Interfacing is a material used to give additional strength, support or shape to sewing, quilting and crafts projects. It is not intended to be visible in the finished project but is either sewn or fused to the wrong side of a fabric. It is commonly used in sewing to reinforce button holes, stiffen collars and cuffs, and strengthen waistband. Interfacing can be used in quilting to apply an applique, stabilize a lighter fabric, and prevent fraying.
Convenient to use as there is a heat-activated adhesive on one side. This can be ironed to the wrong side of your fashion fabric, giving complete contact.
Is ideal for fabrics with textures or that can't be ironed. It is meant to be sandwiched between layers of fabric and sewn into place.
Created from warp and weft fibers interwoven together. This type doesn't have any stretch, and will work well with any woven fabric.
Resembles fleece or felt. There isn't a grain line, and you can cut it in any direction.
A stretchy interfacing to use when you are using a knitted fabric, such as jersey, ribbed, double knit, etc.
Feather or Lightweight is meant to be used with lightweight or delicate fabrics to add strength and durability.
Mid-weight works for a wide variety of projects.
Generally, the heavier the fabric you are using, the heavier the interfacing you need. However, your interfacing should be slightly lighter weight than the fabric you are using.
All interfacings should be preshrunk. Sew-ins can be preshrunk through a press steaming process. Fusible can be preshrunk by immersing in a bowl of very hot (not boiling) water and allowing to sit until the water cools to room temperature. Gently squeeze, then roll in a towel to remove excess moisture and allow to air dry.
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