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Thread: Interfacing help please

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    Senior Member Phyllis nm's Avatar
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    Interfacing help please

    I make vest and ties out of brocade fabric for my son. He wears them to work every day.>>
    I can not find a fusible interfacing that will stick and stay on the slick back of the brocade fabric.>>
    I have tried pellon, woven, tricot and when I press seams or the finish vest; it comes loose and or bubbles.>>
    Ready made vest have interfacing fused to thinner fabric. I have even used a heat press machine and it comes loose. I do not pre-shrink brocade, I don’t think you can.>>
    Any suggestions, please?>>
    Thanks.>>
    Last edited by Phyllis nm; 08-04-2012 at 09:34 PM. Reason: edit

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    My only thought would be to roughen the brocade with a fine sand paper. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. If that won't work try contacting a company that makes brocade. Best of luck.

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    An old-fashioned idea from tailoring: use a woven interfacing, something like buckram but not so stiff. Cut to size and lay on the reverse of the brocade. Using large basting or whip stitch, hand sew through the woven interfacing and just catch some of the threads of the reverse brocade. Do this in rows, following the contours of the pattern. Try not to leave any large areas unattached. You can then proceed as usual.

    This handwork is traditional in fitted menswear and women's fine suits and coats. I hope this will be helpful.

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    Thank you. I have so many nice scraps I don’t want to throw them away. I wanted to make a crazy quilt with them, but I am afraid they will not hold up to washing with out a stabilizer. I could also turn them into a neck tie quilt. [Just thinking out loud.]>>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm View Post
    Thank you. I have so many nice scraps I don’t want to throw them away. I wanted to make a crazy quilt with them, but I am afraid they will not hold up to washing with out a stabilizer. I could also turn them into a neck tie quilt. [Just thinking out loud.]>>
    Are you thinking of the kind of crazy quilt that is pieced on a background and the seams decorated with embroidery? The old time ones made with silks, taffetas, ribbons, velvets, brocade, etc. were not intended to be washed. Since the individual fancy fabric pieces were small they were very stable.

    Brocade is so beautiful.....I thought about your question and wonder if you have tried using spray adhesive with pellon or tricot on the back of your brocade. Another thought would be to use silk or rayon floss and add tiny stitches or french knots to the surface. These would help secure the layers and if worked among the designs would not be noticed.

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