This is a follow up to last week’s post, “My Favorite Stabilizers for Bags“! There’s more than one way to fuse interfacing to the back of your fabrics. Over the years I’ve found myself using this technique and I feel like it saves time. While I love to sew, I don’t enjoy the cutting out process, especially when it comes to interfacing. Here’s what I do:
After I cut all of my main fabric pieces, I lay out my interfacing with the fusible side facing up, onto my ironing board. If my fabric piece has a straight edge, I align it with the edge of the interfacing. Since I use a woven interfacing (Like Pellon SF 101) I make sure to keep the grain lines straight.
Next I iron the fabric to begin the fusing process, taking care to keep the entire iron on the fabric and not touch the interfacing with the iron.
If I’ve got a straight edge with no interfacing peeking out, I can iron right off the edge while fusing. Once it’s mostly fused, I can cut way the excess interfacing with shears. I often do this right at the ironing board.
After cutting, I turn it over and continue fusing the piece on the interfacing (the non-fusing side). I’m using cotton interfacing so I can iron directly on top. If you are using a synthetic you should cover it first with a press cloth. I press around all of the edges to be sure there’s a good bond.
While technically this trick doesn’t save the step of cutting out the interfacing, I like it better than cutting out the interfacing separately, then aligning and fusing it to the fabric. I feel like it’s more precise and gets the interfacing right up to the edge.
Some sewers prefer to fuse interfacing to their yardage first and then cut their fabric pieces pre-fused, which is also an option but often makes more waste. I like to use that technique if I have several tiny pieces to cut out, like facings, pocket flaps, etc.
Whichever way you use, do what’s easiest for you that gives you the result you’re happy with. There’s more than one way to do almost anything. Do you have an interfacing tip to share?