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labeelady

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Date: 5/20/12 0:16 AM

I'm making a shirt for my hubby and have enough interfacing for the collar and plackets if I could piece it, otherwise I'd have to take a trip to fabric store for more.

Is it okay to piece it or would there be too much bulk where I seamed it?

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Date: 5/20/12 1:36 AM

I piece interfacing a lot and it doesn't seem to make any difference. It probably depends a bit on the thickness of your fabric and the thickness of the interfacing. If it is a shirt collar and cuffs, are you using really thick stuff? If not go ahead and piece.

Edited to say that I use iron on IF, not sew in, which means I don't have to stitch it together. With sew in I wouldn't piece.
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Date: 5/20/12 2:16 AM

For fusible interfacing, I do piece together. I just overlap the pieces just a little to minimize any excess bulk.

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Date: 5/20/12 6:26 AM

I piece interfacing all the time, even with shirting. With iron-on, just overlap the pieces and iron. With sew-in, overlap and run a line of basting stitches.

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Date: 5/20/12 8:39 AM

All the time. I live too far away to just jump in the car and drive to pick up some more, so I piece it--fusible or non-fusible. I've even used old muslin sheets as interfacing; it makes collars roll nicely. Just make sure if you're using the fusible it's the same thickness. Sometimes for the non-fusible I'll use some stitch witchery to attach it to my pieces and that holds it down nicely until I can stitch 1/2" seam allowance to hold it down.

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Date: 5/20/12 12:30 PM

I piece but usually only in places where it wouldn't be very noticeable.
I probably would not piece in a collar as its too noticeable, but elsewhere go for it!

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Date: 5/20/12 1:20 PM

I piece and I layer. I rarely use heavy interfacing so I'd rather build up layers when necessary (and appropriate to the task) than keep one more item in the home inventory. If I layer, I do it to the facing side.

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Date: 5/21/12 4:56 AM

Since I am using sew-in interfacing, I decided against piecing and went to Joann's yesterday for more. However, I opted for the medium-weight since what I had originally was a light-weight. The medium-weight will work better for the collar and plackets I think I had a friend with me who concurred on this.

Thanks for all your input!

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Singer 221 (1948)
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