Recently, one of my daughter's friends used her Facebook page to put out a request for sewing information. "I'm new to sewing. I'm making a dress for myself, and the pattern says to interface. Do I really need to? It seems like it a lot of trouble."
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Rather than respond, "YES! YES! YES! A THOUSAND TIMES, YES," I took a few moments to collect myself, and then more gently encouraged her to indeed, take the extra time to interface. It is a little extra effort, but the results are certainly worth it.
Those of you who already interface will not need much encouragement to continue doing so. You have experienced the crisper collars, the stable button bands, and the well-turned cuffs.
But if you have resisted interfacing, it may be for the following reasons:
1) It takes time. Yes, it does. But not that much time in comparison to the results. Your garments and projects will thank you for giving them the support they need.
2) I don't know what interfacing to use. It is overwhelming when you consider the options. Sew-in? Fusible? Knit? Woven? Lightweight? Heavyweight? And what exactly is fusible web? Your choice of interfacing will depend mainly on your fabric and what you want the interfacing to accomplish. When you're starting out, rely on a knowledgeable sales clerk and the pattern recommendations.
3) I'm not sure how to use it. The thing about sewing is that there is always something to learn–and plenty of people and places that are happy to help you. Your local shop, your friend's mom, books, YouTube, classes and workshops… the world is your educational oyster!
So, if you've not interfaced before, I hope you'll give it a try!
And my question is, if you could only interface one thing on a garment, what would it be? Tough choice, eh? Let us know!
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