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How to Rescue Wrinkled Interfacing...

(Because I STILL have not been able to any sewing, I've decided to share this article with again. It was first written in 2010)

 I think we all have good intentions, and try to keep our interfacing perfectly folded in a drawer or neatly rolled on tubes. But how many times have you reached for a piece of interfacing only to find a wrinkled mess like this...
Like me, probably more than once. 

Luckily there is an easy fix, and it starts at your grocery store. 
Or perhaps you already have it in your pantry... 
Baker's Parchment Paper!

First, roll out a length of  the Parchment Paper onto your ironing board or other pressing surface...and secure it with a few glass-head pins (or other pins that will not melt).

Next, Place your wrinkled interfacing GLUE SIDE DOWN onto the Parchment Paper. Then with your DRY iron set on on a LOW setting, slowly slide the warm iron over the wrinkles.
You will see the wrinkles disappear as you slowly move the iron.
The interfacing does not stick to the slippery Parchment Paper at all. Then move the next section of wrinkled interfacing onto the paper and iron it. Since the iron is set below the  temperature needed to melt the fusible resin, the interfacing is not adversely affected at all. 

When you are finished, your once wrinkled interfacing is flat and smooth again, and ready to fuse to your fabric!

You may download a *Free* PDF of this article...by going to the TUTORIALS page at www.FashionSewingSupply.com . 
(It is the 4th tutorial on the page)

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Blogger Meg said...

Yup, that photo looks exactly like my interfacing. Thanks for the tip, Pam!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

Interesting! I have never tried the parchment approach. I usually give it a light steam with my garment steamer. That seems to work, but I've wondered if it would have an adverse effect on the glue. Any thoughts about that Pam?

5:02 PM  
Blogger Sigrid said...

Did you know I was just wondering about a solution to this just a few days ago? Thank you so much for a wonderful tip.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

Ann, I've tried light steaming too but sometimes had problems with the resin "striking through" when the interfacing was fused. Also, sometimes the steamer would "blow" the interfacing over/onto itself, and I ended up with a mess :-( This way just works better for me...

5:35 PM  
Blogger meredithp said...

What a great idea! A head slapping moment. I do try to roll my interfacing, but every so often...a wad.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Theresa in Tucson said...

Dearest Pam, you are a mind reader. I was getting ready to send you an e-mail asking how to unwrinkle interfacing after it comes out of the mailing parcel. I just knew there was a common sense method. Thank you so much. You have made my day.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Ann Made Studio said...

Thank you for this great information!

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam you are amazing............
BTW, I'm absolutely in love with the Pro Tailor interfacing. The Best Interfacing

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very helpful. Thank you!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

What a great idea! As I was reading, my mind jumped ahead and I actually thought you were gonna tell us to STORE the interfacing by rolling it up in the parchment paper. Hmmmm...

10:11 PM  
Blogger S Sews said...

Wow! Thanks for this great tip - I must admit I've usually counted it as a loss when it had become wrinkled. Thanks!

10:57 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

What a wonderful tip. Thank you!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

When did you take a picture of my interfacing in my sewing? Ha ha! thanks for the tip.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Houkje said...

One of the best tips I've had in a long time! Will have to try that this weekend! Thanks Pam.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

This is a great tip!!! I'm always forgetting to buy interfacing and then scavenging for it. The piece I need always ends up being at the bottom of the bin.

I posted a link to your tip on Craft Gossip Sewing:


10:18 AM  
Blogger ms.clark said...

thank you so much for this tip.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, thank you so much for the tip. I've just started a new job in a college Theatre Wardrobe and there is a box full of wrinkled and crinkled interfacing that just made me sigh to look at, but now I can make it all usable, and I'll be printing your tip to keep as reference for the students. Marvelous!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Fabulous tip! thanks, Pam.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would parchment paper be the equivilent to baking paper (lining baking trays etc) here in Australia

4:13 AM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

Susie... yes I believe so, as the product I use is also called "baker's parchment". If you click on the photo that shows the box the parchment comes in, you'll see more details about it :)

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tip - Thanks!!

1:00 PM  

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