One of the biggest things that I learned at this year’s Quilt Market (other than “wear comfortable shoes!) is that while many crafters, quilters and sewers are familiar with Pellon® and regularly use our products, most are not aware of how wide our product range actually is. You might use our Shape-Flex® daily, but have never heard about our laminates. You could also be going through bolts of Wonder-Under®, but haven’t heard a thing about our incredible line of Legacy™ battings. We’ve been working to expand our line, much more aggressively so over the past few years, and we’ve making changes that are helping to improve the understanding and accessibility of those products.
So, let’s get started! Did you know that Pellon® has conveniently segmented its product line to match various usages, helping the consumer (you) to find exactly what it is that you’re looking for? As a new sewer, I’ll admit that I’m a bit romanced by the whole idea. It makes finding what I’m looking for that much easier and also helps in my discovery of new products. I’m cheating with this intro post a bit, since it can also be found on our FAQ page, but I thought it might be good to start with a little segmentation overview. We’ll go deeper into product affiliations, uses & ideas in later posts.
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Q: What do the different colors on Pellon® Products mean?
A: Each color on a package or label refers to a different product usage as it relates to your project needs. This system helps identify the correct product easily. The segments with affiliated colors are as follows:
– Interfacing shapes, supports, and stabilizes detail areas of a garment such as collars, facings, waistbands, pockets, etc. In jackets and coats, you may even fuse the entire front or use a variety of products to get a professional result. It can make the difference between a garment looking and feeling good in wear, or feeling stiff rigid and uncomfortable. Without interfacing, a garment can be limp and lifeless.
– Features Basic, Luxury Fusible and Specialty varieties.
– In craft and home décor projects, it is important to use the right stabilizer or fleece. This range of products lends itself to projects of all kinds. They are intended to strengthen and stabilize as well as add to the design process in some way
– Features Stabilizers, Tracing Cloths, & Mixed Media.
– In the quilting category, the products included are those that are used to assist in the design or to add weight or warmth to the final quilted project.
– Features Fleece, Quilting Aids & Batting.
– Fusible Webs are heat-activated interfacings and stabilizers that can fuse fabric to fabric or any other porous surface, such as cardboard or wood. In essence, the fusible webs act as a “glue” between the two surfaces that is applied with a steam iron. One of the newest varieties in our line is an iron on vinyl!
– Features Paper-backed, No-backing, & Laminates.
– Embroidery backings and toppings are used to stabilize fabric during machine and hand embroidery to avoid stretching and distortion. There are several types of embroidery stabilizers which are chosen based on your fabric type.
– Features Tear-Away, Cut-Away, and Wash-Away varieties.
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Over the next few weeks, we’ll dig a little deeper into the basics of interfacing, after which we’ll start to introduce each product in the Pellon® line. Are you excited?? We are;).