Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tip of the Morning Tuesday: Heavy Weight Interfacing Tip

Hello friends, I am finally back to share a tip for my Tip of the Morning Tuesday, which I have been neglecting for a long time. Well I did say I wouldn't have a tip to share every Tuesday, but only when I came up with a good tip to share. So here is something I do a lot with heavy weight interfacing, foam stabilizers, and even batting (although I tend to sew the batting by hand, rather than machine).

Piece your interfacing or foam scraps together by machine to form a larger more usable piece. Since interfacing is hidden inside your bag, quilt, or other project you make, it makes sense to use up the scraps instead of throwing them out, especially since it won't be seen in the finished project. Here is what I do:
Here I have 2 scraps of heavy weight interfacing, such as Peltex, Timtex, etc. I need a larger piece for a wallet I am making, so I will piece them together to create a more usable piece of interfacing. 
If one side is uneven you will want to trim the interfacing in a straight line using a rotary cutter and ruler on your cutting mat. Once you have 2 straight sides, place them side-by-side pushing them together, then sew using a regular or fancy type of zigzag stitch to join the pieces together. Do not overlap the pieces or you will end up with a thick edge and the goal here is to make sure that the piece stays the same thickness throughout.
For demonstration purposes, I used a dark thread here so you can see, but you would use white thread or color to match your interfacing. I started on the left with a regular zigzag stitch and then changed to another zigzag style and then changed again just so you can see that any of these zigzag stitches will work to join the pieces together.  Now you have created a larger piece of interfacing and can cut it into the size that you need for your project. Once you cut it, go back and sew tack some stitches over any stitching that you might have cut, so that the piece doesn't come apart. Save those usable size scraps and you can piece together some more when you need them!
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10 comments:

  1. Great tip! I have done that with fleece and Soft and Stable, but had never tried it with Peltex (brain gap)! Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Great tip! I have done that with fleece and Soft and Stable, but had never tried it with Peltex (brain gap)! Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Great idea! I have lots of Thermolam scraps. I'll be using your idea.

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    1. Great idea to share Tip of the Morning Tuesday and this is a great way to not be wasteful. With the cost of supplies this is brilliant to be able to utilize more product. I like your zig zag options. Creative Tip Bliss...

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  4. this is a great idea, I have done it before and it also saves money, timtex is very expensive. I have used darker thread just to make it easier to know if I caught both sides. I love tip of the morning Tuesdays.
    tara

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  5. What a great tip Daryl!!! I do it all the time with fleece....never thought of this! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I have done this on many occasions with batting, but never with interfacing. Thanks!!!

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  7. I have a garbage bag full of scraps and just recently decided it was time to make good use of them! Thanks for your tips!! Nancy

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  8. Thanks for linking up. This is a great tip for all those little pieces collected. I've done it with regular batting but I never thought about doing it with interfacing.

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