Fusible Interfacing plays a supportive role in any garment. It adds up to the thickness of the fabric giving back support and stability to the garment. When this process is done, the hems and necklines are afforded stability and support. As such, it is a good method to use when producing garments. Shown below are the top 10 ways to use fusible interfacing.
What is Interfacing?
Interfacing is an added layer to the inside part of a garment that adds firmness, shape, and structure. It is usually used for pockets, cuffs, hemlines, and necklines. There are two (2) types of interfacing, sew-in, and fusible interfacing.
Fusible Interfacing uses glue to bond with the fabric on the wrong side and you just have to press it with iron. This type of interfacing works very well and probably the easiest thing to do. It is an essential item to choose great value iron-on interfacing with a lot of weight options that are perfect for any projects you have. The only downside is that not all fabrics are suitable for this type of interfacing. Some fabrics will be torn if ever heat is applied unto them. Before we jump into the creative ways to use fusible interfacing, there are few things that you need to consider, you need to take into account the weight of the material. It should proportionate to your garment’s weight. To know more about the usage of fusible interfacing, read on…
Lightweight Woven Fusible Interfacing.
It is an actual fabric woven to the garment. This is by far the most common and used fusible interfacing. It does not disintegrate with the fabric when washed. This is suitable for collars and facings. Even if it is lightweight, there are medium to heavyweight options.
Knit Fusible Interfacing
From the title itself, it is used for knitted garments. The main purpose of this interfacing is to give the knitted garment some stretch. This kind of interfacing is great for woven apparel also, it can be used even if the garment is not stretchable, you can still use this kind of interfacing.
Fusible Interfacing for Face Masks
With the current situation that we have right now, we are required to wear our face mask every time we go out in public places. More and more makers of face masks integrate fusible interfacing in providing stability to their products. It provides filtration to block out some particles and it is also breathable.
Quilting for your T-shirt projects may be a little tricky in terms of its stretchiness and when quilting is not properly supported it can make the quilt design distorted. That is why it is best to apply fusible interfacing as backing support for your T-Shirt, to maintain the stretchiness and quilt design. You can even apply fusible interfacing to jersey quilting. Even those jerseys have holes in them, fusible interfacing makes quilting possible. Adding a quilt design on your favourite T-Shirt whether it’s knitted or not, you can use this kind of interfacing to provide stability and stretchiness over the long run.
When making bags and purses, it is important to use the right interfacing to provide support and structural stability. Fusible Interfacing is the easiest interfacing to use for bag construction. You can choose a lighter weight of interfacing than your fabric used. Just like in T-Shirt Quilting, interfacing provides stability to the bag’s design. Most of the fusible interfacing is non-woven and can be applied in any direction and it comes with different weight variants.
Fusible Interfacing is best suited to use for an embroidery project. It provides support to the fabric without sacrificing the drape of the fabric, making it more stable without the stiffness. Adding interfacing before embroidering can prevent puckering.
Jeans Sewing & Repair
Fusible Interfacing is a great option for sewing and repairing jeans since it will move along with your denim fabric. Patching up jeans can be successful when you use this kind of interfacing. It helps in creating an invisible denim patch. Small holes or small jeans repairs that need patches need not be thrown in the garbage bin right away, fusible interfacing will help you do the work.
Creating a customized placemat for your dining table adds color and life to your home. You can choose your preferred fabric design to make rectangles for your placemats. To add up stability and sturdiness to your fabric placemat, you can use fusible interfacing when sewing your homemade placemats. You can even make a reversible placemat when fusible interfacing is used.
Sewing Silk Fabrics
Silk fabrics resemble luxury and it has been used for several sewing projects. If you plan out to make beautiful top clothing, you can use fusible interfacing to stabilize hems and neckline. Choosing light-weight fusible interfacing is the perfect fit for adding support while avoiding adding bulkiness to the fine silk fabric.
Fusible Interfacing is the best to use for applique because it makes it easy for you to position and stitch an applique without pinning or basting the fabric. It securely holds the fabric and the applique together. Fusible Interfacing also prevents the applique from wearing out from the fabric.
Interfacing adds structure and definition to every sewing project that you do. It gives your project durability and the stability it needs. Proper interfacing will make your project more professional looking and the designs are maintained. Fusible interfacing is easy to use with less shifting from the fabric, especially for silk fabrics. Another good thing about fusible interfacing is that it goes along with the movement of the fabric and it does not tear away easily. These are some of the uses and benefits of using fusible interfacing.
For beginners, it is easy to follow and it is a good skill to learn. It is a good idea also to choose the closest weight of your interfacing for your project, while it is tempting to choose a heavier weight of interfacing, it is always better to use a lighter weight of interfacing for your project. And proper pressing is essential also to bond your interfacing and your garment. Now that you know, the uses and benefits of fusible interfacing, it’s time to apply these to your future projects and keep on practising fusible interfacing skills.