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Coat interfacing

PattyP48 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hello All,
25 years ago I made a full-length wool coat and fused it with a wonderfully supple but stable interfacing. It added so much to the finished product and I’m still wearing the coat. Was I smart enough to keep the plastic description sheet? Didn’t I realize stores can and do go out of business? What was I thinking? I have tried numerous other interfacings but with disappointing results. Not good. Does anyone out there in cyberland have any clues? My latest attempt was with Whisper Weft and that is just too stiff. Many thanks for any input.


  1. nmog | | #1

    You might want to look at http://www.macpheeworkshop.com. Linda MacPhee has a show by the same name and she is famous for her wool parkas and patterns. There might be an idea on the site or you could contact them for help.

    You could also contact Textile Outfitters in Calgary (sorry I don't have the address). They sell lots of outdoor fabrics and supplies, and they might have something that works. Good luck!


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      Thimblefingers | | #2

      I would recommend Estee's Fabrics http://www.estees-fabrics.com (780) 436-7533 as they specialize in fine fabrics and teach courses in coat making.  They carry a large selection of fine interfacings which you will not find at most other fabrics stores.  They will send samples and, being experienced, will give you excellent advice.  MacPhee and Textile Outfitters are good but more on the casual, sporty end of clothing and probably wouldn't carry a better quality interfacing for a wool coat.

      1. PattyP48 | | #5

        I appreciate the input and am determined to get the results I want. Gatherings certainly offers a wide network of information and reference, doesn't it?
        Happy stitching to all,

        1. DonnaH | | #6

          Peggy Sagers at Silouettes pattrns stocks a wonderful fusible,supple interfacing that is industry quality. You can order it from her website. I saw it at the ETA conference in Dallas, and it is MUCH better quality than the interfacing stocked in regular fabric stores.

  2. solosmocker | | #3

    It is possible that a fusible interfacing that was available 25 years ago is not available today. Fusibles have changed tremendously in that time and are so much better today. I might be tempted to use something called "formflex". I have had a lot of success with this interfacing, but for a coat I personally prefer hair canvas which is not fusible. Make sure you preshrink your fusible interfacing by letting it sit in a sink, folded, of warm water. When the water has come to room temp, take it out gently and roll in a terry towel. Press the towel with your hands only, no squeezing or wringing. Then, unroll and hang on a rod or hanger to dry.

  3. alotofstitches | | #4

    Are you serious that the Whisper Weft was too stiff?  I was going to suggest Acro ArmoWeft as I think it was one of the first fusibles for tailoring.  Go to the Handler Textile website--I bet they  can help.

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