In the “Basics” column of Threads #123 (Feb./March 2006), I explain why fusible interfacing—fabric with beads of adhesive on one side that can be melted with an iron—helps strengthen fashion fabric. I also demonstrate how to cut, position, and apply it. Learn more about interfacings in this product chart.
Interfacing by type and thickness
The application process is straightforward, but the interfacing choices at some fabric stores can be overwhelming because there are so many types and thicknesses. This handy chart, excerpted from Denise L. Bean’s article, “Interfacing: The Inside Essential,” Threads #103 (Oct./Nov. 2002), breaks the choices down into three main types—woven, nonwoven, and knit— and then in terms of thicknesses. Consult this guide the next time you approach a wide selection of interfacing in-store or online., and you’ll quickly be able to select an appropriate product.
Interfacing brands and their products
Four major brands of interfacing are available to consumers: Stacy, Pellon, and HTC, Inc. are available at most fabric stores, and Kuffner is available from tailoring suppliers and some independent fabric stores. If you purchase a nonbrand interfacing and can’t locate the manufacturer, the retailer should stand behind the product. (Manufacturers may discontinue or rename products, so some listings in the chart may no longer be available.)
• featherweight to lightweight
•• lightweight to medium-weight
••• medium-weight to heavyweight
* miscellaneous or nonbrand interfacings
** specifically for hand or machine knits, hand wovens, and loose weaves
It would be nice if this could be exported to a pdf for easier printing.