Fabric Interfacing Guide

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Carla Hegeman Crim, founder of Scientific Seamstress, developed a fantastic new resource for you! The Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide is out now, full of photos and comprehensive information on everything from sewing tools to sizing charts. Carla created a truly essential book for all of your garment or home sewing, with clear, useful information in an easy-to-access format. Carla covers seams, zippers, buttonholes, bias tape and so much more.

Today Carla and Stash Books are giving you the complete chapter in The Essential Sewing Reference Tool focused on the characteristics and selection of interfacing! You can download the PDF below, and you can also enter to win a copy of the book with your comment. We’ve relied on Carla’s expertise before here at Sew Mama Sew. She gave us lots of Tips and Techniques for Hems, and shared a three-part series on making ePatterns too. We also love Carla’s partnership with Jennifer Paganelli and have enjoyed the clear Sis Boom PDF patterns they develop together.

We think you’re going to love The Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide, and we know the interfacing guide below will be useful right away! Carla gives us some more tips below…

When I first started sewing for myself in my late teens, interfacing was a big mystery. I’m pretty sure I omitted it from my first few garments because 1) it would just slow me down and 2) who would know? Once I developed my skills a bit, I realized interfacing was necessary to give structure and stability in critical spots. I played around with fusibles and sew-ins, and definitely developed a preference for fusibles (no basting or dealing with sliding layers– Yay!). Unaware of the multitude of by-the-yard options available, I’d always buy the cheap packaged interfacing in the notions section. I used that stuff for years, despite the fact that it would bubble, pucker or peel away from the fabric in the wash.

It wasn’t until I started playing around with handbag sewing that my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of interfacings. Your local fabric store probably has 20-100 bolts of interfacing tucked in the back aisles or behind the cutting counter. At first glance, they all look like thin white (or black) fabric. On closer inspection, you can see that there are huge differences with regards to weights and textures, but not much in the way of descriptive copy on the ends of the bolts. If you pull the bolts from the rack and unroll them, you will likely find printed instructions with more information within. However, this method of interfacing selection is not the most efficient, and may invoke glares from store personnel.

The Essential Sewing Reference Tool contains a full chapter devoted to the characteristics and selection of interfacing, and Stash Books is providing it as a FREE download to Sew Mama Sew readers!

The first two charts break down fiber arrangement and weight. This will give you a general idea of what to look for in an interfacing. On the next two pages, interfacing products from major suppliers are listed by trade name, and grouped according to weave and fusibility. Say you are looking for a woven interfacing to use with a sheer fabric. The chart gives two fusible and one sew in-option.

The owner of Fashion Sewing Supply, Pam Erny, was a wonderful resource for the development of these tables. She is so knowledgeable, and is always willing to walk customers through the task of interfacing selection. I asked her to share some “insider tips” (pun intended) for selecting and using interfacing:

Tips for Selecting + Using Interfacing

1. Some interfacings, like those from Fashion Sewing Supply, do not need pre-shrinking, but some do… So ALWAYS read the instructions that come with the interfacing you purchase.

2. Before applying any kind interfacing always preshrink your “fashion fabric” by washing it the same way you will be washing the garment after you make it.

3. YES, you can apply a knit interfacing to a woven fabric as they play well together! But, it is rarely a good idea to apply a woven interfacing to a knit fabric; they usually really don’t get along.

4. Buying wide width interfacing always saves you money, and makes layout easier.

5. Never be shy to ask your interfacing vendor questions… After all, they know all about the products they sell.

6. Modern interfacings do not “go bad”… They will last for years when stored out of direct sunlight.

7. YES! you can fix wrinkled fusible interfacing! Here’s a nifty PDF tutorial from Fashion Sewing Supply.

I also asked “If someone just wanted two or three good standby interfacings on hand, what would you recommend?” Her response:

Top Three Standby Interfacings

1. Tricot Knit Fusible is good all around multipurpose interfacing, and most tricot interfacing can be applied in a double layer if you need extra support.

2. Lightweight Woven Fusible is a must for sewing shirts of every kind.

3. Lightweight Weft: Have a yard on hand… You never know when you might feel like sewing up a quick little jacket to wear with the new skirt you just made!

Download your PDF Interfacing Guide from The Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide, and enter to win a copy of the book with your comment. (Just tell us what you’re sewing this weekend…) Winners with US addresses can choose an eBook or hard copy, and international winners can win an eBook.

Other stops on Carla’s tour, with more chances to win and lots to see and learn:
March 3: Ginger Dimples (All about buttonholes)
March 4: How to Sew (Ruffle tips + tote project)
March 5: Paisley Roots (All about adjusting patterns)
March 6: The Bitchy Stitcher and Welcome to the Mouse House
March 7: Pink Chalk Studio
March 9: Sisboom

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210 Responses to Fabric Interfacing Guide

  1. Cindy says:

    Thanks so much for this info. I have had a hard time for years trying to figure out the facing/interfacing situation and I appreciate the info!

  2. Isabel A. says:

    Iยดm sewing a skirt.

  3. Mary Carlson says:

    I want to try to make an organizer for a neighbor’s walker her broke his hip recently.

    Thanks for the information!

  4. Nancy W says:

    Going to be finishing my shirt and donation wraps.
    This guide book looks like its a must!! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  5. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for the Interfacing chapter! I would love to have the whole book!
    I am working on a cross-body bag.

  6. Robin M says:

    Thanks for the great info on interfacing. There are so many out there, and it really gets confusing which one to use, and how to use them.

  7. MammaNene says:

    Sadly, i won’t be able to sew this weekend ๐Ÿ™ – ooooh, if only I could win the book!
    Thanks for the pdf ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Courtney Foxsparrow says:

    I’ll be making crib sheets and plush baby rattles!

  9. SS says:

    I’m sewing some pillow covers

  10. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much to Sew Mama Sew & Carla for this great post with info links & this new and fantastic reference guide book!!
    Love both the Book & your Blog~

  11. Sarah Beth says:

    I’m going to be working on a chenille quilt made from flannel

  12. Casey says:

    Smocks for art class. The little ones can get pretty messy!

  13. Cherie says:

    Actually, I have a couple of projects. One is a bag and the other a quilt!

  14. Gwynne says:

    My first quilt

  15. Angela Newman says:

    I am sewing some tops for me and a dress for my daughter this weekend.

  16. I am sewing a toddler dress for the first time and could really use this book!

  17. Penny Kitzmiller says:

    I will be sewing some new pillows this weekend! Yay I just got my sewing room up and running! That’s after waiting months and a day for it to be complete. I have two new sewing tables and one for scrapbooking. That area still needs (a lot) some work!!
    I really could use this book to help me in my sewing adventures. ??????

  18. kim t. says:

    trying to figure out how to copy a dress for my daughter…
    I would love a copy of this book!

  19. Jenny L says:

    Next week is my spring break, so I probably won’t be doing much sewing this weekend, but I have big plans for next week! I hope to get two quilt tops sewn together, as well as sew a Bimaa sweater for my daughter, and maybe even finish a table runner for a wedding present for a friend who got married in October. I’m really looking forward to spring break!

  20. Kirsten says:

    I’m hoping I can clear out my sewing space (currently occupied by a defunct ferret cage that needs to be taken outside, delayed by snow and ice now melting) and make a quick lunch bag then start work on a top. I found some neat polkadot fabric – not consistent polkadots but clusters and then more spread out.

  21. Laura Leal says:

    This weekend I’m sewing a scarf for my sister and some cute bibs for my best friend’s baby boy!

  22. Susan says:

    I am not sewing anything this week.

  23. KimberJ says:

    I’m working on a mini-quilt! Back to sewing after a 3 month absence due to hand surgery ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Angela Brown says:

    I have a table runner and basket to finish ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I hope to get started on a new purse!!!

  25. Mikaela says:

    I’ll be working on a bra!

  26. Amanda says:

    I’m sewing my second Coco top, a pattern recently released by Tilly and the Buttons.

  27. Melissa says:

    I am working on two quilts at once…..and re-upholstering a chair and sofa…..and needle-felting a mobile for a baby. Not much!

  28. Xenia says:

    I’m on a forced sewing break at the moment, so unfortunately will not be sewing anything this weekend…

  29. Barbara P. says:

    I will be working on cloth napkins and burp cloths. Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for the interfacing chapter.

  30. Carmen N says:

    No sewing this weekend. Trying to get some knit projects done

  31. Lisa McGriff says:

    I spent the weekend working on bee blocks!

  32. Melissa says:

    I finished some personalized baby blankets.

  33. Kathy says:

    Just in time as I’m about to start on a dress! Thank you!!

  34. Carlene Asafo says:

    I’m working on pj pants for my daughter and husband. Also on mending for uniform pants for my son.

  35. Sue says:

    Making another divided basket from Noodlehead.

  36. Rachel says:

    Sewing usually doesn’t get done on the weekends, I’ll have to wait for weekdays when everyone else is at school/work.

  37. Sarah says:

    This weekend’s sewing project was the olivine dress from Clever Charlotte for my daughter to wear to my brother’s wedding in a couple of weeks. So close to the end!!!

  38. Donna says:

    Great sewing weekend for me. Finished a handy retreat bag with loads of room for notions et al (Classmate pattern). Started sewing a quilt I had cut ages ago ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. KellyS says:

    I am taking a break from sewing (gasp, I know!) since we are focusing on buying a new house and eventually moving. But hopefully this week I will sew up a dress for my daughter, I need some sewing therapy.

  40. Rachel D says:

    Sitting sick removing stitches instead of putting them in, lol. Will hopefully restitch tomorrow,, working on burps, bibs & quilt for new grand coming in June! Thank you so much for the info on interfacings, will definitely be used here!

  41. Dee says:

    Sewing 5″ string blocks using top pressed piecing on copy paper and 5″ log cabin blocks using under pressed piecing on muslin fabric.

  42. Sharon says:

    I made a baby blanket, a block of the month and wile watching a movie I made some hexis.

  43. Sharon says:

    I finished a baby blanket and my block of the month a and while watching a movie I worked on some hexis.

  44. Heather says:

    What an awesome reference! Definitely want to check this one out. Thanks for the preview!

  45. Jessie says:

    I’m working on my farmer’s wife quilt!

  46. Deb E says:

    With Daylight Savings Time, I’m not expecting to be too energetic, lol, so a headband I’m sewing to match a top already made, will have to suffice. Love the interfacing chaper–thanks.

  47. Tsigeyusv says:

    I am so grateful for this reference. I will use it often.
    I’m piecing together a back for a quilt for a friend who recently found a place to live after being homeless for several years.

  48. Melissa Vink says:

    This would be awesome!! I’ve used interfacing once so this would tremendously. Thank you

  49. Alexis says:

    These are some great tips! Thanks so much for sharing.

  50. Lisa says:

    I recently discovered how great interfacing is when making zippered pouches. Hoping to learn more and this book sounds ideal

  51. Nancy Owens says:

    Thank you for the PDF. I have not been sewing my clothing for about 15 years. Got fat and started quilting. Well, now I am less fat and I want to try clothing again. This book could really help me get updated. Thanks for the chance to win too. I am not sewing this weekend, I am clearing the decks, so I can start a new blouse next week.
    Thanks again

  52. Charlotte L says:

    Im working on a 5 sets of black bird wings for my first graders Spring play! Thanks!

  53. Nancy Owens says:

    Thank you for the PDF. I haven’t sewn much clothing for about 15 years, got fat and started quilting. Well, I got less fat now and I’m starting to sew for myself again. An update on the current inter facings will help me along the way I am sure. Thanks for the opportunity to win her entire book. BTW I still enjoy quilting, just dividing my time now!

  54. Judi B in VA says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book as I am in need of a good reference book and one that is visual is music to my ears! This week I am working on sewing a skirt for myself a la Alabama Chanin’s pattern.

  55. Sharon says:

    I just finished making a gift card sleeve to accompany a gift card for my granddaughter’s birthday and now I have all the materials for a server/utility apron strewn across my cutting table and ironing board. I’m also in the process of ironing and recording my fabric stash – my attempt at organizing my craft/exercise room.

  56. Chloe Collins says:

    Currently I am Spring Cleaning, but in the midst of that I have cut out a apron and will begin some curtain projects thereafter. Busy, busy, busy. LOL

    Thank you for having this giveaway!

    Chloe Collins

  57. I wish that I was sewing this weekend, but I’m staying temporarily in a tiny, tiny place and don’t have room to set up my sewing machine. While I hand sewed for about 15 years before getting my machine, I kind of avoid it these days. So, I’ve been crocheting (working on an afghan for a friend’s son) recently. Can’t wait o get back to sewing, though!

  58. Andrea says:

    Last week I finished two tiny backpacks for my twin boys who’ve just started kindergarten, and now I’m working on matching drawstring bags for their sports clothes.

  59. Heidi says:

    Unfortunately, I am not sewing anything this weekend. We just moved into or new house I stead!

  60. Jane says:

    I’ve been cutting papers for my first lot of English Paper Piecing – am hoping to sew some of it together this week.

  61. Lyndalee Korn says:

    I’m working on a garment bag. I used 2 yards of a cotton fabric that seems too flimsy. What kind of interfacing would you use? I would love a copy of the book. I’m starting to sew more often.

  62. Catriona says:

    I am flitting between the patchwork duvet cover I’ve nearly finished and the radiant orchid quilt top I need to get finished before the 21st. Thanks for the info and giveaway!

  63. Stephanie says:

    I am doing some FMQing this chilly Sunday. Would love the book! Thanks for the interfacing reference. I am terrible with interfacing.

  64. Lizzy B says:

    I’m still new to sewing so this book would be awesome for me! I’m working on car seat covers right now. My cousin just had twin girls!

  65. Nupur says:

    I’m making some simple envelope pillows for my screened porch!

  66. Kelli says:

    Making repairs to handmade clothing.

  67. Amanda in RI says:

    I am working on some snack bags with some seriously discounted PUL I snagged!

  68. Theresa says:

    doll clothes for my niece

  69. Katy says:

    I am making my son a super hero cape for his birthday next week.

  70. sarah says:

    thank you this is most helpful as i have been experimenting with interfacing but not truly understanding the differences.

  71. Nancy McKenzie says:

    I’m sewing purse organizers. The right interfacing here is critical!

  72. Tif says:

    I’m hemming some thrifted (and probably never worn jeans, score!), finishing an apron to wear while I sew to help keep all the loose threads in my sewing room, large zipper pouches for upcoming bday gifts, and finishing the bias tape on the Sorbeto top. Happy sewing!

  73. Nicole says:

    I would LOVE this book!!!! I am playing with my new embroidery machine this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of fun projects coming up ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Gwen says:

    Going to sew some bags

  75. Sarah Loughridge says:

    I always found interfacing a bit of a mystery so thank you for this ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. jenny says:

    Trying once again, BIAS TAPE. Argh.

  77. Colleen says:

    I’m working on cutting out a spring dress (Jenny-Scientific Seamstress)

  78. jonquil says:

    This weekend I’m working on re-attaching buttons & knitting lap afghans for Yuletide. Soon as I’m finished with the knitting I can start on nine patch lap quilts (just in time for the warmer weather to kick in) !

  79. April says:

    I’m working on pillow case dresses and matching headbands!

  80. April says:

    I’m working on some pillow case dresses and matching headbands!

  81. Rita S. says:

    Working on 2 sew-alongs (quilting).

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  82. Wendy says:

    I am working on spring blouse and I used cotton batiste as interfacing.

  83. Sarah says:

    I am sewing up some of my Saori woven cloth!

  84. This is great info – I’m a newbie with sewing clothing and the such with interfacing, so this is really helpful! This weekend I’m working on Wee Wander quilts : )

  85. Jansie says:

    That book looks amazing. Would love to have a copy!! I am sewing up a chemo cap for a friend with cancer. Not very fun, but a gift that always spreads some happiness. Thanks!

  86. Terry says:

    Oops, forgot to say what I’m sewing this weekend. Lots and lots of coasters, plus my first attempt at a large circular tablecloth that needs piecing

  87. tiara says:

    hopefully a boxy pouch!

  88. Terry says:

    What a comprehensive book! Thank you for sharing a full section with us. I hope to win it, but expect I need it regardless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Ci ndy says:

    This is something I have been waiting for because i get lost in the land of interfacings.

  90. Teresa says:

    I am working on two Easter dresses for grandchildren.

  91. SaraJ says:

    I have to cut out interfacing for shirts for my 3 boys!

  92. SaraJ says:

    I need to finish a pair of shorts, then I have 3 boy’s dress shirts to start on.

  93. Karen A says:

    I’m working on a journal cover.

  94. Heather J says:

    I am matchstick quilting my quilt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. janet moilanen says:

    I hope to work on my scrappy churn dash today. Lost an hour of sewing time this weekend!

  96. LynAnne Smucker says:

    Spent yesterday, sewing together rows on my triangle quilt. Also organized some quilt patterns and put away some fabrics.

  97. Janey Millar says:

    Phew! Thanks for demystifying interfacing, love this nice clear guide! Off to make a bag now I know which interfacing to buy!

  98. MelodyJ says:

    I’m not sewing this weekend .I went to a bead show.

  99. Sheri says:

    I am working on a knit dress for an event in April …also trying to squeeze in some work on a red denim skirt

  100. KT says:

    I love interfacing. I never knew much about it until I made some bags.

  101. Bradley says:

    I’m working on an equilateral triangle hexagon baby quilt and throw pillows for the basement.

  102. Amber says:

    Bags are the best way to try out interfacing. Make little pouches with different scraps and see what you like best

  103. Ugh. I’m about to embark on an Amy Butler Weekender, and am overly confused about these things you call interfacing, lol. I’m so happy I found this post-bookmarking!

    This weekend I have been working on some midwifery scale slings ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  104. Wendy says:

    Hoping to work on a shirt and pants for my son!

  105. Elizabeth says:

    I will be working on some tote bags this weekend. I use interfacing but do not understand it fully yet. I am always looking for tips and tricks!

  106. Ann says:

    With three kids to make them for, I have lots of summer pajamas under way.

  107. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Boy do I need this book! Reading a pattern is like reading a foreign language, and they assume I know what they’re talking about. I would like to sew some things for myself, but have no idea where to start.

  108. Fran says:

    Thank you for sharing this guide! I am working on a Guild mystery quilt, for the Preemie ward at our local hospital, I hope to get the borders on tomorrow and maybe start the quilting too!

  109. Karen Seitz says:

    I’m working on a baby quilt for my niece who is due to arrive in the world this coming week!

  110. Jody says:

    I’m working on a bag for a birthday gift

  111. Alessandra says:

    Hem some pants and maybe a pillow cover!

  112. Ginger says:

    Since I’m recovering from surgery and can’t do steps (my sewing room is upstairs) I’m sewing via getting new ideas.

  113. shirley cree says:

    sewing a size 6 jalie 977….. pants with zip off legs…..

  114. Kitty says:

    Thanks for the info. Excellent material to read. I am working on a t-shirt quilt for my college bound son and boy do I need a lot of interfacing to stabilize the shirts! My first ever quilt! Wish me luck!

  115. Nettie says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and for the chapter. This weekend I am working on a “Little Lady’s Ragged Bag Tiny Tote” from simple Simon and Company. It’s for little girl to carry her Teddy when she goes from Grandma’s to Mommy’s house. (Maybe she won’t forget it again and cry.) I hope.

  116. I’m sewing burp cloths as baby shower presents this weekend!

  117. Leah says:

    I just got a wonderful new Juki TL2010Q and first thing I’m making is a lovely blue skirt – no interfacing.

  118. Jan says:

    I’m making a couple of summer tops for myself. Thank you for the interfacing download and for the chance to win a copy of the book!

  119. Carolyn says:

    I am maing dinosaur tails and super hero capes this weekend.

  120. Liz Milner says:

    Working on a blouse for myself. Love using interfacing for collar and front facings, makes for such nice button holes. I use a double piece of interfacing, cut into about a one inch circle to sew under the area where the buttons are sewn. It stabilizes the button and helps prevent the button from ripping out a hole in the garment, especially if it is a finer fabric.

  121. Jenna Hilb says:

    I’m working on sewing another Anna Maria Horner Art Student Tote!

  122. Heidi says:

    We have plans all weekend, so no sewing for me ๐Ÿ™

  123. Jan says:

    This is a very timely post! I just received an order of shirt interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply for my hubby’s Aloha shirt. I love it! I will be finishing up the buttonholes this weekend. Thanks for the interfacing guide and the book giveaway.

  124. Ellen M. says:

    I’m working on my first quilt top. Many thanks!

  125. Rachel Riesenberg says:

    This weekend I’m working on a zipper pouch!

  126. Karen Watkins says:

    I’ve made two ScrappyTrips blocks for a charity quilt.

  127. Dawn H says:

    Thank you for the interfacing tips! I am learning how to Crazy Quilt. This weekend I am piecing a block of very special and unique fabrics, most of which need a lightweight, fusible interfacing added before I can sew the pieces together. I would love to win the book!

  128. Karen Watkins says:

    I’ve made two block for a charity quilt this weekend.

  129. Trying to sew my first little girl dress but it isn’t going so well!

  130. Linda L. says:

    This is very useful info – I wish I’d known it a long time ago. I’m working on a lap quilt this weekend.

  131. melle e says:

    I’m not sewing anything (yet… but the boys are going tubing tomorrow, so MAYBE….)

    I am, though, ordering fabric tonight for a quilt for a customer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My very first quilt sale.


    (can you tell?)

    i could REALLY use the interfacing information. Whenever I ask, I get a bunch of *you tube it*’s and frankly… I’m an idiot. I need someone to EXPLAIN it. This download might be exactly what I need… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  132. Allison C says:

    I’m making economy blocks for an I-spy

  133. Sonicratfs says:

    I’m sewing a bag to give a good Spanish red wine ๐Ÿ˜€

  134. Ella says:

    I’m sewing needlebooks!

  135. Mary Helene says:

    Book covers for my grand daughter.

  136. Franny says:

    No sewing this weekend but plenty of family time.

  137. I’m not sewing anything this weekend ๐Ÿ™ I’m away for work.

  138. Stephanie says:

    Baby quilt for my first nephew ๐Ÿ™‚

  139. Im working on my bee blocks. Two for my Comfort Circle and one for my Threadbias Bee.

  140. Karin says:

    This looks like a fantastic book! Thank you for the free chapter – I’m off to do some reading!

  141. Bianca says:

    I have been experimenting with sewing makeup bags. I’ve been guessing on what type of interfacing is best. This guide will help me tremendously as I am a beginner

    Thanks for taking the time out to create this.

  142. Making another block for my Swoon quilt

  143. Jenn says:

    I’m working on 2 quilts this weekend – one a simple HST baby quilt and the other is a modern Dresden inspired quilt (slow going but enjoying the process)

  144. Marita says:

    I’m hemming pants.

  145. Barbara says:

    Thank you. Easter gifts.

  146. angelina says:

    good tips! i like the non toxic interfacing.

  147. Julie says:

    This weekend I am catching up on mending. I will be able to start a project once the pile on my machine is gone. I’d love to win this book as I need lot’s of instruction. Thanks!

  148. Mandi says:

    just hemming some pants for myself & a friend

  149. Martha Sturgill says:

    Making a casserole cover and putting borders on a Craftsy BOM. Thanks for the interfacing tips.

  150. Debbie says:

    I am working on a tshirt quilt, lots of interfacing!

  151. Randi Leigh Collins says:

    I’m sewing a raincoat and a bag!

  152. Mom C says:

    Carla and I have had similar experiences. Today I’m hoping to finish up a purse, using the thicker iinterfacings. I’m liking the looks and the feel of it. Thanks.

  153. Lanie McMillan says:

    I’m working on my first applique project!

  154. Beth B. says:

    I hope to be working on my first spring dress this weekend!

  155. Kristine says:

    I’ll be helping my daughter make her first sewing project – a pillowcase.

  156. Catherine says:

    I’m not sewing at all this weekend. ๐Ÿ™ On the road with family today and then have to spend tomorrow running errands & catching up on shop orders.

  157. Leah A says:

    Thanks for the info! I work at a fabric store and get a lot of questions about interfacing that are not always easy to answer using the Pellon guides provided to us and my own experience. It’s great to have a more in depth reference tool.

  158. Sandy says:

    I am sewing a Princess Elsa gown for my granddaughter.

  159. Deana says:

    No sewing this weekend, but some fun family time ๐Ÿ™‚

  160. db says:

    Wow!! Love this guide – thanks

  161. Jenny W H says:

    Yes, please! Thank you.

  162. Tran Steel says:

    Hoping to get started on baby girl’s flowers mobile before she arrives! Thanks for the tutorial.

  163. Erin says:

    Just some hand sewing of patches on my son’s Cub Scout uniform. Nothing too big or exciting!

  164. Laura says:

    I’m sewing my daughter’s Easter dress!

  165. Donel says:

    I’m working on a St. Patrick’s Day skirt for my daughter.

  166. Jenni says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and download!

    This weekend, I’m sewing x and + blocks for a swap. ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. Darcie says:

    I’m so lazy when it comes to interfacing in clothing! This looks really helpful.
    I have a non-sewing craft to complete in the next couple hours for a volunteer thing, but hoping to get some sewing in later! Maybe the Swoon Cate purse. I have the right interfacing!

  168. Stephanie says:

    This weekend I’m working on sweet stuffed elephants for all the baby showers I have this spring!

  169. Terri in BC says:

    This weekend, I will be finishing a mystery quilt from a pattern by Bonnie Hunter, then starting to quilt a stack of flimsies that have been building up! Thanks for the opportunity!

  170. Serena says:

    Interfacings…always something I need help with. I am working on a small baby quilt.

  171. Ellen says:

    Thanks for taking some of the mystery out of interfacings. I love my tricot knit interfacing. It really is as versatile as you say.

  172. Ellen Schmidt says:

    Thanks for taking some of the mystery out of interfacings. I love my tricot knit interfacing. It really is super versatile.

  173. Marissa says:

    Hopefully I’ll have time to continue my project this weekend!

  174. Diane says:

    Thanks for this download – it’s just what I need! I’ll be sewing a boxed travel doppel bag for hubby. The Essential Sewing Reference Tool looks like something I’ll need to get so thanks for the chance to win.

  175. Missy says:

    Great post and excited to check out this chapter. Looks like a great book to add to my library!

  176. Lindsay says:

    I have just started rejuvenating my love for sewing, and this was very helpful, thank you! I have never used interfacing before (it scared me) you’ve cleared up some of the fear!

  177. Sarah says:

    I’m working on a hungry caterpillar floor quilt for a friend’s baby! The fabric just make me smile!

  178. angie s. says:

    I am making myself some summer pj’s.

  179. Anya says:

    I’m sewing a binding on a quilt…Thanks for the chance!

  180. Janet Carpenter says:

    I have always had a love/hate relationship with interfacing. But I think it mostly because I have never really learned or known how to select the right interfacing for each project. I agree with the 3 choices of interfacing suggested to always have on hand. They are my favorites for best results.

  181. I am sewing up a simple top for my Facebook sewing group’s challenge before the deadline in a week. I’ll actually be really early this time!!!

  182. Wendy TC says:

    Unfortunately, I’m “stitching” tax forms together this weekend so no sewing on the horizon . But there’s a bathrobe on the dress form, just needs hemming. Then onto other projects.

  183. Vicki H says:

    This weekend I am machine quilting my Trees in the Woods quilt.

  184. Jolien says:

    Thanks for the info, very helpful, pinning it!

  185. Machelle says:

    That was very helpful! I am attempting a Tshirt quilt and this was very timely information. I am going to look for some light weight interfacing!

  186. Cindy Gillis says:

    I am sewing a skirt for my daughter this weekend. Thank you for the helpful info!!

  187. Em says:

    I am sewing bags and totes this weekend. Finishing up a valance also!

  188. Nancy R says:

    Right now I am basting a quilt sandwich. However I love to sew bags and have tried various interfacings but am still not sure which to use or which I prefer.

  189. Thank you for the interfacing resources. I work at a fabric store, so all the knowledge I can get is helpful to my customers!

    This weekend I am working, in fact, but I need to squeeze in some time to finish up a self-portrait quilted wallhanging. Mom’s birthday was at the end of February and she still doesn’t have her gift!
    (She specifically asked; I wasn’t just assuming she’d want my big ol’ face on her wall.)

  190. This weekend I’ll be sewing up my March Bee Blocks!

  191. Emilee says:

    No sewing this weekend since I am on vacation, but I did sew up some fun coordinating pillow cases for the trip. (It is a girls weekend trip!)

  192. Elizabethdx says:

    Any time I see Pam Erny, I know I am in good hands. She makes the best interfacings I’ve ever used and offers superb tutorials on her site for shirtmaking. If all of the information in Carla’s book is as expert as this, it must be amazing.

  193. Anita says:

    Thank you, I’m very intrigued by this book. Thank you for sharing this very interesting chapter.

  194. Karrie Smith says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance!

  195. Rox says:

    I’m making the Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tee. It’s a quick project because I have a busy weekend!

  196. Bethany says:

    I’m sewing a toiletry bag this weekend–interestingly enough I’ve been playing around with interfacings to see what the result will be as I’m deviating from my norm. Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great book!

  197. Cindy G. says:

    This weekend, I’m either sewing up a carrying case for my embroidery projects (so I can take them on the go), or a runner for the top of a dresser (I have 3 fabrics to use, so I can jazz it up a little). I think the carrying case will win out (once I work out the dimensions), because next weekend, I’ll be with friends who can give me some input into the best way to combine my 3 fabrics.

  198. I have a hard time with interfacing so your chapter was very helpful! I would love to win a copy of your book.

  199. Elizabeth Beck says:

    This weekend I’m finishing a lap quilt. This book looks great and would be a great addition to any seamstress’s library.

  200. Laura says:

    Pattern testing a skirt pattern. As soon as the sizing revision comes in.

  201. NancyB from Many LA says:

    Thank you for the free download. It will me a great tool! I’m not sewing anything right now. Just too lazy to start one… LOL!

  202. Julianne says:

    I am sewing a table cloth for the house, a dress for my niece, a pair of shorts for my little man and thinking about what to sew with some OOP fabric I scored that is being shipped to me now ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus I have little misses 5th birthday party this weekend so that is enough for one weekend LOL

  203. Alisha S. says:

    I am sewing up a new coat for our fur baby and I will be starting on a test pattern for a back pack.

  204. Masha says:

    I’m sewing a Grainline Moss skirt for meeeeee this weekend. Woohoo! Thanks for the giveaway!

  205. Masha says:

    I’m sewing a Grainline Moss skirt for meeee this weekend! Thanks for the giveaway!

  206. Amy says:

    I am making a quilt for my new nephew!

  207. Michelle says:

    I’ve got a project for a friend I need to work on and sewing my first Jamie dress!!! Yipppee!

  208. Thanks for the interfacing guide! I think I will be avoiding the cheap pre-packaged stuff from now on. I’ve never had any trouble with it, but I have had bad experiences with cheap fabric so I’ve been aiming for higher quality materials all around in everything I sew.

    This weekend, I’ll be working on matching Easter dresses for myself and my daughter. Usually, I end up putting off Easter dresses and then furiously hemming them at the last minute at 8:30AM on Easter morning. Last year, I got a very early start, and my daughter’s dress was ready weeks in advance. This year, I’d like for our dresses to be ready by early April so I won’t have to deal with any last-minute sewing.

  209. Elizabeth Gaudette says:

    Some easy fit pants ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  210. Sandra says:

    gonna sew some tablet covers!

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