Fusible Interfacings and other Fundamentals

Dear A-Team:

Draping Class: Last Monday, we draped in Knit Fabric. I was thrilled that you draped with me!!! What fun!!! On Wednesday, we started our final draping project. I gave you LOTS of ‘eye candy’ ideas…..and we tested Beta Closed Captioning…..which leaves a lot to be desired. This coming Monday, I hope you all have patterns for your knit drape and croqui pictures of your final project.

Industrial Tailoring: We had a lesson on grainlines and what to cut out of what….last Tuesday. On Thursday, we had a lesson on Fusible Interfacing that just didn’t go as planned. So, I spent the better part of the weekend figuring out what went wrong and why. The industrial steam iron just can’t do the job.

Here are the directions for fusing. Always do a test fuse first……………….. These directions are from a company called: Handler Textile Corporation.

1. Cut 6 inch by 6 inch swatches of your fashion fabric and swatches of interfacing at least 3 inches by 3 inches.

2. Place coated side of your fusible interfacing on the wrong side of your fashion fabric.

3. Cover with a light weight dry press cloth.

4. Steam press with iron set at “wool.” Use this setting as a general guideline, as iron temperatures vary greatly.

5. Press firmly for 10-12 seconds. It takes a minimum of 10 seconds to fuse interfacing to any fabric. He heavier the fabric, the more seconds it takes, so adjust your timing accordingly.

6. Do not glide iron back and forth. Use a lift and press motion.

7. Turn pieces over and repeat process on the right side of fabric to achieve a smooth, secure bond.

8. Be patient. Always allow fused pieces to cool completely before handling them.

9. If your iron is too hot, bubbling may occur; adjust iron to a lower temperature and do another test, increasing the fusing time.

10. If your fashion fabric is too light or sheer for the interfacing, the coating may show through on the right side of your fabric. In this case, we suggest selecting a lighter width interfacing.

Here are video demonstrations: (Note: All STABLIZERS are not interfacings. And all interfacings are not stabilizers. Stabilizers are used when you embroider. ) Skip the ads at the beginning of the videos.

I also took 44 pictures of how I did everything at home. Bring your USB so I can share my pictures with you. YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED A PRESS CLOTH UNDERNEATH YOUR WORK WHEN YOU FUSE FUSIBLE INTERFACINGS. This will prevent damage to the ironing board cover. This week, I will show you how to copy pattern markings to your patterns. After you fuse, you need to do this step.

I was sent the following that I thought would interest all of you from the San Diego History Center:


See you all in class this week !!!!!!

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

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