Hi, I’m a bit new to sewing and am a little confused by the interfacing stuff…

I was planning to make a wool coat some time in the future out of wool blend suiting. I was wondering what areas I should interface as the fabric is a little floppy (I was thinking around the collar and closure area, cuffs, and perhaps the front and back ‘bodice’)

Also, as I am not too keen on fusible interfacing, I was wondering what good alternatives there were. I was considering using silk organza (somehow cheaper than the rest of the interfacings available…), would this work? How would I insert nonfusible interfacing? Would I have to pad-stitch it or something?

Also,I bought some armoweft interfacing some time ago and prewashed it and now it is flaking lots of glue. Is this normal?

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    Apr 1, 2014, 06.39 PMby katensew

    It was customary to use a canvas interfacing – and this is still the best option but maybe difficult to source. An alternative is to use a sew in interfacing on the front edge ( to reinforce for buttonholes and shape revers ) , to attach pockets ( to reinforce ) , on the sleeve hem -( to help attach hem and give " body ) and a stiffer interfacing for the collar. Canvas interfacing is pad stitched to shape collar and revers – but this is a more skilled technique. The sew in interfacing is attached along with the facings, the shoulder seam and of course buttons etc help to hold it in place – use plenty of basting and do not remove until finished.

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    Apr 2, 2014, 05.28 AMby Deanna31

    Hi, you can get terrible interfacing that falls apart in the wash. I like to use loose weave fabric iron on interfacing. It’s long lasting and secure. Usually it gets stitched in anyway, for example; usually 6cm of interfacing is ironed on to the bottom of the sleeve. The bottom of the sleeve is then pressed up 5cm. Then the lining is stitched to the sleeve- securing the fabric and interfacing together.

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