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« on: May 16, 2005 02:58:22 PM »

I decided to give interfacing a try. I cut it to shape [tote bag], ironed it on and started sewing, but the interfacing constantly got stuck on my machine and made my needle all gooey. in order to finish the bag I had to spray WD-40[?!?!?!] so the interfacing could glide in the machine. I bought a roll of Heatbond iron on interfacing. What am I doing wrong??

Help greatly appreciated,
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2005 03:20:12 PM »

Same thing happened to me with the adhesive hook and loop tape. I don't trust the glue to hold to repeated washings, so i'm not sure if it could be that the iron on/sticky stuff is not supposed to be sewed on...  I usually use the non sticky type interfacing, and just sew it on.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2005 10:49:15 PM »

Hi,
I think I know what might be wrong.
You said you bought a roll of heat bond interface.
You might want to check you wrapper to make sure you have interfacing, I believe what you might have is a thermo-web iron on adhesive and when you sew it, yes, it will gum up the needle. This is usually used when making applique projects to make them stick while u sew them.
If this is not case,
you might still try purchasing iron on interefacing from a bolt at the fabric store, you can choose how stiff you want your project to be, and is not very expensive.

How to apply Interfacing:
I lay the fabric on the ironing board with the interfacing on top, be sure the lil glue dots are facing the fabric.
I lightly spray the project with water to dampen the entire area that is to be interfaced.
Lay a damp cloth,(a pillow case works well too) over it and press with you iron on a heat setting that the fabric can stand without burning.
Be sure to work a section at a time by lifting the iron straight up and moving it over, and not sliding it over.
let it finnish air drying if needed.

Tip: touch the tip of the iron lightly over a couple of spots directly on the interface to hold it in place before you begin the above process.

This has always given me great results everytime.

Let me know if this helps...
Good Luck!
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2005 10:53:07 PM »

Hi,
This is a reply for the sticky loop and hoop tape.
usually there is a narrow edge on the sides of the tape...where there is no loops or hoops attached to it...
if you sew just along these two edges you will miss most of the glue.
 
Hope this helps

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2005 04:17:49 PM »

ha ha oh my god SEWSIMPLE thank you so much I dug up the wrapper and yes it says thermo web. I guess I might have to ask around my local shop for interfacing. I wonder how it's called in spanish??  thanks lots.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2005 09:40:21 PM »

Hi Joanna,
Glad I could be of help, funny I happen to be spanish but I did not know the word for interfacing... but I went to a site that translates words from english to spanish... I you would like the link here it is

http://www.diccionarios.com/index.phtml?redirect=true

oh, and here is your word for interfacing in spanish "entretela"
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2005 07:29:55 AM »


How to apply Interfacing:
I lay the fabric on the ironing board with the interfacing on top, be sure the lil glue dots are facing the fabric.
I lightly spray the project with water to dampen the entire area that is to be interfaced.
Lay a damp cloth,(a pillow case works well too) over it and press with you iron on a heat setting that the fabric can stand without burning.
Be sure to work a section at a time by lifting the iron straight up and moving it over, and not sliding it over.
let it finnish air drying if needed.

Tip: touch the tip of the iron lightly over a couple of spots directly on the interface to hold it in place before you begin the above process.

This has always given me great results everytime.

Let me know if this helps...
Good Luck!

I have been running into the interfacing just not sticking well.  I am using Pellon heavy weight on a fairly mid (maybe light) weight cotton, as I want a nice stiff initial feel.  Too, the bags I am making are washed several times a week and I know the fusing will eventually give a little.  My iron is a Rowenta and gets pretty darn hot!  But the interfacing still doesn't stick completely.  I loved the simplicty of your method.  But, when I tried it,  the peeling away was actually worse.  I am wondering if it is the steam from the spray, could I have dampened it too much?  Love the pillow case idea! 

I gotta figure out how to get this stuff to stick!
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2005 01:09:44 PM »

ha ha oh my god SEWSIMPLE thank you so much I dug up the wrapper and yes it says thermo web. I guess I might have to ask around my local shop for interfacing. I wonder how it's called in spanish??  thanks lots.
joanna

Here I go to the store and ask for "peln" Tongue  And then specify if it's the sticky type or the regular sew on.

Generally though, the attendants just purse their lips and use them to point to the store section where the interfacing is kept.


BTW... I made a messenger bag and used thick interfacing... but it's still floppy! any extra hints on how to strengthen the bag? I was thinking that maybe adding that plastic canvas thing or a junky plastic placemat cut to size..

any hints?
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2005 05:16:20 AM »

I guess in my experience non-sticky interfacing seems stiffer... when I want it extra-tough, I just double the interfacing.  I also sometimes just add a layer of foam.  The foam makes it stand up a bit and gives it body without looking like a limp piece of cardboard :p
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2005 08:23:17 PM »

oh I did't knew that pellon was same as interfacing I've only seen it on  embroideries. I'll check it out thanks for the help.
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