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Is it interfacing?

cer | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Well, I’ve just survived (thank you God) with minimal damage Charley and now Frances! And ready to do something to lift the spirits… let’s sew!

QUESTION: I believe I have found nonfusible, woven, light to mid weight interfacing in my stash of fashion fabric but am not 100% sure. What is a good way of testing if it is indeed interfacing and not just some stiff fabric?

ALSO: Should nonfusible interfacing be preshrunk as does the fusible? I think the answer is a resounding YES.



  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    Preshrinking is always the best route to go, as you already seem to know.

    As for the other, even if it is just "some stiff fabric", you may use it as interfacing if that is what you deem it useful for. I often will use self fabric as interfacing if that is what seems to be perfect for the job. And organza makes a wonderful, featherweight interfacing with lots of body. The only time I would limit a fabric's use in this manner is if it was loosely woven or had a print/texture that might otherwise interfere with the garment.

    Glad to hear that you've come through this latest weather challenge okay. I've been watching the news and it isn't pretty.

  2. SewTruTerry | | #2

    I guess that you are on the Gulf Coast of Florida? Well nothing to beat the blues like a little sewing. By the way glad you made  it through the rough weather.

    The best way to tell if what you have is what is traditionally thought of as stabilizer is to take a close look, and answer the following...  Can you determine a grain line?  Does it appear to be woven?  If the answer to both of the questions is no then you are probably looking at a traditional stabilizer.  But I agree with the other response if the hand of the fabric is going to get you the results that you are looking for in a stabilizer then go for it.  If you wash and dry it and then iron the material flat you have preshrunken it as much as one would hope.  Of course try a sample with the fashion fabric and wash and dry it or launder as usual to see if you like the results.  The only problem that most sewers encounter is that they try to short cut on the samples and then complain about "unusual" or "surprise" results.

    1. cer | | #3

      Nope, Terry, and the irony of it all, I'm as Central Florida as you can get. AND wham-o this year, two hurricanes.

      Thanks for the info. C

  3. Msmeow | | #4

    Carolyn - where are you in CF?  I live in Winter Garden.  I grew up in Lakeland, and I don't think I'd ever really experienced a hurricane before this summer!

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