It varies with the fabric and project. Sometimes a perfect fusible is
the way to go and sometimes a sew-in is the only option. Even with
tailored projects it varies: For a good wool I'd hand tailor. Poly and
poly blend suiting usually responds better to fusibles and speed
tailoring. For light weight silk I often interface or interline with
Normally, I use the Pellon brand of which ever type I need since most of the
time it is usually easy to find in stores like Jo-Ann's, Hancock's. I buy
the one that, INMO, will be best for the fabric & pattern.
My first choice for most things is light-weight knit
fusible. For sew-in, I use hair canvas, woven interfacing,
silk organza, or non-woven depending on how much body I
need/want, etc. and match the weight of the interfacing to
the project. I also have a small supply of *very*
light-weight non-woven fusible, but rarely use it. It is
mostly "tape" for repairing/altering patterns.
I buy black and white knit fusibles at TSWLTH on a 50%
coupon, and I buy full bolts or 10 yards, whichever they
have. I always ask them to roll it back onto the board,
that way it's easier to store.
Beverly, who spent the afternoon cursing my printer, then
discovered the problem wasn't my printer but the *brand new*
ink cartridges I bought! :-(