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1803 - Draping Interfacing

1803 - Draping Interfacing
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2 yards - 48 inches wide. Sold only in white.

A special weight of non-woven interfacing. Perfect for draping purposes.

Interfacings Article


Connie puts a special emphasis on interfacings.
So she put together a more thorough treatment and explanation for her customers.
It was a little too lengthy to put into a simple web page, so we thought it would be much better as a pdf download. Here's the link:
c_corner_Interfacings.pdf (560 kB)


Know Thy Interfacings


KNOW THY INTERFACINGS

Just like fabrics, interfacings are made of various fibers and weaves. Because of the variety of fabric weights, finishes, fiber blends, and textures, today's fashion sewer should select interfacings with the following criteria in mind: fiber content, finish (press-on or sew-in), color, weave, and weight.

There are many manufacturers of interfacings. Rather than choosing interfacing based on a brand name, select an interfacing fabric that is compatible to the weight, hand, and stretch of the garment fabric. Interfacing should not change the weight of the fabric or drastically affect the appearance of the garment.

PRE-SHRINKING INTERFACING:

Our interfacings are #1 quality interfacings manufactured for the garment industry. No manufacturer pre-shrinks their interfacings. Pre-shrinking interfacing is NOT NECESSARY. Heat is the element which "relaxes" the fibers. Notice that all our interfacings are made of either polyester or nylon - unshrinkable fibers. This is the case in 99% of all interfacings.

PRE-TEST FUSIBLE INTERFACING:

Cut a 3" square of the fabric and half this amount of the selected interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to half of the square. Allow the fabric to cool. Check the fabric piece by folding the un-fused side against the fused side. The fabric should have added body but should not be too heavy. It should roll slightly yet not give a stiff board appearance.

AVOIDING THE "ORANGE PEEL" EFFECT:

If the fusible interfacing is too heavy for the fashion fabric or the amount of glue is too thick, the weight of the interfacing can overpower the fabric and create the "orange peel" effect -- especially after laundering. Our interfacings contain just the right amount glue. You should not experience the "orange peel" effect with our interfacings, as long as enough heat and steam are used in the fusing process.

FUSING METHOD:
Use a damp pressing cloth between the iron and the interfacing.
HEAT -- The temperature should be on a hotter "steam" setting.
TIME & PRESSURE -- Hold the iron firmly in one place till the heat creates enough steam to melt the glue. Once each section is adhered to the fabric, then proceed to the next section. NOTE: If the interfacing peels away from your fabric, you have not applied enough steam and heat to the fabrics to melt the glue.