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    T-shirt interfacing

    Does any one where I can find what is called "t-shirt" interfacing. It is cotton fabric with sticky that you iron on to t-shirts so that they are stable. JoAnn's did not have what I was looking for. I used a heavy interfacing and was not satisfied ( The heavy interfacing is too bulky to quilt) . I am looking for something that will hold t-shirts down good while easy to quilt. THe quilt store that I bought some years ago treated my husband and son soo bad that I refuse to go back to her store. THanks for any help!!!

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    I think you can use the one sided interfacing that is very light weight. Joanns had it on sale this past weekend a 10 yard bundle for 3.99 - but I can't think of the name , sorry
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    You are looking for the fusible, non-woven lightweight interfacing. I did one with it, the quilt was very heavy and it needs to be machine quilted. Also expensive and time comsuming to iron all that on. However, you may want to try using starch instead. My second t shirt quilt using starch came out amazing. Starch HEAVILY before cutting. I soaked them in starch solution from the grocery store,, wrung out and in dryer til damp but not dry. Ironed (wrong side) dry and then cut. Worked perfectly. ANd there is a little give so if you have to squiggle things around to get them to line up, it works. Good luck!
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    There is a tricot-[knit] interfacing that works really good with t-shirts---just apply the knit grain sidewise to the knit grain of the t-shirt--- 90 degree angle---it is not as stiff--I used to use it in garments that were knit

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarlet14 View Post
    There is a tricot-[knit] interfacing that works really good with t-shirts---just apply the knit grain sidewise to the knit grain of the t-shirt--- 90 degree angle---it is not as stiff--I used to use it in garments that were knit
    this is what i have used and it works well...wait for the joann's half price on notions and then buy a bolt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deemail View Post
    this is what i have used and it works well...wait for the joann's half price on notions and then buy a bolt...
    Ditto what Dee said. I like the way the tricot makes the t-shirts drape. It has a nice hand. She is also right about the price! Don't leave home w/o your coupon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarlet14 View Post
    There is a tricot-[knit] interfacing that works really good with t-shirts---just apply the knit grain sidewise to the knit grain of the t-shirt--- 90 degree angle---it is not as stiff--I used to use it in garments that were knit
    This is the product I have always used. It adds stability to the t-shirt and does not bulk. It also launders well.
    Judy in the Ozarks area of MO

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    I used Joann's non woven fusible interfacing at $.99 a yard (half price with coupon) and having no problems.

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    non-woven lightweight fusable interfacing is what you need to ask for- they will have bolts of it.
    it is lighter weight than muslin- has fusable on one side- is easy to quilt through- and quite inexpensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    I think you can use the one sided interfacing that is very light weight. Joanns had it on sale this past weekend a 10 yard bundle for 3.99 - but I can't think of the name , sorry
    I always used the Pellon lightweight fusible nonwoven interfacing available at JoAnn's.. You want the lightest you can get because you don't want to add any additional weight to the quilt since the T-shirts are heavy enough as they are. GOOD LUCK!!!
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    I had to comment on this post. I made my stepson a T-shirt quilt. I took a class, bought the recommended supplies (the interfacing is the point of this comment), and got the top pieced, with sashings and borders. Sent it to my LA'r (my LQS owner and a friend). She called me after a few days with a problem. Apparently, the fusible interfacing had come loose from the back of the T-shirts. She didn't dnow this until after she finished the quilting in the sashing and borders. When she tried to quilt the actual T-shirt blocks, The T-shirts "slid" around on top of the batting and was making an unholy mess. She removed The stitches on the T-shirts and started again. After 3 attempts at quilting the blocks, she called me and told me that she couldn't finish the quilting. She felt terrible and didn't charge me for the sashing and border wuilting that she had done and I assured her that I appreciated all of her efforts. I tried FMQ on my home machine. Wouldn't work, T-shirts slid and streched each time I tried to sew. I finally ended up HANDQUILTING the stupid thing, using a straight line grid. NEVER, NEVER, will I ever make another T-shirt quilt. It was like quilting through plywood. My fingers will never be the same. I have no idea what happened with the fusible or why it came unstuck. Hope you have better luck than I did.

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    I met a woman while in line at JoAnn on Black Friday. She says that she uses flannel backing and NO interfacing OR
    batting on her t-shirt quilts and they've been fine. She said that she does sashing and that holds the shirts stable. I am going to try her method and see how I like it. I have the lightweight interfacing from JoAnn but if I can save a step and still get the same results, I'm all for it.

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