How is interfacing used in clothing

Update:08 Jun 2021

Interfacing is used to help stiffen fabrics or garments […]

Interfacing is used to help stiffen fabrics or garments Shirt Interlining accessories, to make them easy to work with during the production. Fabrics are fused together with fusible interfacing under the presser foot of a sewing machine or iron. Compared to non-fused fabric, fused fabrics are weak flexible. And Fused Fabrics also doesn’t allow the stitches to pull through the fabric, especially in pockets areas. Interfacing can strength the areas of fabrics, make fabric stronger and easy to be working with.During applying interfacing, there is no need to sew the interfacing to hems, we can use the iron or other machines to press it into place.


Interfacing will help your clothes or crafts have shape and stand up. Generally we use the interfacing based on fabrics like cotton rather than heavy fabrics like canvas or heavier materials.Interfacing is usually cut the same as the pattern piece you are adhering it to. If you are using a store-bought pattern, the pattern instructions will tell you all about what type of interfacing to use and how to use it. But if you are making clothes and accessories from self drafted sewing patterns you need guidance.This interfacing is heat bonded to the fabric by pressing with a hot iron.


This interfacing has small dots of glue on one side of the fabric which is melted when heat is applied to the back and the glue bonds the interfacing to the fabric. This is the most preferred interfacing when you want to make a fabric stiffer.The fusible interfacing can be woven, non-woven or knit. A knit interfacing is mostly fusible and they have a good stretch making it suitable for a variety of purposes. They are supple as well.The nonwoven fusible interfacing looks like paper. You should follow the grain in this type otherwise you will get wrinkles on the fabric it is attached to.The woven fusible interfacing can be applied in either direction and feel supple like fabric.As the name suggests this interfacing is sewn to the fabric.


This is usually applied when interfacing should not at all alter the drape or feel of the main outer fabric of the garment; when the garment fabric needs strength and support and you know that fusible interfacing will make the fabric look wrinkly. Sew in is kept under the main fabric and treated as one.This type of interfacing is preferred when making garments with very expensive and delicate fabrics like silk, wool etc. Also beaded and sequined fabric cannot be fused with interfacing so a sew-in interfacing is the only way.