A Quick Guide to Interfacing
Wondering what on earth I’m talking about? Let’s start from the beginning! Interfacing is: An extra layer of material or an adhesive stiffener that is applied to the facing of a garment to add support.
More specifically, Interfacing can be used to give additional strength, support or shape to sewing, quilting and crafts projects. It is either sewn or fused (with an iron) to the wrong side of a fabric. It can also be used in quilting to apply an applique, stabilize a lighter fabric, and prevent fraying.
Here at Little T’s Haberdashery we stock a range of interfacing, including fusible Light weight, Medium weight and Firm weight interfacing in white (Medium weight is also available in charcoal) plus Vilene H609 Fusible Knit interfacing. You can find them over in the Interfacing & Fuse-A-Web section over on the website.
Keep reading for a quick guide to the individual types and how best to choose the right interfacing for your project!
How to choose the right interfacing for your project:
- If your chosen fabric can be safely ironed (if you’re not sure test a small piece first!) then you can use a fusible interfacing, if not – you’ll need a sew-in interfacing.
- There are three main types of interfacing – Non woven / Woven / Knit. Non Woven is the most versatile and is made by bonding fibres together and therefore has no grain. You can cut it in any direction, plus it will not ravel, so it is particularly easy to use. This is what we stock at Little T’s (other than the Knit interfacing).
- The most important thing to consider when choosing interfacing is the weight of your fabric. Do not use interfacing that is a heavier weight than your fabric. Ideally it should always be a slightly lighter weight (or the same if that is easier to find). Medium weight is good for most jersey or quilting cottons, light weight for cotton lawn or similar for example.
- It’s handy to have a few different weights of interfacing on hand and make test samples to see which works best (this is why we offer a bundle of light/medium/firm weight interfacings).
How to apply your Interfacing:
- Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for applying fusible interfacing.
- Make sure your fabric is wrong side up and the interfacing is fusible side down. Usually you can tell the fusible side by the bumpy texture or shiny appearance of the adhesive.
- Use steam or not, as recommended (for the interfacing stocked by Little T’s – it is NOT recommended to use steam).
- Apply firm, even pressure with your iron for the amount of time recommended – do not slide the iron from side to side, it may stretch out the interfacing.
- Lift the iron and place back down in a new position, slightly overlapping the previous areas.
- Once you’ve pressed from the interfacing side, it’s a good idea to flip the piece over and repeat from the right side of the fabric to ensure a good bond.
- Be careful to protect your ironing board, iron and fabrics from any excess fusible adhesive.
We hope you’ve found this quick guide useful, if you have any queries or questions about these (or any of our other) products then please do get in touch. You can email us at [email protected] or get in touch via our Facebook Page. And don’t forget to share your finished projects with us over on Instagram @Littletshabdash or on Facebook.