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I’ve recently been hearing a lot about the importance of ‘good’ interfacing, which is obviously dependent on the fabric and project, but I don’t really know what I should be looking for.

In the past for a typical summer cotton skirt I’ve used vilene or an unbranded version which tended to bubble, I haven’t been sewing very long but how do interfacings like these hold up in the wash? Should I go for woven/unwoven? Are there specific brands that are better than others?

Thanks for your help


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    Aug 12, 2010, 06.35 AMby katexxxxxx

    For most light weight woven fabrics that need a fusible interfacing, I look for a woven cotton fusible. I tend to avoid non-woven interfacings for most garment purposes, but if I have to use one, sew-in is much better.

    Long term or frequent washings at higher temperatures will eventually cause all fused interfacings to fail.

    I find the stiffer (pelmet stiff!) non-woven sew-in interfacings make great hat bases…

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    Aug 13, 2010, 11.02 AMby lizzie-s

    Thanks for the advice. After checking at home it looks like i’ve been using non-woven and haven’t been very impressed with it, I tend to get a cardboardy feel even using lightweight interfacing. Am off to roam the internet for interfacing supplies …

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