A Short Guide to Interfacings

Interfacings are used to give stability, for strength and to give support to your fabric in sewing and crafts.  There are several types of interfacing available, they come in fusible and non-fusible forms, and can be found in packages and on the bolt.


Here is an overview of some of the varieties available:

  • Sheer non-woven – This is a lightweight interfacing and is used for lightweight and sheer fabrics.
  • Woven – This interfacing has a lengthwise and crosswise grain.  It is usually cut on the same grain that the fabric is, although it can be cut on the bias for a different effect. 
  • Non-woven – The interfacing can be cut without any concern for grain, which makes it easy to use all of it efficiently.  Available in several weights. 
  • Stretch non-woven –  mostly used for knit fabrics.
  • Tricot knit – this is used to add body and wrinkle resistance.  This interfacing can be used on woven fabric as well as knits. 
  • Hair canvas –  a woven fusible used on medium weight fabrics.  This is the interfacing used predominantly in tailoring.
  • Pre-cut non-woven – as the name says, this interfacing is pre-cut for specific purposes.  Usually available for waistbands, shirt cuffs & placket openings.  Look for it on the notions wall. There are other options available, mostly used in crafts.  Fusible batting will give some bulk or loft to your project, and double-sided fusible bonding is used for applique work or to bond two pieces of fabric together.

There are a lot of options out there.  Make sure that you read the package or the bolt end for content and recommended care and use.


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