stabilizer vs. interfacing

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Is there a difference?  If a pattern calls for a "sew in interfacing" is
that the same thing as, say, a Pellon 40 stabilizer?  Would you use a
fusible interfacing if a pattern called for a "sew in"?  I'm looking at an
Amy Butler pattern for make up bags, and travel kits.  I really don't like
the look of the fusibles when they wrinkle and crease....as I know that type
of bag will get beat up.  Suggestions?

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There are some differences, sort of.  Interfacing can be used as a
"leave in" stabilizer, not all stabilizers will work as interfacing. <G>
Some stabilizers are meant to be (mostly) removed and some are leave in,
some disintegrate when washed. (And some dissolve completely in water,
and will rinse out more or less completely depending on how much you
used and how much you rinse. <G>)
Interfacing comes in different weights as well as types. For good body,
without really changing the hand of the fabric I love the fusible knit
interfacing. But understand that this is a "cool fuse" and designed to
sort of loosen when laundered. So it doesn't necessarily stay fused hard
to the fabric.
Any fusible can be lightly "basted" in place and will loosen with use. <G>
For simplicity of use, I like some fusibles. Some I stay far away from
after bad experiences. <G> Same with sew in interfacing. There are good
ones, and not so good ones. <G>  Experiment with different ones on
swatches of fabric to see what the effect is and how you like it. Don't
forget some of the "fusible fleece" products too. Some are very "flat"
and don't have much, if any loft, just a softer end look. Some are
fairly lofty, more like Thermore batting. (These also come in sew in type)

Good luck,
Pati, in Phx

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Thanks Pati! (I was hoping you would be one of the responders!)  I knew
there are stabilizers that are designed to tear out, cut out, wash away and
iron away.  I was confused as to whether the term "interfacing" in a pattern
would be the same as "stabilizer" on a bolt.  For instance, the pattern
calls for Pellon 40 "interfacing"....but Pellon calls its 40 a "stabilizer".
I assume in this case they are the same product......and not what I bought
today...of course.  I think I have some of the thin fusible fleece and will
try it on these bags.  Can you share which fusibles and sew ins you stay
away from?

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Thanks. <G>
I prefer the HTC brand of fusibles in many cases. Do not like any
fusible that has "dots" of adhesive. Had a bad experience with a shirt I
made DH at one point. The "dots" bled through and collected "grime" on
each one in the first wash. I ended up having to remove and "turn" the
collar in order for the shirt to be wearable. Cuffs just got rolled up.
sigh.
I will try to remember to look at the Pellon 40 when I get a chance. <G>
The Pellon fusible fleece is pretty good, with a "web" of adhesive
instead of "dots". It works really well in bags.

Pati, in Phx

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No dots......that's a good thing to remember when shopping.  I've had dots
show through in applique projects...grrrrr.   NO DOTS!

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...and some of the fusibles like moist heat and some dry.  Following
the instructions helps with success but not always.  I remember years
ago having trouble with the 'dots' but not the grime part, just the
showing through.
Taria

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Mmmm, yeah, Kathyl.  Some thoughts.  Last Christmas, a friend was here
making bags / totes for gifts.  Her pattern called for fusible and there was
some problem in construction since she was using a 'sew in'.  Don't remember
what the problem was but we simply whipped out the good old school glue
stick, temporarily 'fused' the part and proceeded on.  Once the bags were
stitched, whether the interfacing was fusible or not was no longer important
to construction.
    We did make *sure* that the interfacing was cut larger so that it would
be caught in the seam stitching instead of being fused outside the seam
lines.  (Did you follow that?)
     It certainly could make a difference in appearance when they wrinkled
and creased.  We agree with you. Polly

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Yup, I followed it!  :-)  I think I'll stay away from a stiff fusible as I
think that would get all wrinked.  But I think you are saying it could be
used as a sew in instead. (Make sure to catch it all in the seams.)  That
might be worth a try.  But since I have some of the very thin fusible
fleece, I think I"ll use that...it doesn't get as wrinkly.

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