Tip Tuesday – Stabilizers and Lining

InterfacingWe hope that you have been enjoying some the sewing tips we have been giving. This week we are going to be talking about interfacing, stabilizers and lining. If you have ever been intimidated by any of them, you are not alone. We have all grabbed the first bolt of interfacing we see and run to the cutting table. At that moment we all felt too dumb to figure out what the differences were between the different interfacing’s.  So we’ve mentioned three different things which are interfacing, stabilizers and linings. Let’s talk about each one individually.

Lining can be made from any material. It typically goes on the underside of whatever you are making. If you are making a baby dress you would want something soft touching the baby’s skin. On-the-other-hand if you are making a bag of some type you would want your lining to be stronger to hold up to whatever you are going to use if for. Sometimes your pattern may specify what type of fabric to use and sometimes it may be up to you. Remember, if it is sheer or rather see-through, either line it or wear a slip with it so you don’t give a show.

Interfacing comes in a couple of different types and different weights. It is for adding stability to an area that you are sewing, such as the front of a shirt where you are going to be putting buttons, or a collar. Some interfacing is iron-on, but most is no. It varies in weight from feather-weight to heavy-weight. Your pattern will tell you how much, what weight and type to use.

Stabilizer can also be called crinoline and stays. Crinoline is used in bonnet brims and anything that needs a stiff appearance. Stays are used for making corsets, mainly for period costumes. Stays come in different weights, depending on how heavy you want the corset to be. Be sure and use a heavy duty needle when sewing either one of these products.

So hopefully now you know a little more about interfacing, stabilizers and linings.

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