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What is…………Interfacing

How to choose and use Interfacing

 

If you have never purchased interfacing for dressmaking it can be a rather confusing subject.

Interfacing is an extra layer of fabric applied to the inside of a garment in order to give it some strength and stability.  It is normally used on cuffs, collars, shoulder areas and waistbands to add structure and stop the fabric from being floppy.

You can buy interfacing specifically for your fabric and it comes as either iron on or no-iron on.  Iron on interfacing is especially good for beginner dressmakers as once ironed into place it doesnt shift about when sewing the layers under your sewing machine. It is suitable for most fabrics made from natural materials, ie cotton and linen.   Iron on (or fusible) interfacing is not suitable for any fabrics with a knapp, like velvet, cordurouy or fur because it will crush them.  It’s also unsuitable for sequinned fabric, vinyls and metallics because they are not designed to have direct heat applied to them or for lace or scrim because the nature of the open weave fabric means that glue will always seep out through the other side.  These fabrics are far more suited to a sew in interfacing as it will not affect the drape nearly as much.  Sew in interfacings are only normally used by professional dressmakers, along with linen interfacings that are used by tailors to add structure to coats and jackets.

Once you have decided on sew in or press in interfacing, you need to make a decision on the type.  Most popular is a non woven interfacing because it has no grain and is therefore suited to virtually any fabric.  However if you are sewing jersey, you will need a stretch fabric so that the garment retains its flexibility.  The basic rule is to match the interfacing so that its qualities are almost identical to the fabric that you are working with.  Indeed very lightweight summer cottons can get by with another piece of the fabric used as the structure layer. Interfacing also comes in a dark, charcoal shade and a creamy white and again, you need to match the colour, as far as possible to the colour of the cloth you are cutting.

 

 

 

To use iron on interfacing, first do a test on a scrap of fabric to see how it behaves, ie wrinkles, shrinks etc.

Lay the cut fabric wrong side up on an ironing board then place the interfacing shiny side down on top of it.  The shiny side has the glue on it.  Lay a damp pressing cloth over the top and gently lay on the iron, just using the weight and a pressing action.  Don’t move the iron around as this may disturb the layers of fabric.  Allow the everything to cool slightly then check to see if it’s adhered by trying to lift a corner.  Once in place it is not repositionable so make sure everything is accurate before you start.  Always use a wool setting for pressing unless it’s a really lightweight fabric in which case you can turn the iron up a little higher and never skip using a pressing cloth as it diffuses the direct heat and protects the fabric as well as the iron.

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Elephant Patchwork Quilting Classes

Our newest patchwork course is well under way in our Yeovil shop.  Having a dedicated teaching space enables us to offer you our sewing expertise in a small group where you can learn new skills and make new friends.elephant workshop wk 1 img3wk2 elephant workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see that all our ladies are happy and relaxed and busy creating some beautiful patchwork, all skillfully lead by our tutor.

 

 

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If you would like more information about our next course dates, please contact us on 01935 422631 or email us here https://www.livingstonetextiles.com/contact/

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LIVINGSTONES AT YEOVIL SHOW

20170714_144951We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show.  Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you.  It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. 20170714_181104 20170715_081431We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill.  Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. IMG_0094We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops.  We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. IMG_0099 (002)We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend.  And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.

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Creative Machine Embroidery Part 2 – 5 Week Course

Machine embroidery is creative process used to create pictures, baskets, cushions bags and all manner of sewn items. This 5 week course is the follow on course from creative machine embroidery part one. Develop your skills further in machine embroidery. Experiment with twin needles soluble fabrics, organzas, silks, velvets, beads, applique, stitches, colours and textures. All theses skills can be used to create your own unique artistic pieces.

For this course you must have completed embroidery part one.

For this course you will need to competent in using a sewing machine. Your machine must have feed dogs that can be lowered.

For the first lesson of this course you will need the following:-

 

  • Sewing machine in full working order with instruction manual and all of its sewing machine feet.

  • Basic sewing kit to include: dressmaking scissors, unpicker, pins, spare sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles, tailors chalk and a tape measure, ruler

  • An A4 book or ring binder with plastic wallets that you can keep a record of sewing techniques and samples

  • A free motion machine embroidery foot

  • A wooden embroidery hoop approx 18cm diametre

  • 1/2 metre of medium weight calico

  • Assorted threads (machine embroidery uses a lot of thread, so bring a good selection of colours with you. You may also wish to use metallic threads)

 

Duration: 5 weeks
Date: To be arranged
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £100.00
Tutor: Lynn Horniblow
Min: 4 people Max: 8 people

To register your interest please ring 01308 456844

 

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Creative machine embroidery part 1 – 5 week course

Machine EmbroideryMachine embroidery is creative process used to create pictures, baskets, cushions bags and all manner of sewn items.

 

In this 5 week course you will explore lots of different techniques that can be used develop your machine embroidery skills. Learn how to use applique, how to use disolvable fabric to create lace, experiment with stitch lengths, shading and colours. Machine embroidery is colourful and textural and you will have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials including organza, silk papers, satins and cottons.

 

For this course you will need to competent in using a sewing machine. Your machine must have feed dogs that can be lowered.

 

For the first lesson of this course you will need the following:-

 

  • Sewing machine in full working order with instruction manual and all of its sewing machine feet.

  • Basic sewing kit to include: dressmaking scissors, unpicker, pins, spare sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles, tailors chalk and a tape measure, ruler

  • An A4 book or ring binder with plastic wallets that you can keep a record of sewing techniques and samples

  • A free motion machine embroidery foot

  • A wooden embroidery hoop approx 18cm diametre

  • 1/2 metre of medium weight calico

  • Assorted threads (machine embroidery uses a lot of thread, so bring a good selection of colours with you. You may also wish to use metallic threads)

 

Duration: 5 weeks
Date: Dates to be arranged
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £100.00
Tutor: Lynn Horniblow
Min: 4 people Max: 8 people

If you would like to apply for this course, please complete the Application Form