Did you catch my most recent sewing tip for all of you just starting out on your sewing adventure? (or maybe you just need practice or a refresher??) In case you missed it, I posted a few tips to help with your basic sewing stitches, found here.
Hopefully that was helpful for some of you trying to get the hang of (or getting reacquainted with) your machine.
And just so you know, there are many more tips found in the Sewing Tips section, found here.
Have you been there in a while? (You can always find it by clicking on “Tutorials”, right under the header.)
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As for today’s tip, it’s comes from a question I receive often.
And that is, “What in the world is interfacing and why do I need it?” So, I figured it must be something to add to the sewing tip section.
Plus a few more similar items that I use often.
I use interfacing pretty often and always have a stock of it. But I also always have some fusible web and adhesive. And I use them all for different reasons. So I’ll explain all of that.
Want to see more?
A bit about Interfacing:
When do I use it?
Need a visual of a few projects using interfacing? (Click on the photo to go there.)
Now, let me show you how interfacing works. You’ll generally cut a piece of interfacing that’s the same as your pattern piece of fabric.
If you look at your fusible interfacing really closely (but not the sew-in kind) it has little bumps of glue on one side and is smooth on the other side.
You will place the bumpy side face down onto the “wrong” side of the fabric and iron it down in place. (I generally don’t have luck with interfacing if my iron is too hot and if I leave it on there too long. It kind of burns the glue off and then your layers won’t stick together. So keep that in mind.)
Now look at the difference a little interfacing can make.
Does that make more sense now? I hope so.
A bit about Fusible Adhesive:
When do I use it?
Need a visual of a few projects using Fusible Adhesive? (Click on the photo to go there.)
Now, let’s see how fusible adhesive works. This brand comes in sheets but also on a roll. So just cut what you need.
And if you look closely, you can see the adhesive on one side and the paper on the other side.
Now, you can cut the exact shape that you need or cut a piece that’s slightly bigger than you need and then cut your shape out afterwards. (I generally just cut a square shape because it’s hard to get the exact shape you need and then match it up exactly how you need it and then iron it, etc. Plus, the paper side gives you a nice surface to draw or trace the shape that you need. Great for letters!) So once you get that square (or other shape) cut out, place the adhesive side down on the “wrong” side of the fabric and iron it down, placing the hot iron on the paper side of the adhesive.
Then, draw your shape that you need on the paper side and then cut it out.
Then, peel the paper backing off………and the adhesive will stay adhered to the fabric. See how it’s shiny? That’s the adhesive. (If you peel off the paper and the adhesive didn’t stick to the fabric, you need to try ironing it on again.)
Now place the shiny side down on the fabric that you want to stick it to, and iron it down. (And as a side note, if you’re making an applique for clothing like this little heart below, you’ll then want to stitch around the edge of the heart, to secure it in place.)
Does that make better sense? Whew, you’re a pro now!
A bit about Fusible Web:
When do I use it?
Need a visual of a few projects using Fusible Web? (Click on the photo to go there.)
Now, let’s see how fusible web works. Cut out the shapes that you need to fuse together (the blue fabric on the left and the felt in the middle) and then cut a piece of fusible web the same size.
Now, this variety has a sticky back on one side. So you just have to peel the paper backing off and it exposes the temporary adhesive that’s on one side. (Feels kinda like a sticker.)
Now, remember that this webbing stuff can be placed in the middle of your two layers without ironing one side first, like the adhesive shown above.
So just layer it between the two textiles that you want to iron together.
And then iron it together. When fusing felt to another fabric, it takes some time and some higher heat. So be patient. And then you’ll end up with a nice stiff piece of fabric with a felt backing.
And that’s it. Your rundown of interfacing and adhesive.
If you have anything I should add to each of these (or if I need to correct something), let me know. I’d love to add more info.