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Just about every garment you make will require interfacing or stabilizer to achieve the designer’s desired look. Since there are many brands of interfacing, the charts are broken down by garment type to help you pinpoint the correct type of interfacing for your garment. Be sure to check the care compatibility with your fashion fabric. Before using your interfacing, test it with your garment fabric.

Tailored Jackets and Coats

interfacing type

weight/hand/colors

method of insertion

use

Canvas (Woven)

Medium to heavy, flexible, Natural

Sew-in, pad stitching

Medium to heavy weight suit and coat fabrics

Muslin (Woven)

Light, medium and heavy weight, flexible, Natural

Sew-in, pad stitching

Light, medium and heavy weight suit and coat fabrics

Felt (Non woven)

Medium to heavy weight, Flexible, Black, brown

Sew-in for under collar with pad stitching

Medium to heavy weight suit and coat fabrics

Hymo Cloth (Woven)

Medium to heavy, Firm, Natural

Sew-in, pad stitching

Suit and overcoat weight fabrics

100% Cotton/Cotton blends (Woven)

Open to tight weave, Soft to medium, Black or white

Sew-in, pad stitching, can be easily cut on bias

Summer suit and overcoat weight fabrics

100% Polyester (Non woven)

Medium to heavy weight, soft to crisp, White

Sew-in, can be pad stitched and molded

Suit and overcoat weight fabrics

100% Polyester (Non woven)

Medium to heavy weight, soft to crisp, White

Fusible, can be pad stitched

Suit and overcoat weight fabrics

100% Cotton/ cotton blends (Woven)

Open to tight weave, Firm, Black or white

Fusible, can be pad stitched and easily cut on bias

Suit and overcoat weight fabrics

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Dresses, Shirts, Blouses and Tops

interfacing type

weight/hand/colors

method of insertion

use

100% Cotton/ Cotton blends (Woven)

Medium weight, Soft to medium, Black or white

Sew-in, can be easily cut on bias

Medium Dress weight fabrics

100% Polyester (Non woven)

Light to medium weight, soft to firm, White

Sew-in

Medium and light weight woven and stable knit fabrics

100% Cotton/ Cotton blends (Woven)

Open to tight weave, Firm, Black or white

Fusible, can be easily cut on bias

Medium and light weight fabrics

Weft (Woven)

Light to medium weight, Firm, Black, white

Fusible, stable in width

Medium to heavy weight dress fabrics, summer weight suiting

Tricot knit (Knit)

Ultra light to light weight, soft, white, black

Fusible

Soft knits, light weight and sheer woven fabrics

100% Polyester (Non woven)

Light to medium weight, soft to firm, White

Fusible

Medium and light weight woven and stable knit fabrics

Here are some other products that you will find useful in your sewing projects.

Fusing agents and stabilizers

Item type

Weight

Color

Use

Fusible Web sheet

Light

Clear

Fuses fabric pieces together

Fusible Web Strips

Light

Clear

Fuses hems and other seams together

Fusible Thread

Light

Clear

Fuses light weight hems, seams, etc.

Stabilizer, Tear Away

Light to heavy

White

Temporary backing for applying embroidery, appliqués or sewing light weight fabric seams

Stabilizer, Water soluble

Light to heavy

White

Temporary backing as above, dissolves in water.

Stabilizer, permanent

Ultra heavy to light weight, sew in

White

Permanent stability for a project

Stabilizer, permanent

Heavy weight, one side fusible

White

Permanent stability for boxes, bowls, hat bills, brims

Stabilizer, permanent

Heavy weight, both sides fusible

White

Permanent stability for boxes, bowls, hat bills, brims

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