Product Review: Wovenfuse2

So…

over the course of developing the Gemini FlightBag I came across a brand new product called “WovenFuse2” which promised to be the BEST cotton woven interfacing for handbags, “easily surpassing” the performance of all other cotton woven interfacings currently on the market. And since I’ve been on the hunt for the “perfect interfacing” for the type of bags that we create, I thought I’d give it a try.

But wait… Why am I looking for a new interfacing?

For most of my early designing I used a product called “Pellon 808” or “CraftFuse”, which is a non-woven interfacing (meaning that it’s “paper-based”). I liked it because it gave decent structure for my bags, but there were draw backs. 1) there was no fluidity. It had a tendency toward brittleness and would definitely hold a crease if it was folded or bent too much, and 2) it was tough at times to get it pressed in placed without bubbles or wrinkles which can be infuriating (in additon to being unattractive). 3) It’s only 20″ wide.

Eventually a fellow designer turned me on to “Bosal Fashion Fuse”, which is the equivalent of “Pellon SF101” otherwise known as “Shapeflex”. Both “Fashion Fuse” & “ShapeFlex” are woven cotton interfacings. They stabilize your fabric and give it a “bit” of structure without the stiffness or brittleness, afterall its made of cloth so it behaves like cloth. But let’s face it, I’ve never been totally satisfied with “Fashion Fuse” because even though it fuses beautifully without bubbles or dimples, it just never gives the right degree of structure that I would have preferred. As a matter of fact, I know several designers who fuse “Fashion Fuse” in place FIRST, (to avoid bubbles & dimpling), and THEN they fuse “CraftFuse” OVER the “Fashion Fuse” to get the structure they need. “Fashion Fuse” is 23″ wide.

But recently I heard about “WovenFuse2″…

which is a heavier product but still 100% cotton woven interfacing, manufactured in Australia. It boasts complete glue coverage (rather than in “dimples”), fast fusing, and due to the additional heft, it provides more structure than “Fashion Fuse” or “ShapeFlex”. Additionally, “WovenFuse2” is 45” wide so you get twice as much product per yard, so it most likely will be less expensive per yard as well. So I thought…

Why not give it a try?

And here’s what will eventually be the Bag Front of this new sample. It’s fluid, it’s not the least be stiff or brittle, but there’s substance, there’s heft, there’s body, and I’m very pleased so far!

Of course the real proof is in the final result… and this Gemini FlightBag is totally lovely! The green linen upper is smooth, wrinkle free, yet still has structure & flexibility. I LOVE the crispness of the edges too! As a matter of fact, I think I might just LOVE WovenFuse2!

So are there any drawbacks? or is “WovenFuse2” all sunshine and roses?

Well here’s the deal… the main drawback about “WovenFuse2” is that it’s hard to find right now since its manufactured in Australia. And as of this writing, I really only know of two places in the USA that sell “WovenFuse2” online. As of today…

We are now selling “WovenFuse2” HERE on OUR website in 1 yard precuts, in white. Click HERE to check it out & to pick up a package to try out for yourself!

Or… if you’d prefer to buy “WovenFuse2” in much larger quantities, Barb’s Bags (at gotinterfacing.com) sells “WovenFuse2” (and other fusibles) in 6 yard or larger bundles.

And now it’s YOUR turn…

Have you heard of “WovenFuse2” or tried using it yourself? And if so, what did you think of it? And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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6 Comments

  1. Dawn on March 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Would we be able to substitute this for the interfacing called for in the other patterns, such as my favorite Everyday Attache or the Sling Along?

    • Kat on March 8, 2021 at 8:09 am

      To be honest, I havent tried it in these patterns yet, HOWEVER, the only difference I see in sewing is that it is a tighter weave than other cotton wovens so you if you put layer upon layer of Wovenfuse in an area it MAY cause a problem in sewing. But on the other hand I used it in the credit card section of the new pattern (Gemini FlightBag) and my machine had no problem sewing thru it. I do use a quilting needle though which is best for sewing thru layers. So what does this all mean? I’d say yes, it should work just fine and deliver better results, but I would recommend using a quilting needle which is sharper and better at dealing with layers> I hope this helps. 🙂

  2. Dawn on March 8, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Thanks!

  3. Beth on March 8, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the review. I personally know how frustrating it is to iron and iron but the interfacing won’t stick. I’m eager to try the new WovenFuse2, maybe with my next project. I’m interested that you are using a quilting needle. What kind of thread (size and brand) do you use with your quilting needle?

    • Kat on March 8, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      I use So Fine #50 by Superior Threads. Love it!

      • Beth on March 8, 2021 at 7:41 pm

        Thank you! I’m going to try this!

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