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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Try this!

My clear contact paper is still coming in the mail, so I'll try a different idea today. And this idea is a real winner! Winner winner chicken dinner-winner!

The idea comes from Sarah, and Sara seconds the method! (Sar-ahhh and Sa-RA RA RA! ;-)

To strengthen the tissue paper patterns, Sara/h recommends applying fusible interfacing to the tissue paper.

I tried two different kinds of fusible interfacing from Pellon, based solely on which were the least expensive at a local retail location of a national chain fabric store:

  • P44f "JAS Fusible Interfacing" for US$0.99/yrd.
  • 906F "Sheerweight Fusible" for US$1.99/yrd.

Both of these fusibles are lightweight 100% polyester pressed fiber (felted) material.

I first removed the creases from the tissue paper pattern sheet with a warm, dry iron. I began applying the fusible interfacing with a warm dry iron on the ironing board, but found it was easier to do it directly on the cleanly swept floor. The floor needs to be free of any tiny bits of debris. I think it would have been better to have put some material on the floor first, but the iron was not very hot. It worked for me.
I applied two vertical rows of the fusible.

I applied the fusible to the tissue paper first from the tissue paper side, then turned the sheet over and pressed the fusible to the tissue paper from the fabric side. It adhered well and quickly.

This method is quick and effective. I also like it, because when you fold up the patterns for storage, they fold "like fabric," leaving almost no creases in the pattern sheet. If there are any, these can be pressed out easily. You can't iron out the creases in the pattern sheets applied with tacky spray to craft paper, like I tried yesterday.

The interfacing is about 20 inches/51 cm wide. For one of the pattern sheets in the book, you will need just over 3 yards/2 meter 75 cm of this fusible material.

The 906F "Sheerweight Fusible" is slightly better than the less expensive P44F "JAS Fusible Interfacing," but not a whole dollar per yard better. The least expensive one will do you fine.

  • P44f "JAS Fusible Interfacing" for US$0.99/yrd.
  • 906F "Sheerweight Fusible" for US$1.99/yrd.
  • Amount needed per "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" pattern sheet approx. 3 yards/2 meters 75 cm
  • Rating: I'll give this method 5 out of 5 stars.
Thank you, beautiful Sarah/Sara, for sharing this idea!

Übersetzung des oberen Beitrags: VLIESELINE aufbügeln. Doch: Vlieseline. Und zwar die günstigste.

Erst die Knitter im Schnittmuster mit warmem, trockenem Bügeleisen ausbügeln. Dann die Vlieseline auf der Rückseite aufbügeln. Voilá! Vlieseline funktioniert wunderbar und hat den weiteren Vorteil, daß die Schnittmuster "wie Stoff" sich falten lassen, d.h. beim Wegpacken keine so dicken Knitterfalten. Und wenn, können diese Knitterfalten wieder mit warmem, trockenem Bügeleisen ausgebügelt werden.

Ich glaube Vlieseline hat eine Breite von ca. 50 cm. Wenn ja, braucht frau pro SCKL Schnittmusterbogen ca. 275 cm.

Ein toller Tipp dankes Sara und Sarah!


Debbie said...

This idea is great for any pattern. Thanks for bringing it to us. We use it for making fabric paperdoll clothes. But, I would have never thought to iron it to paper...genius. It amazes me that you are willing to do this extra work for those who are sewing your book. It's way beyond the call of duty, in my opinion, but so nice.
You should share this with craft gossip.com They'd love it.

zofia said...

yay, sounds like a plan!
Thanks Sara/h. :D

willow and moo said...

*smacks herself in the forehead* Oh yeah this is something I should have bought when in Spotlight (our big fabric store here in Aus) today! I need some cheap interfacing for this purpose. I'm not using my good stuff from Pam for this. ;)

Jen said...

Yay! My oldest wants the Manhattan for her spring/Easter dress but I was hesitant to get it out to trace without some kind of stabilization. I had been thinking freezer paper, but I like this idea even better, since it doesn't wrinkle with folding. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Vielen, vielen Dank für den Tipp!
Ich habe erst nicht verstanden, dass Du Vlieseline meinst, super Idee.
Ich habe Deinen Tipp gleich direkt verlinkt! :)


Kai Anja

Crafty Mama said...

Excellent, I love this idea, thanks guys!

Christie said...

Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea!

Kate said...

Brilliant idea, thanks so much! I'll be trying this out this afternoon.


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