If you have ever wondered how some totes made on sewing machines always seem to stand up straight and hold their shape, you are not alone. It is one of those great mysteries that leaves many sewists enviously questioning the best ways to achieve the same results.
What Is Flexible Foam Interfacing?
Flexible foam interfacing or fusible foam stabilizer is a type of fabric interfacing used to provide firmness and stability to certain fabric projects you create on your sewing machine. It consists of a thin layer of flexible foam that is sandwiched between two thin layers of soft tricot.
This interfacing is available in a number of varieties and colors including a type that is sewn and a kind that is fusible on one or both sides. It is made in different thicknesses that provide varying amounts of support to each project. It is washable, shrink-proof, and will retain its shape after being bent, folded, and crushed.
What Can Flexible Foam Interfacing Be Used For?
Flexible foam interfacing is used to provide support and create the shape in projects that are stitched on machines like the Janome 7330 where fabric alone will cause the item to collapse. It is most commonly used to make handbags and tote bags; however, it can be used anytime a project requires structure and shape.
Some of the items made using this interfacing include professional-looking purses, cute stand-up lunch totes, padded cosmetic bags, and even fabric baskets. It is perfect for making laptop or tablet pouches, notebook and planner covers, accessory pouches, zipper bags, and other useful household items.
Although flexible foam interfacing is similar to fleece interfacing, many sewists find flexible foam their preferred option. Fleece interfacing tends to crumple or bunch up between fabric layers and lose its shape or settle over time. Flexible foam interfacing remains sturdy and doesn't settle, even after being washed.
How Is Flexible Foam Interfacing Used?
Flexible foam interfacing can either be stitched in or fused onto the fabric depending on the type you use. Stitch-in interfacing is cut the size of each pattern piece, pinned into place, and then sewn on your Janome sewing machine so that it is sandwiched between the main fabric. This process is similar to sewing a fabric sandwich together when making a quilt.
Fusible interfacing must be adhered by dampening the adhesive, laying the fabric on top, then gently pressing for a few seconds until the adhesive fuses to the fabric. Check the instructions first since each type and thickness may require a different method to ensure it correctly adheres.
Either way you choose to apply flexible foam interfacing, it is easy to use when making projects on your sewing machine that need shape and support. Flexible foam interfacing is available in a wide variety of choices for many different uses. It is a product that will help you explore your creative side when working on Janome sewing machines like the versatile Janome 7330. Prepare to be amazed at all the things you can make with this great product!