Interfacings and Stabilizers FAQ

Author: Carrie Newman   Date Posted:13 January 2017 

Everything Fabric – Interfacings & Stabilisers 

 

 

Product

Brand & Product Code

How do you use

Application

Fusible Lightweight Interfacing

Bosal

Code:  148764

Iron on

Dressmaking, bags and projects with lightweight fabric that needs just a little weight to it.

Non Woven Medium weight Fusible Interfacing

Heat n Bond

Code:  Q2416

Iron on

Good for 100% cotton fabric. Bags, dressmaking etc.

Non Woven Extra Firm Fusible

Heat n Bond

Code: Q2434

 

Iron on

Used for Bags, Craft projects, dressmaking when a good stiffness is required.

Shape Flex Fusible Stabiliser

Pellon

Code: VLSF101

 

Iron on

For dressmaking, hand embroidery, bags & more. Very soft and very lightweight

Flex Foam Stabiliser

20” wide

Pellon

Code:  FF77

Sewn in

It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look.

Flex Foam Stabiliser 1 side fusible 20” wide

Pellon

Code:  FF78F1

Iron on

It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look.

Flex Foam Stabiliser 2 side Fusible 20” wide

Pellon

Code: FF79F2

Iron on

It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look.

Flex Foam Stabiliser 60” wide 1 side fusible

Pellon

Code:  PELFF78F1R

Iron on

It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look.

Tim Tex Interfacing

Tim Tex

Code:  TTI18

Sewn in

For projects requiring a strong thickness and not necessarily washed a lot. But can be washed.

Vilene Interfacing Fusible 1 side Extra Heavy 100 cm wide

Vilene

Code:  vilintxh

Iron on

To add structure and stiffness to bags, purses, straps and various dressmaking applications.

Fusible Fleece Light weight 90 cm wide

Vilene

Code:  VLH630.WFRH

Iron on

For quilting, clothing, bagmaking or other craft projects. It is best used with lightweight to medium-weight fabrics.

Tearaway 30cm wide

Vilene

Code VL3050EW30

Sewn in

Ideal for machine embroidery and is used to stabilize stretch fabrics such as knits but is also wonderful for wovens too. Tear away removes easily after embroidery. 

 

 

Is the fabric you are using Non Woven or Woven?

A woven fabric is constructed of thread interlaced in an “over/under” pattern. A non-woven fabric is any other method of constructing the fabric, which includes felting, knitting, crochet, etc. However, not all apparel and upholstery fabrics are woven. Most t-shirts are knitted, for example, while denim is woven. Weaving involves at least 2 sets of threads - one set is long-ways on the loom (warp) and one set runs over and under the warp to make the fabric (that’s the weft). Weaving also requires a structure of some sort to hold tension on the warp - that’s the loom. Knitting and crocheting are made from one long thread looped around itself, using a hook (crochet) or 2 needles (knitting). Knitting machines perform the same action as a hand knitter but using a series of needles. Hand crochet does not have a machine equivalent.

Most woven fabrics have limited amounts of stretch unless you are pulling them diagonally (“on the bias”), whereas knitted and crocheted fabrics can have tremendous amounts of stretch. Felt is the most common fabric that we refer to as “non-woven”. Felting involves agitating the fibers in a solution until they start to tangle and interlock to form a dense, non-stretchy fabric. Wool felts easily because the fibers have small scales on the surface that interlock tightly together when agitated in warm soapy water, which is why your sweater shrinks and gets denser when you wash it in a washing machine. Other fibers can also be treated this way, including synthetic fibers, which can be used to make non-woven interfacing, Tyvek for mailing envelopes, and other non-stretchy fabrics. What kind of fabric is appropriate depends on the application - considering things like stretch, density, durability, etc. Think of the seasons or are taking a walk or riding a horse.

Nonwoven fabrics are mostly used for interlining or to make hats or other handicrafts. Like Leather, felt, interfacings, cork to name a few. Our cottons we use for patchwork/quilting are Woven! As you have read our Interfacings are Non- Woven. What this means is that when you apply an interfacing to your cotton fabric you are giving it stability so that it will hold its shape in the bag or wallet or whatever project you are working on!!

PELLON FLEX FOAM

Pellon® Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabiliser consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilisers. Especially when making bags, I’ve heard of people using 2-4 different types of interfacings and stabilisers. To the get the thickness, the loft, the right stiffness…it’s just amazing! Don’t be afraid to use your fabrics with different combinations of interfacings, stabilisers and batting to see what kind of texture and weight you get for what you need. Make up square samples of combinations to see how they “behave”.


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17 May 2017
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