Choosing the right interfacing is so important as we all know. I do not believe in an all purpose interfacing. The concept is counter-intuitive to my understanding of the purpose of interfacing. I have always chosen the interfacing for my project depending on the task it was expected to perform in the construction process or in the finished product. For instance, I might underline a silk tweed with GridWeft (more on that in a minute) but stabilize the buttonholes with patches of Armo Weft on top of the GridWeft and then crisp up the hems with a bit of sew-in hair canvas or a fusible poly/cotton, i.e. something with body. So I stock a number of different interfacing types in my personal resource center. However, one of my favorites has always been a gridlike fusible that works well with textured fabrics. We recently brought into stock our own version of this interfacing in 60″ wide goods. We think it is perfect for underlining and for detail interfacing on any fabric with texture from a fine pique to a nubby silk to a heavy yarn wool tweed.
Here’s a close up of a fused silk tweed that will show you why we like it so much for this type of fabric. You can see how the grid lines of the interfacing actually nestle into the texture of the fashion fabric. This is what makes the interfacing perfect for underlining, because it becomes one with the fabric. It has enough body to provide stability for shaping, but doesn’t overpower or flatten the loft or texture of a specialty weave. We love it! We’re selling it at three different price points. Click here for details.
If you have fabric that will ravel or fray, GridWeft is a great choice for stabilizing the yarns…Fuse the entire yardage before cutting your garment pieces.