Interlining…

They do a great job
They do a great job

If you’re serious about your sewing then you’re probably serious about your interlining.  It is after all what makes a sewing project look and feel well made.  It doesn’t have to be a store bought interlining other fabrics can do the job just as well… something like a calico perhaps.

However, if you’re sewing from a proprietary sewing pattern it’s likely that it specifies a Vilene if you’re in Europe or parts of Australia or Pellon if you’re not.  Those by the way are both manufacturers trade name and not products as such.  Those names stand behind huge ranges of interlinings, waddings and embroidery stabilisers.  So, what do you do if you’ve bought a pattern specifying a Pellon brand and you can’t get it unless you wait three weeks, spend a small fortune and keep your fingers crossed that the Customs man doesn’t take a shine to it.  Well, you can try a Vilene interlining in its stead.  This is where this little PDF comes in.

Its a free download on the shop that shares what I’ve found out about interlinings and their equivalents over the last few years and I hope you find it useful.

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Whole Rolls of Interlining – H640 and wonderful woven G700-10

If you’re a seasoned crafter or are making to sell then sometimes is makes more sense financially and in terms of making the most of your craft investment to buy a whole roll of interlining.  So, today I’ve added whole rolls of H640 fusible fleece and the wonderful white G700-10 woven interlining.

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I know I’ve said it before but I hardly make anything these days without the inclusion of the G700-10.  It’s wonderful.  I quite often use it behind my embroidery as a stabiliser and it works really well.

But I digress… back to the whole rolls thing which is really the news I was trying to share.

Buying a whole roll might be a better option if you’re a using large amounts of the stuff … it’s easier to handle for example as it comes on a roll and you can make the most careful use of it.  Therefore I’ve added the option to buy a whole roll of this and of the H640 medium loft fleece to the shop. I’m sorry that this is only available to UK customers.

To purchase these items you just add them to your basket and check out.  The shipping costs are included in the cost of the interlining so the price you see if the price you will pay.  The interlining will be shipped by Royal Mail Parcel force as that’s just about all I have available to me here if I don’t want to start traversing the country, for one thing I don’t have the hours in the day.

From ordering to dispatch I’m estimating will take upto 3 days … but it may well be quicker than that.

I’d love to know what  you think?

Why I use Vilene G700 woven craft interlining and why you should too….

I really love Vilene’s G700 interlining.  I use it in almost everything I sew these days.  Sometimes I combine it with fusible fleece to provide an extra plushnes but not always.

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It comes in both white and black

colourways and is 90cm wide.  It is described as giving a medium amount of support (by Vilene.).  And it’s a medium amount of support which still leaves your fabric nice and soft and drapey.  It feels nice and soft… on one side anyway the adhesive side is a bit more granular feeling.

It may be useful to know that this is Vilene’s equivalent to Pellon Shape-flex fusible woven SF-101.

It’s a woven interlining which means that it has a straight of grain in the same way that fabric has.  This means two things; one that if you match the straight of grain of the interlining with that of the fabric that you apply it to, it results in a soft, but supported drape.  Secondly, if you place the straight of grain of the interlining across the straight of grain of the fabric you can limit the amount of movement in the fabric…. should you wish to.  I can’t think of a reason why you’d want to do that other than on fabrics where rough handling can stretch it out of shape.  If you know any other reasons that you’d want to do this then please share.

As this interlining is fusible on one side you can iron it onto your fabric and it will stay put.  Just follow the instructions and you shouldn’t get into any trouble.  One thing you should be wary off though is ensuring that there are no ‘lint’ or thread bits trapped between the interlining and the fabric or the outcome will be potentially ‘sad’.  It will be there forever a little lumpy bit of imperfection that you either have to learn to live or try and do something about it. It is possible to try to carefully peel the interlining off of the fabric (and if it’s really had time to ‘set’ it may not cooperate) and retrieve it … sometimes it will fuse back down successfully and sometimes it won’t.

A really neat trick I picked up somewhere a while ago is to iron the fabric onto the fusible interlining before cutting out the pattern pieces.  This way you get really neat edges so that the interlining isn’t in danger of disguising your sewing edge leading to inaccurate matching and sewing of seams (shock, horror).  On some projects however, such as sewing small pouches or bags I  don’t want even this lovely interlining left in the seams as it can prevent them laying as ‘flat’ as I’d like them to.  So then I  take a different approach and cut the interlining separately and without the required seam allowance when cutting out the fabric.  For example; if the seam allowance for the fabric pieces are 1/4 inch then I’d cut the interlining with an approximate 1/8th of an inch seam allowance.  That way it is still sewn into the seams but isn’t trying to push the fabric in ways I just don’t want.

The vital statistics of G700 are as follows;

  • It is suitable for light to medium weight fabrics
  • Washable in temperatures up to 60 °C
  • It retains its shape

How to apply the interlining

  • It’s simple to fuse the interlining to fabric with a steam iron (or lightly mist with water if you don’t have a steam iron.)
  • Iron setting: Cotton
  • Place the interfacing with the coated side against the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Glide the steam iron slowly over each area 6 or so times or cover with a damp cloth and press each area for about 12 seconds, without moving the iron (Protect the iron from contact with the ‘adhesive’ – use a pressing cloth or baking parchment.)
  • Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 30 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly.

I used this interlining in this metal frame purse… just saying…  I really do use it 🙂

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