Fusible interfacing is one of the most useful types of interfacing there are. When done right, it makes the difference between something that looks professional and amateur.
It has a plastic coated side that makes it stick to fabric when pressed, that's why it's also called iron-on interfacing. Once applied, it gives stiffness and strength to any fabric
It's used to make buttonholes, zipper edges, pockets and seams resistant to constant use. You will find it in handbags and shirt collars too. It gives them body and helps them maintain their shape.
This type of interfacing is very useful and easier to work with than sew-in, but it takes practice to get the perfect bond. Here are some tips to help you get it right.
Fusible interfacing doesn't work so great on thick fabrics or ones that don't resist heat. It will also change the fabric's original drape if their weights don't match.
Before applying, make a small sample to ensure that you get exactly what you want. If it doesn't come out the way you hoped, select another type and test again.
Here are the steps to selecting the right interfacing everytime.
When you get exactly what you need need, you're ready to fuse!
Press the iron down and release some steam. (If the iron doesn't have steam setting, dampen the cloth before pressing) Leave it for a few seconds, and bring it up again.
Note: Most types of interfacing will fuse better with steam. BUT there are some that will shrink. Make sure you test with a scrap to see if you can use steam or not.
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