Interfacing sewing

What is interfacing sewing?

Interfacing is similar to the hidden backbone of many sewing projects. This special cloth is not visible from the outside of a garment, but it helps shape, support, and keep different parts of clothes stiff and neat. It can be described as an unseen hero who structures collars, cuffs, and waistbands, preventing them from getting stretched or losing their contours.

Why should I use interfacing in my projects?

The main reason for using interfacing is to give additional strength to some areas of your garment or any piece of sewing. It assists in prolonging the life of clothes, maintaining their forms, and improving appearances. Interfacing should be applied to parts likely to undergo a lot of stress or those you want to be more noticeable, like buttonholes, collars, and lapels.

Are there different types of interfacing?

Yes, there are different types of interfacing suitable for specific purposes, as follows:

Woven Interfacing

This type moves and behaves like most fabrics; therefore, it can be used on almost all materials.

Non-Woven Interfacing

These do not ravel and are easy to use, so they are best suited for crafts or simple shapes.

Knit Interfacing

It offers stretch, making it perfect for knit fabrics.

Fusible vs. Sew-In Interfacing

Fusible interfacing is not ironed onto fabric like any other layer; it has adhesive on one side, while sew-in interfacing is stitched in place.

Can interfacing be washed and ironed just like the rest of the fabric in a project?

Interfacing’s compatibility with washing and ironing depends on its type:

Fusible Interfacing

Be cautious with heat. Always follow the manufacturer’s care labels to avoid melting the adhesive.

Sew-In Interfacing

Generally, it’s safe to wash and iron, but it’s still wise to follow any guidelines provided by the interfacing manufacturer.

How Can I Remove Interfacing?

Removing interfacing is like delicate surgery—if done incorrectly, you risk damaging your fabric! Try gently reheating fusible versions with an iron before peeling away slowly; however, BE EXTRA CAREFUL NOT TO SCORCH or burn anything!! Sew-in varieties can usually just be picked out using a seam ripper, but be gentle so as not to catch any threads.

How Do I Avoid Bubbles When Applying Fusible Interfacing?

Bubbles are pesky little blighters, aren’t they?

To avoid getting them, make sure both pieces (i.e., material and interfacing) are laid out flat and smooth before starting; use the correct iron temperature settings recommended by the manufacturer; begin from the center and work outwards, pressing firmly but not too hard; then repeat the same process for the other half if necessary. Don’t rush through it—take your time till everything looks nice and even!