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Guide to Interfacings: Carry-Along Reference Guide

Guide to Interfacings: Carry-Along Reference Guide

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Guide to Interfacings: Carry-Along Reference Guide

76 pages
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Nov 1, 2020


Demystify the world of fusible products used in quilting and never accidentally get the wrong one again! Whether you need an interfacing, fusible foam, or fusible web, correctly choose which one you need and learn how to best use it with this resourceful pocket-sized book, Guide to Interfacings. Containing over 50 pages of helpful information on types of fusible products, what to use them on, how they work, and so much more, you won’t want to start another project without this guide. Take it with you to the store so you get the right interfacing every time, resulting in a quilt or related craft you’ll love! Author, owner of Poorhouse Quilt Designs, and trained engineer, Kristine Poor is famous for her use of fusibles to create structure in her projects and shares all her expertise to help you pick the right product every time!

Nov 1, 2020

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Kristine Poor, started Poorhouse Quilt Designs in September 2006, after designing the Sampler Tote as a gift for a family member. The tote was a hit, and a pattern company was born. She has a degree in Engineering and a love of fabric; these seemingly conflicting pursuits have come together. She works with Jean Johnson (mom/pattern editor/creative assistant) to develop patterns that are a canvas for your creativity. www.poorhousequiltdesigns.com

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What is interfacing? Interfacing is the layer of fabric between the outer garment or project and the lining or facing. It shapes, supports, and stabilizes. Most projects last longer and look more professional with suitable interfacing.

Choosing and using interfacings properly makes such a difference in the outcome of your project. Use this guide to help you get started in the world of interfacings.

How Do You Choose?

The pattern supply list should serve as a guide to choosing interfacing. It is good to know why a certain interfacing has been recommended, especially when you want to get creative and start using fabrics other than what has been suggested.

There are three main types of interfacing:

1.   Woven—This interfacing is produced just like fabric and is generally more durable than a nonwoven.

2.   Nonwoven—This type of interfacing is made from polyester fibers bonded together to form a fabric. It will exhibit little or no shrinkage and will not ravel.

3.   Knit—This soft interfacing has stretch and can be used with both woven and knit fabrics.

General Tips


Because there are no right or wrong answers when choosing interfacing, it is always best to test before you get started. This will ensure that you get the result that you want.


There are dark interfacings as well as light. In some cases when using a dark fabric, light interfacing may show through (and vice versa), so this is something to consider when choosing your interfacing.


There are lightweight to heavyweight interfacings on the market. The more support you need, the stiffer the interfacing. Try this at the store: Lay your fabric over the interfacing—are you getting the result that you want? Try different weights until you are satisfied with your choice.


Choosing between a fusible and a sew-in interfacing depends on personal preference, the fabric, and the degree of

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