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« on: December 12, 2005 07:46:31 PM »

I've been using iron on interface for my bags, but usually it will bubble or come off of the fabric.  I've tried a few different ways of ironing it on and a few different brands, but most of the time it messes up.  I'm not sure what to do about this, but I really can't stand it! Any help or suggestions would be great!
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 08:58:38 PM »

Use sew in interfacing.

OR - if you really want to use iron on interfacing use:

*Shirt-Tailor Iron on interfacing*

You can buy both of these at any fabric store.  The shirt-tailor iron on interfacing is made specifically for shirt collars, shirt-sleeve cuffs and shirt plackets (where the buttons & button holes are).  You know how strong, stable and smooth collars, cuffs and shirt plackets are.  Shirt Tailor iron on interfacing will provide you with this smooth finish.

I personally use sew in interfacing for my purses.  IF I want a *stiffer* purse, I will interface my purse lining with the shirt-tailor iron on interfacing.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2005 04:24:30 AM »

thanks, ill try the shirt-tailor interface. ive tried the sew on kind, but don't really like it too much. thanks again
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2006 07:15:08 PM »

I usually wash any fabric before I start making something with it to make sure it has shrunk/warped first (it also seems to tighten the weave on cheaper fabrics) so I'd never had any trouble until a couple of weeks ago when I was too impatient to wash the fabric first and just started ironing the interfacing on - what a mess! Anyway, what I did (after a while, I realised things were only getting worse) was pull the fabric and interfacing apart while they were both still hot, put the fabric down, then the interfacing and iron again (usually I iron the fabric side but I wanted to see what was going on with the interfacing) - worked like a charm that time round.  It really seemed that the fabric was shrinking with the heat initially.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2006 07:20:15 PM »

I always iron with the fabric down on the table and the interfacing on top of it (with the sticky side down, of course) and the iron as hot as it gets.  It works great for me!  You also need alot of patience and it also helps me to push down on the iron.  I don't iron on an ironing board, but a slab of marble on my table.  A hard surface works best.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2006 07:33:39 PM »

I usually wash any fabric before I start making something with it to make sure it has shrunk/warped first (it also seems to tighten the weave on cheaper fabrics) so I'd never had any trouble until a couple of weeks ago when I was too impatient to wash the fabric first and just started ironing the interfacing on - what a mess! Anyway, what I did (after a while, I realised things were only getting worse) was pull the fabric and interfacing apart while they were both still hot, put the fabric down, then the interfacing and iron again (usually I iron the fabric side but I wanted to see what was going on with the interfacing) - worked like a charm that time round.  It really seemed that the fabric was shrinking with the heat initially.

recently I've really thought about prewasing fabric. i had never heard about doing that until the other day someone at the fabric store told me. I'm assuming you do it before you cut it right? does it always turn out with out bubbles then?

I always iron with the fabric down on the table and the interfacing on top of it (with the sticky side down, of course) and the iron as hot as it gets.  It works great for me!  You also need alot of patience and it also helps me to push down on the iron.  I don't iron on an ironing board, but a slab of marble on my table.  A hard surface works best.

thats exactly how i do it, but i do it on an ironing board. maybe i should find something hard to do it on. do you think a glass table would be ok?
do you preshrink your fabric?
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2006 07:52:44 PM »

I'm so glad you posted this because I experience the same thing at times.   I have ironed both ways with fabric and interfacing on top.  I've started using off-white outdoor canvas  as interfacing and it works so much better ( a little trick i learned from an Amy Butler pattern). 
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2006 08:10:02 PM »

recently I've really thought about prewasing fabric. i had never heard about doing that until the other day someone at the fabric store told me. I'm assuming you do it before you cut it right? does it always turn out with out bubbles then?

Yep - before cutting. and yes, I've never had bubbles in it when I've prewashed it. You do need to press down pretty hard, with a very hot iron without steam.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2006 09:25:35 PM »

recently I've really thought about prewasing fabric. i had never heard about doing that until the other day someone at the fabric store told me. I'm assuming you do it before you cut it right? does it always turn out with out bubbles then?

Yep - before cutting. and yes, I've never had bubbles in it when I've prewashed it. You do need to press down pretty hard, with a very hot iron without steam.

thanks ill try that.
i just has some questions about the washing. do you do it in the washing machine and then put it in the dryer or can you just wet it and then hang it to dry?
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2006 10:08:05 PM »

thanks ill try that.
i just has some questions about the washing. do you do it in the washing machine and then put it in the dryer or can you just wet it and then hang it to dry?

I just wash it the way I would normally wash that type of fabric - often with whatever clothes are hanging around in that colour scheme and need washing  (don't have a dryer, so obviously, mine gets hung out)
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