The blouse is close to finished. I have to go out and get some buttons for it. Strange – I have no buttons that go with an orange striped fabric. Go figure….
Occasionally I’ll get a question about applying fusible interfacing. One thing that drives me crazy is interfacing that has bubbled. This happens thanks to poor application methods. And it isn’t only limited to home-sewn garments. I once paid a fair amount of money for a Liz Claiborne blouse, and after about 4 wearings/washings, the interfacing bubbled like overheated pudding. I was not a happy camper, and to this day I won’t buy Claiborne because of that.
The good news is (for us sewing mavens anyway) that good, bubble-resistant application of interfacing is easy, and doesn’t take too much time. Let me show you how I do it.
Choose the Right Interfacing
There’s job one. I only use woven or tricot fusible interfacings. Never in a million years will you find me putting a non-woven interfacing in a garment (handbags are another matter – but we’re not talking about them here). I also only use interfacings that have the glue evenly dispersed on the surface. I want a nice, even glue application. I avoid the types of interfacings where you can see little dots of glue all over them.
(Shameless plug alert!) Personally, I get all my interfacings from Pam at Fashion Sewing Supply. NAYY – I just like it best of all the interfacings I have used. Palmer-Pletsch also makes good quality interfacing.
Would You Like that Gespritz?
Lay your interfacing -glue side down, of course – on the wrong side of your fabric. Using a spray mister (you can buy them at beauty supply stores, most CVS’s and garden shops) spray the interfacing until it’s good and damp, but not soaking wet.
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