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Understanding Interfacings
Instructor: Sarah Veblen
Sarah Veblen

Have you ever skipped using an interfacing when a pattern has called for it? Have you ever wondered which interfacing product you're supposed to use in a given situation? Have you ever thought that you should use an interfacing when the pattern did not call for one?

This 15-lesson class will help you take control of using interfacings in your garment sewing. You'll learn:

  • What the function of an interfacing is -- and why using interfacing is so important.
  • About a wide variety of interfacings, not just what's available in chain fabric stores.
  • Which sewing situations will almost always need to be interfaced.
  • How to judge on your own when an interfacing should be used.
  • When you can skip using an interfacing.
  • The pros and cons of fusible interfacing.
  • The pros and cons of sew-in interfacing.
  • How to best apply both fusible and sew-in interfacings.
  • How to decide which interfacing to use.
  • How to interface with a light touch -- and different ways to get more structure.
  • How to pre-shrink interfacing -- and decide if it's necessary to pre-shrink.
  • Where to source both common and luxury interfacings.
Your kit will include over 20 samples of different interfacings -- from those that give just a touch of support to those that provide firm and structured support -- for garment construction. Each sample is approximately 8" x 12" so that you'll have a handy reference guide and be able to test-apply potential interfacings to your fashion fabric when deciding which interfacing to use in future garments.

Give your garment sewing a big boost and learn the fine points as well as the basics about interfacing. As you become more knowledgeable about the role interfacings play, I guarantee that your garments will improve dramatically.

(Note: This class concentrates on interfacings for garment sewing. It does not cover craft and home d├ęcor products or battings.)

The kit is an integral part of the class and is required. The class kit contains:

  • Samples (approximately 8" x 12") of more than 20 different interfacings
  • Half-scale patterns: Bodice front, Bodice back, Front neck facing, Back neck facing
  • Small cut of light-weight silk for half-scale garment
  • Small cut of medium-weight wool for half-scale garment
  • Small cuts of 2 different interfacings for half-scale garments

Video Titles
  1. Reinforcing weak points in garments.
  2. Assessing a fabric "sandwich".
  3. Evaluating "give" in knit interfacings.
  4. Aligning the fashion fabric and interfacing.
  5. Fusing techniques.

Class is a combination of PDF downloads, boards and Interactive real time chat sessions with the instructors. Online Video included in this class. See sample below

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