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Interfacing 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!
Have a sewing pattern that you use over and over? Apply a fusible interfacing to the pattern and it will last much longer.
By Mike from Cabot, VT
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.
By Pamphyila from LA, CA
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Can you use dryer sheets for interfacing fabric in sewing?
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.
I've heard you can use coffee filters.
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.
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
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'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.
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!
What is the difference between fusible fleece and fusible interfacing?
Pam from Mt. Morris, MI
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.
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!:)
I made a small tee shirt quilt and used Pellon 911FF and the quilt top is stiff. Will washing and drying make it softer?