Using Interfacing

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December 27, 2007

Sewing Supplies on PatternInterfacing can be expensive, but I have found that landscape fabric is the same thing as sew-on, black, light weight interfacing. It comes in different thickness', too. Landscape fabric is made to keep weeds from growing through your garden. It's made to withstand water, weeds, and 4 or more years of everything the environment can throw at it!


Plus it is only $3.99 for a 3 x 50 foot roll. On the west coast, I buy mine at Big Lots, which is a discount, liquidation store. They sell their own brand. So if you're gardening, save some of your landscape cloth, and put it in your sewing box!

By Cyinda near Seattle, WA

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December 16, 2009

Have a sewing pattern that you use over and over? Apply a fusible interfacing to the pattern and it will last much longer.

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June 29, 2009

You can use iron-on interfacing, which comes in white or black, for mending of items with finer fabrics. The interfacing is so light weight that the mend won't show, as it would with regular bonding materials.

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October 3, 2010

Can you use dryer sheets for interfacing fabric in sewing?

By Andria King


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October 3, 20100 found this helpful

Interfacing is not expensive to buy and why would you want to substitute dryer sheets? An old dryer sheet might leave a grease stain on your fabric.

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

I've heard you can use coffee filters.

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October 10, 20100 found this helpful

The grease from the dryer sheet will gunk up the sewing machine. Not a happy thing to deal with.
You can get interfacing that is sew in stuff, rather than iron on and cut into size you need. I have the heavy stuff and cut some into inch size strips to have handy for things.


Never know when a little piece is all you need and it is there. Also can get the breathable type fabrics which I love to use as interfacing for everyday things. It softens nicely, to the point some you can get dissolves.

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August 20, 20210 found this helpful

Used dryer sheets, of course. Why not? The softening agent isn't grease. If it were, you'd have all kinds of spots on your clean dry cloths. It disperses in the dryer as you dry your wash load so the used sheet should be perfectly fine to use as facing.

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November 21, 20210 found this helpful

Coffee filters are used when you sew lightweight or unstable fabrics. When you're done sewing you tear it away. If used as interfacing it will just wash away.

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April 14, 2015

I would like to know if fusible interfacing is breathable? I am making a bed cover and pillow shams with a woven-acrylic material. It is very breathable, but I need to find the right fabric to put just behind this woven fabric. I am looking for a breathable interfacing/fabric. So I wonder if anyone may have a great suggestion? Thank you!:)

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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

Depends on what type. Heavier weights of it are not, lighter weights are. Seen in ones are if light but the iron on ones are not.

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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

You need to read the label. The people who work in the store can help you. You can also call customer service at Nancys Notions, a company that sells all kinds of sewing and quilting products.

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October 18, 2014

I made a small tee shirt quilt and used Pellon 911FF and the quilt top is stiff. Will washing and drying make it softer?

By Jeanne


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December 6, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, the stiffness will break down.

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May 9, 2008

Need sewing advise. I added Pellon fusible non-woven interfacing to the front and back of an evening bolero jacket (per the pattern instructions) and I do not like the stiffness. Does anyone know how to remove the fused interfacing?

Rose from Malvern, PA


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May 9, 20080 found this helpful

I've been through this & it's not fun... & the truth is, sometimes it's impossible to remove it, but if you want to give it a try, what you do is take a piece of light colored 100% cotton fabric & lay it over the interfacing, then just iron the cotton it until the interfacing underneath it warms up enough to get a corner pulled up, then slowly keep warming up the interfacing & pulling it up while it's warm (or hot)... Depending on how well you've fused it & how long it's been sitting will decide if it will or won't come away from the fabric.


But remember this Pellon is MADE to be washed, dried & dry-cleaned without coming up...
* You could also e-mail the Pellon company & ask them.

You've probably used an interfacing that was just a wee bit thicker than was needed for that particular fabric. I've done this many times when I've not had the interfacing I needed, but now, I recently stocked up on different kinds when it was 50% off, so hopefully this won't happen to me again. I personally like the knitted interfacing, the one for knits because it moves & bends a little when you do.

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By Becky (Guest Post)
May 13, 20081 found this helpful

Just iron again on the interfacing until it heats up and peel if off. I've not had any trouble doing this before but it is difficult to remove any left over goo. Good Luck!

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January 16, 2008

What is the difference between fusible fleece and fusible interfacing?

Pam from Mt. Morris, MI


By Phyllis in MD (Guest Post)
January 17, 20080 found this helpful

Fusible interfacing is generally thinner than the fleece and is used to add weight, stability and durability to a pattern piece. Interfacing is generally used in collars, waistbands and where buttons are so that buttons or the buttonholes don't tear the fabric.


Fusible fleece is not something I have used much but it is thicker and can be used as the middle layer of a quilted item.
Both are ironed in place and can be cut with scissors and/or a rotary cutter.

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

Is there any substitute for fusible fleece that's more economical ?

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