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« on: March 09, 2010 09:50:58 AM »

Is there a way to pre-shrink fusible interfacing?  Or better still, is there a brand of fusible interfacing that doesn't shrink?

I have been having a problem with my fabric bubbling and puckering after ironing on the fusible interfacing with my steam iron. 

Does anyone have any suggestions for avoiding this?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010 10:13:13 AM »

try ironing without steam? I've had this same problem before as well, but it didn't happen if I did it without  steam
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2010 01:54:22 AM »

I use a water spritzer and spray the interfacing before ironing, then, when it's finished shrinking (1-2 seconds), I'll rearrange it if necessary and then iron. No more bubbling or puckering. Smiley

« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010 03:37:34 AM »

Invest in better quality interfacing.  Proper interfacing shouldn't shrink at all.  One of the brands I use is Vilene and it's never shrunk on me.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010 02:02:16 AM »

Not everyone has access to better quality interfacing, soorawn. I don't. I'm lucky to find any at all here. Sometimes, people have to make do with whatever is locally available.

« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010 03:20:04 AM »

Sorry.  I guess I took it for granted ('cos here where I am there isn't much stuff, but still more than I think, it seems).

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010 04:32:48 PM »

Thanks for the tips.  I'll try spraying it first and readjusting.

soorawn~I had thought of buying better interfacing, but the only brand I have ever seen here is Pellon. 
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2010 03:43:11 AM »

Does Pellon shrink on you?  Ow.  They even specify it doesn't need preshrinking in their website, so I wouldn't have expected that.
One thing that I never do but instructions say you should is cover the surface to be fused with a damp cloth.
Their full directions are here:   http://www.pellonideas.com/content/blogcategory/15/34/
Other than that, I've run out of ideas.

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2010 06:08:44 PM »

I've been doing something different with the interfacing that has pretty much eliminated the shrinking.

I have been ironing it just enough to make it adhere to the fabric.  I have stopped using excessive steam and heat.  I iron it on quickly without holding the iron on the fabric for more than a few seconds.  That has helped me.
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2010 02:21:20 AM »

so this may be too late to help but i use pellon interfacing (mostly because i get a discount and i would have to drive two hours for anything else) and i was ironing it to some paper and noticed it shrinking! (instead of bubbling it would make the paper roll up) instead i ironed it on from one side moving in very very slowly! so i would only add 1/2 to my ironing area every minute or so working from right to left. it stopped the shrinkage problem with me so maybe it will help. i also dont use steam or a damp cloth though

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