A to Z of Machine Embroidery and Quilting
In a nutshell,
interfacing is used to support the fabric.
These are the times when I like to use interfacing:
- If I’m using white (or any other super light color) for the background fabric, I usually apply interfacing to the back of the background fabric to prevent show through. The reason I like Pellon Shape-Flex is because it’s a lightweight, 100% cotton woven fusible interfacing – it doesn’t add a significant amount of weight to the fabric even though it does make a significant difference.
- If I’m using white (or any other super light color) for the appliqué shapes, I always apply interfacing to the back of the appliqué fabric to prevent show through of the background fabric. For some reason, yellow fabric is especially likely to start looking “muddy” on darker background colors. Interfacing on the appliqué shapes will eliminate the muddiness, keeping the color clean and fresh.
- If there are a lot of bias edges in my project, interfacing can minimize (or maybe eliminate completely) stretching, especially when piecing.
- For fabric which have an uneven weave, such as jacquards, interfacing can eliminate a lot of heartache. The Heather Feather quilt uses a gorgeous fabric – Robert Kaufman’s Marbleous Jacquard. I was pretty new to quilt making at the time, and didn’t know a thing about interfacing. The finished quilt top looked great – until I had it laid out on the batting and backing. The borders, which looked perfectly straight when I cut them and stitched them onto the body of the quilt, turned out to be VERY wibbly. There was no way that the quilt was going to lay flat. Interfacing (and my friends Judy and Judy) to the rescue. The original borders came off and new borders – all interfaced – went on. The quilt now lay perfectly flat. This was a pretty expensive mistake – 5 yards of fabric needed to be replaced – so now that I’ve made it, hopefully you won’t have to!
- If I’m using silk in a quilt, I interface the silk before doing anything else. Silk can be slippery as a fish. The interfacing makes it much easier to handle, and will also significantly reduce the amount of fraying.
One last thing about interfacing… if you need to use interfacing on your appliqué fabric, apply the interfacing FIRST. You will still need to apply fusible webbing on top of the interfacing, BEFORE cutting your appliqué shapes.
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The 6″ circles in the Infinity Collection can be used to create a beautiful 36″ x 36″ wall hanging – perfect for a contemporary home.
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I love the detail in the stitching in the Infinity Collection circles. The circle below is 3″ diameter.