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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Best Interfacing for Home Sewers (IMHO)

Current garment project:  wool skirt
Once in a while a product or tool comes along that adds a professional look to our sewing items.
Interfacing is one of those products.
It is necessary for preventing fabric from waving and folding and scrunching.
All of which make our hand-made items look homemade.

A selection of some of the interfacing offered at Fashion Sewing Supply

Today, I want to share with you all, my trusted source for professional-grade interfacing.
It is Fashion Sewing Supply located in New York.
Not only are their products top notch,
their customer service also exceeds expectations.
Ordinarily, I receive my order in under a week.
And on one of my past orders, unbeknownst to me,
one of the interfacings I ordered was going on sale the following week.
They discounted my interfacing to reflect the upcoming sale price
and they refunded the difference to my account.
What company does that?
Oh, and did I mention their interfacing is a whopping 60" (152 cm) wide?
Well, it is.  Unlike that skinny little stuff sold at the big box stores.
  
This one supports the waistband and pocket flaps on my wool skirt
The interfacing I'm using on my current garment is Pro-Sheer Elegance Medium.
It gives cuffs, collars, pocket flaps, and waistbands
shape and stability without stiffness.
It is different from the big name interfacing found in the big box stores. 
Can you see the fabric weave in that interfacing?
It is like adding a piece of supporting fabric,
rather than a stiff, paper-like substance, to your garment.
Fashion Sewing Supply interfacing is like the supporting actor to the lead character.
The primary is made a star by the support it receives from the secondary.

Silk organza press cloth
 Another Fashion Sewing Supply product that I'm sold on is their silk organza.
I've always read that the best press cloths are made from silk organza.
So, I decided to give it a shot.
Wow!
The. Best. Press. Cloth.
 
So easy to use these beauties when pressing

I cut my press cloths to measure 18" x 22" (46 cm x 56 cm).
That's not press cloth law or anything, it's just the size that works best for me.
Cut your press cloth any size you wish.
That size just gives you a starting point.
Serge the edges or hem them with a double fold and you're good to go.
Your new press cloth should last you for years and years.

If you have an interfacing source you would like to share,
please leave a comment below.
Sewing choices are so individual, just like all of us.

Happy sewing, my friends.