I meant to have photos for this post…. but lost momentum after inhaling the fumes on top of my soapbox.
I’ve noted in the past that I no longer use ‘cheap’ interfacing. I’ve been asked how to tell the difference between the two. I haven’t answered before as I wasn’t sure how to answer that question. And, I feel like there is too much snobbery on the interwebs about what fabric, notions, machines and interfacing people use. Snobbery in that I honestly believe sew with the best you can afford. Sewing is about decisions and it’s up to you to decide what you want to use. You cannot talk me into extrememly expensive fabric. I have too much material sitting in boxes to pay loads of money for a yardage. And, what I consider expensive is entirely different than what someone else thinks is expensive. And people shouldn’t feel bad about shopping at Joanns or any other store. I don’t like it, but I have means (well, not so much means but responsible just to me) and options. So buy what you like / want / can afford.
Recently, there is a thread on PR about interfacing. I and several others noted the brands we liked. A comment was made that one could go broke sewing with our expensive interfacing.
Here’s the thing. I’ve had garments ruined from bad interfacing. The collars of shirts and waistbands of pants bubble after washing. The fuse never adheres correctly. The glue of the interfacing has turned my white garment yellow. The interfacing separates from my garment after a few washes. You name it, it’s happened. But interfacing is no longer a problem for me as I’ve started buying a higher quality interfacing.
So, how do you tell if your interacing is cheap? My ways are this:
- Does the glue flake off ? I purchased a sample last week for $2 a yard. The glue flaked off on the roll. And, when shaken, glue flakes off.
- The glue is applied in dots. Good intefacing, IMHO, is almost sprayed on.
- After pre-treating, is there glue left on the intefacing? This one, what was left of the glue came off and continued to flake. Like dandruff.
Also, I read this by LindsayT:
Pellon interfacing is the worst stuff you can use. I had a couple of instructors go on and on about how awful it is. One told a story about meeting the CEO of a major men’s pants manufacturer; this particular brand has a lower price point. She asked him what interfacing he used and was surprised when he said Pellon. Turns out Pellon was a strategic choice for this company because, according to the executive, it only lasts for 60 washings and then their customers have to buy new pants.
she gives some great alternatives.
So, yes. I spend $4 to $6 a yard on interfacing. But, I see a remarkable difference in my sewing. I’m not saying you have to spend that. At the end of the day, I’ve added less than $5 to the cost of an average garment and gained many more years of wear.
I do have two preferred brands that I order 10 yards of at a time when I buy. But, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned them here. They are Fashion Sewing Supply and Perfect Fuse Interfacing by Palmer and Pletsch.
What about you guys? How do you tell the quality of your interfacing?