Interfacing is a sewing notion that is used to stiffen fabric or help a part of a garment hold it's shape. A shirt collar and cuffs are one of the most common ways to understand what interfacing does. It is also used in a facing to help a garment edge hold it's shape but not stiffen the viewable area of the garment. Interfacing comes in a variety of forms and weights.
Woven and Non-woven InterfacingWoven interfacing is woven the same way fabric is woven. You will see threads running horizontally and vertically. The choice is yours unless the pattern specifies a certain type of interfacing for you to use. Test the fabric and the interfacing together by laying them over your hand together to see how much stiffness the combination will create.
- Before You Choose Interfacing for Your Sewing Needs - A Guide to Choosing the Correct Interfacing for the Job at Hand
- Add Stiffness and Shape to Clothing and Costumes - A Guide to Understanding the Basic Options to Shaping Fabric
- Interfacing - Sewing Definition for Interfacing
Fusible and Sew In interfacingFusible interfacing will have a glazed look or a spotted look on one side of the interfacing. The side with the spots or glazed look is the fusible side that when used with the heat of an iron, the interfacing will permanently adhere to fabric. There are a few things you should know when using fusibles.
- No Sew Sewing - A Guide to Using Fusibles for Sewing - A Guide to the Types of Fusibles Available
- What is Fusible Web - A Quick Guide to Explain What Fusible Web is
- Mending a Fabric Tear with Fusible web - A Guide to "Mend" Impossible Tears in Fabric
- How to Applique with Fusible - A Guide to Applique with Fusible Web
BoningBoning is a sewing notion that comes in different forms. One of the easiest ways to use boning to create a shapely seam is to encase the boning in a seam allowance.
- Boning to Add Stiffness and Shape to Clothing and Costumes -- See Boning and Learn More about How to Use Boning
- Hated Packaging Stiffens Costume Parts - An Alternative to Boning for a Virtually Invisible Way to Stiffen Costume Parts