One thing that has a tremendous impact on the look of a sewing project is the interfacing. But even if you choose and work with the best interfacing for a certain project, there is one more thing that you can do to increase the success of your project. Do you guess what is it? It is all about avoiding bulky seam allowances- this means you have to cut the interfacing smaller than the fabric (or vice versa, fabric bigger than interfacing), in order to keep it out of the seam allowance.
For my latest projects (pretty little boxes and baskets) I used a fusible interfacing – Decovil light, and it is just perfect!
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But I ran out of it and wanted to sew one more project so I had to use something else, and it wasn’t a fusible interfacing.
How to use non-fusible interfacing and keep it out of the seam allowances?
I used a felt-like interfacing, here it is placed on the fabric.
On top of it you have to lay a lightweight fusible interfacing, in the size of the fabric.
Fuse the lightweight interfacing and you are ready to continue your project. You will sew just next to the heavyweight interfacing edge.
Here is my little piece and look at the beautiful edges – no bulky seam allowances.
And here are my pretty little bags, with beautiful edges! Sewing is much easier when you (and your sewing machine) don’t have to handle bulky seams!
One more thing!
Do you have this tool?
This is a glue gun, and it works with hot glue. Crafters use it a lot – instead of stitches, use hot glue – this is a quick option that works on some projects.
… sometimes I find it necessary, as example, when you work with multiple interfacing layers!
On this piece I chose to attach the flaps to the box with hot glue. I wanted to stitch some buttons but I found it is easier and quicker to glue them!
I hope this helps!
Find the new patterns for these pieces (and more) here.
Thank you so much for that info! I was just wondering how to use non-fusible interfacing to make it work on a project I have been putting off due to this issue.
Great timing! Thank you so much for sharing.