after a discussion about interfacing a few of weeks ago, alert reader Barb Fairlane sent me a in a description of how she manages to keep her pattern pieces looking marvelous even after MANY uses & when I heard it all i could do was smack my forehead and say DUH! Now maybe there’s bunches of you who already do this, but just in case this is a new idea to a few of you out there, let me show you what Barb suggested to me!
Barb recommended interfacing your pattern pieces!
The easiest way to do this is to lay the brand new pattern sheet wrong-side DOWN on the fusible side of the interfacing, but that’s not always possible is it? (In my case, it’s almost impossible since my pattern pieces are in the process of being developed!)
I recently did this with the pattern pieces for a design I’ve been fiddling around with for a while and obviously they were NOT pre-organized into a pattern sheet, so here’s how I did it at left.
Once again, lay the pieces wrong-side DOWN on the fusible side of interfacing, BUT… you have to be more careful how you fuse your pieces in place in this scenario because there’s likely to be some fusible areas of your interfacing left uncovered and you sure don’t want to gum up the surface of your iron, right?
So… in this case I give each piece a quick hit with my iron (keeping my iron away from the edges of each template), with the objective being to keep them in place long enough to flip the whole area fusible-side DOWN on a towel (so you don’t gum up your regular pressing area).
Here’s all my pieces lined up on the fusible side of the interfacing on top of a towel (instead of my ironing board). All I need do now is carefully fuse the center area of each piece with my iron.
After doing that, I carefully flip this whole area face down onto the towel and give the whole unfusible side of the interfacing area a good, full pressing. (DO give your pattern pieces a quick check to make sure they’ve stayed in place and haven’t shifted out of place.)
And just so you know, the interfacing I use for this procedure is Bosal Fashion Fuse, which is a cotton woven interfacing. It’s by no means the only interfacing you could use.
I DO however recommend using a cotton woven interfacing as opposed to other “paper-type” interfacings because in so doing your pattern pieces will maintain flexibilty, fluidity and be MUCH more resistant to tearing, shredding and permanent creasing, especially after folding them up and storing them after each usage.)
Next, I trim away any free & uncovered areas of fusible interfacing so that each piece can individually be pressed (interfaced-side-UP) on an ironing board.
If you’ll notice in the picture at left BELOW, even though the towel-pressed pieces have been fused effectively, they havent been fused perfectly as they would have been on a firmer surface, like an ironing board!
(Notice the little rumples in the interfacing in the photo below at left?)
On the other hand though, in the photo at right (above), see how smooth & un-rumpled the interfaced area is after I press this piece one more time (face DOWN) on my ironing board? Once I give ALL my pieces this individual treatment, they will be fortified to last for many, MANY projects! I suggest you try it!
And now, it’s YOUR turn!
Have you ever tried applied interfacing to YOUR pattern pieces? If so, what kind of interfacing did you use and were you happy with the outcome & longevity for having done this? I’d also love to know if you have other suggestions you’d like to share with our group! The truth is… I love learning new thing from YOU!
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