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Date: 8/17/12 12:59 PM

I've been having problems when using fusible interface, and I suspect I'm buying the wrong kind so I want to ask for advice before buying again.

I tried making a small project that called for fusible interface, so I bought a small pack of Thermoweb Heat n' Bond iron on interface. I followed the project's instructions and cut out a piece of interface the same size of one of the pieces, ironed it on and peeled the paper backing. So far so good. Then I put the two fabric pieces right sides together and started sewing them, but the interface's rubbery texture kept sticking to the feeding dogs. I tried to turn it around so the interface would face the presser foot, but the same thing happened. I ditched the project, and the next time I had to use interface I placed pieces of notebook paper between the project and the presser foot, so that it would be able to move (I re-used an old needle so I didn't have to worry about the paper ruining the needle).

So I guess I have more than one question:

1. Is there any other kind of fusible interface I can use? What do you guys use?
2. Should I instead cut my interface smaller than the fabric pieces so that it doesn't come in contact with the presser foot?
3. Do you guys have any other tips?

I'm hoping to start working on some purses soon and the project calls for more fusible interface. I don't want to have to skip it and end with floppy purses.

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Date: 8/17/12 1:14 PM

The product you purchased is actually used for fusing two pieces of fabric together. Fusable interfacting will have glue on only one side of the material -- that's the side you fuse to the fabric...the exposed side is smooth.

Most fabric stores have it available packages on the notions aisle, and it's also available to be cut from the bolt. There are several different weights. My personal preference is to choose an interfacing that is slightly lighter in weight than the fabric I'm using, so that I get stability without stiffness.

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Date: 8/17/12 1:22 PM

Gah! So I was using the wrong kind! Good thing I only bought a small pack.

So how do I check to make sure it's not fusible on both sides?

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Date: 8/17/12 1:35 PM

What kind of project are you working on? That makes a difference on what type of interfacing you need.

Garment interfacing usually comes on a bolt and not in packages.

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Date: 8/17/12 1:35 PM

I would look at the interfacing on the bolts and feel it. Fusible will have tiny dots on one side that are glue. The glue melts and adhers to your fabric. There will not be any paper backing on this kind. some examples from fabric.com

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Date: 8/17/12 2:03 PM

I'm planning on making a purse which calls for fat quarters, so it's cotton. The interface should go between the purse body and the lining.

Thanks everyone for pointing out what kind of interface I should be buying. I'm not planning to make appliques any time soon lol.

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Date: 8/17/12 6:59 PM

Don't forget, after you have put your "bumpy side down" on the wrong side of the fabric, lay a press cloth on top of the interfacing before pressing.

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Date: 8/17/12 8:24 PM

I suggest buying the fusible interfacing from the bolt, that way you can get it cut to your own size for the projects you need. Plus, it's usually less expensive that way rather than pre-packaged.

Pellon is one of the biggest (although not necessarily best) names in fusible interfacing. You can usually find this brand at most fabric/craft stores in various weights. If your pattern doesn't specify what weight or type of interfacing, just make sure you get something that is related to the project you're working on. I believe you mentioned bags, so I would probably use something on the heavy side, but not TOO heavy. Probably something as thick as or slightly less thick than your fabric for some shape. If you need something really specific, the pattern will usually specify.

There is a member here on PR that sells fusible interfacing of very high quality. It's very good quality and I'm sure if you email, they can help you pick the best type for your project. Fashion Sewing Supply

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Date: 8/17/12 8:31 PM

Thank you all for your advice! I think I'll go to a store first so I can see and touch the interface material and maybe buy a small amount. After I know what works best I'll be ready to order online and stock up on what I need.

And I'll keep in mind the pressing cloth.

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Date: 8/17/12 9:23 PM

Interfacing isn't all that expensive so buying it at the store is OK. If you go to Hancocks or JoAnn's there is always a 40% or 50% off coupon.

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