/20/12 4:41 PM

Same here. Sew-ins give such a lovely drape.

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Date: 3/21/12 9:56 PM

I usually press on top of fabric scraps from the same project. That way its on the same type of texture. Sometimes I have fused without the textured scrap,but rather on top of simple muslin. Then after fusing, I steam the piece from the right side to raise the loft of the texture, sometimes brushing the surface with a fabric brush. I have not used a terry towel but that might work - but match colors, be careful not to get a lot of light fuzz/lint on a dark fabric.

In my experience fusing this interfacing does not take a lot of pressure so I haven't had a problem with matting down the texture.

I hope this helps....

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Date: 3/22/12 1:49 AM

Yes - as mentioned in my earlier post, I use scraps of the same fabric to press on. This does help keep the texture better.

I really like the Angel Weft - but I'm a fusible girl a lot of the time, though not always. There are definitely some fabrics that need sew-ins - you just need to test to see which gives you the look you want. The Angel Weft doesn't give the "boardy" look many fusibles do.

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