Aug 30

How to Fuse Interfacing to a Garment

The first step would be to first find the correct type of interfacing that will work for you type of fabric. Mostly these instructions will be on the back of the pattern envelope that you bought. If you are creating your own patterns at home, it would be best to first test what interfacing will work on the type of fabric you are using. You only need a small piece of fabric and measure a block, fuse the piece and measure it again to see what the different shrinkage was.

Now for me that is doing sewing at home and as a hobby I don’t have a fusing press or fusing machine like most clothing manufactures have. I still have to use to old reliable way that worked for me.

The tools that you would need would be the following:

1. Iron

2. Cloth

3. Correct interfacing

I know some people make use of more equipment but I have been using this method for years and never had any problems.

Steps to follow:

1. Cut out your patterns pieces of the fabric and interfacing. Some people will suggest that you cutout you interfacing smaller than you fabric so when you steam iron it, it won’t stick to your cloth or ironing board. That is up to you, you will know best how accurate you work.

2. Make sure before ironing the parts together that the glue dotted side are facing the wrong side of the fabric. This is quite important part because if you iron the parts together and it’s the wrong sides it very difficult to remove the interfacing again, probably also depend on the type of interfacing and glue.

3. Place a cloth over the parts and make sure you iron is hot. I found that steam doesn’t always work well so I use only a little bit of steam setting on the iron. I make use of a cloth as a hot iron can leave shiny marks on your fabric and you don’t want that.

4. When pressing the iron on top of the cloth keep it for a few seconds on the same spot before moving onto another section. I also do small sections at a time no matter how small the parts are.

5. After ironing the parts leave it to cool down for a bit before using it to continue sewing your garment. I find it best to fuse all the interfacing parts before actually start sewing the garment.

Fuse Interfacing

If you are struggling to keep the parts together you can use some pins and remove them before ironing a section. You don’t want a pin head ironed into you fabric, some you don’t see but rather be safe than sorry afterwards.

These are the basic tips and steps I take when I fuse interfacing to a garment.

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