How to sew with fusible interface

Update:01 Apr 2021

The cape I sewed requires an interface apparel fusible […]

The cape I sewed requires an interface apparel fusible interlining fabric under the neck and collar. The fusible interface has two different surfaces, a smooth surface and a rough grained surface.Love the look of the this pleated makeup bag. I find projects like this to be instance gratification, you spend a few minutes are your sewing machine and suddenly you have created something beautiful.You can use really an medium weight fabric such canvas, linen, satin even. The fusible interfacing adds a professional feel to the whole bag. It's really one of my favourite projects to make and it's so perfect for Mother's Day. It is currently for sale on my Craftsy Pattern Store. Out of your fabric cut out all pieces.


You should have two outer pieces  interfacing pieces and two lining pieces. Fusible interfacing is the easiest to use because it has an adhesive on one side which bonds permanently with the fabric when pressed with an iron. Most sewing patterns will have instructions as to which pieces need interfacing.Stabilises flimsy fabrics to allow you to make a shaped collar or cuff.Used in applique projects, interfacing allows you to draw and cut your design out easily and gives the design a rigidity which works perfectly with satin stitching.Because fabrics like lace, tulle and other mesh-based material have little or no “substance” for the glue to adhere to, fusible interfacing can be difficult to use.Woven interfacing has a lengthwise and crosswise grain. In other words match the grain of the interfacing, with the grain of the piece of the garment to be interfaced.


Use non-woven interfacing for most tasks unless you are sewing with a jersey of stretch fabric when for instance a knit interfacing is appropriate. However, only consider woven interfacing for particularly fine materials such as sheers and silks. This will enable the two layers of fabric work together with no distortion.Made by knitting the fibres together, it has an amount of stretch in it. Use with jerseys and other stretch fabrics as it will stretch with the garment. However, add a woven interfacing to a knit fabric, and the fabric’s stretch properties are reduced. In conclusion, only use a stretch interfacing on stretch fabric.Make sure to transfer all notches. Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric. The rough side refers to the side with glue, which means that the wrong side of the fabric should be faced during fusion. The first step is to trim the interface to the seam allowance.


The pattern I used requires a 5/8 seam allowance, but because it may shrink during steaming, I only trimmed the gap at the interface by 3/8 inch. After trimming, fix the interface on the underside of the collar, and then use an iron to gently press the edge. When pressing, make sure to put the iron down and lift it directly-don't slide it. After pressing the edges, remove the pins. Then, I grabbed a pressing cloth and wet it. Since the press cloth is only a light weight 100% cotton cloth, I used the cotton pillowcase we lay nearby. Place the press cloth on the top of the collar, then place the iron firmly on the collar for 15 seconds (or until the press cloth dries), then lift it up and repeat until the entire collar is compressed.