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Types Of Fabric Interfacing | Fusible And Non Fusible Interfacing

Updated on June 19, 2013

Fabric Interfacing Used To Strengthen Clothes

Dressmakers use different types of fabric interfacing to support and add stability to the inner layer of any sewing fabric. You can use interfacing to shape the details of collars, lapels, belts, cuffs, buttonholes, pockets and waistbands. When you interface any inner layer of fabric, you add strength, body that is not bulky, and interfacing makes the fabric not to stretch even with repeated wearing due to washing.

There are many types of interfacing that you can select, to choose the right the right ones will require a bit of practice. You can find interfacing with a variety of weights and fibers. If you by mistake select a wrong interfacing for your fabric, it will definitely show on the way the finished garment will appear.

You should choose interfacing to fit the fabric weight that you want to sew on. Use interfacing that is lighter or has the same weight as the base fabric. Some fabric interfacing will require you to sew them in with the seams or on the outside wrong side of the fabric. To find out if the interfacing and the fabric will drape well, you should try and hold the interfacing and the fabric layers together.

Types Of Fabric Interfacing

These are the different types of fusible and non fusible interfacing:

Types Of Fusible Interfacing

These are the types of fusible or iron-on interfacing:

Fusible Web

Fusible web is not interfacing, it is used as a bonding agent. You can use it to join pieces of fabric together, you do not need to sew the fabric. Although fusible web will not prevent the fabric from stretching like the normal interfacing, it will add stiffness to the fabric.

Fusible Knits Interfacing

You can use fusible knit interfacing with woven fabric and any light weight knit as it is made from nylon tricot material.

Fusible Woven Interfacing

Fusible woven interfacing is in various stiffness and weights, ranging from heavy to medium weight.

Non Woven Fusible Waist-banding Interfacing

This type of non woven interfacing can be used on clothes cuffs, waistbands and plackets as it has fold lines that are already marked for stitching. It helps to add extra crisp to edges and firmness.

Fusible Non Woven Interfacing

You can find fusible non woven interfacing in different weight.

Types Of Non Fusible Interfacing

These are some of the types of non fusible or sew-in interfacing that you can use to add stiffness to your garment:

Sew-in Woven Interfacing

You can use sew-in or non fusible interfacing to shape woven fabrics.

Sew-in Non Woven Interfacing

You will have to pre shrink the sew-in non woven interfacing. You can use this interfacing on stretch fabrics, knits and also on woven fabrics. These non fusible interfacing comes in different colors, weight and stretch.

Non Woven Sew-in Waist-banding Interfacing

This type of non fusible interfacing is used on the facing or back of waistbands. It is advisable not to sew it into the seams of a waistband as it is too stiff and heavy weight.

Fabric Interfacing Guide For Sewing

You can find interfacing in woven, such as calico and lawn, iron on and non woven fabrics. You can also get woven and non woven interfacing in fusible and non fusible or sew-in fabrics. If you choose fusible interfacing, it is good or you to know that fusible interfacing is easy and quick to use on garment and moreover, it gives more stiffness to the fabric. Although fusible interfacing may not favor some fabrics that are delicate, because of the heat that comes from the iron steam.

Sew-ins or non fusible interfacing will require more expertise as you may need to use hand in stitching on the interfacing. If you decide to use any type of interfacing, you should know both the stiffness of the fabric you want to use and the weight and crispness of the interfacing, and how they match. You can use fusible web interfacing to quickly bind two pieces of fabrics together. This type of interfacing is mostly used to hold appliques, patches and put up hems before sewing.

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Iron-on Interfacing And Non-Woven Interfacing Tips

Non Woven Interfacing

You will always find the manufacturer's recommendation on how to use any of the non woven interfacing and the type of fabric you can use it with. You should not use non woven interfacing on large areas on the fabric. This type of interfacing is made for special fabrics and not for all fabric types.

Iron-on Interfacing Or Fusible

You may not be able to use iron-on interfacing on all fabrics, so always check to know the weight of the fabric you want to use the interfacing on. With regular washing of the fabric, the iron-on interfacing may come loose, unless you sew it to the fabric. When the interfacing comes loose, it looses its stiffness and the collar or cuffs will flop.

If you want to use sew-in interfacing, you will have to baste it and use machine to stitch the interfacing to the fabric. Fusible or iron-on interfacing have coating on one side of the interfacing, such that when you place the coating side to the wrong side of the fabric and use iron to press the non coating side, the interfacing fuses to the fabric. You should use a damp piece of clothe to give extra steam when you apply fusible interfacing.


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