:: Pellon 101 — Part 3 ::

Week 3 — Part 3 and we’re getting into the nitty gritty;). This week, we’re delving into the segmentations to give you a better idea of what types of products are in the Pellon® line & what they do. Kicking it all off?


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Interfacing shapes, supports, and stabilizes the 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 has a huge effect on the appearance of a garment and can be the difference between feeling good in wear, or feeling stiff, rigid and uncomfortable. Without interfacing, a garment is more likely to be limp and lifeless. In the area of apparel interfacings, there are three major categories: basic, luxury fusible, and specialty.

Easy to use products, great for all skill levels.

Luxury Fusibles
Exclusive fusible interfacings that cater to a more experienced and quality minded consumer.

Interfacings used mostly in clothing, featuring a specialty use not found in other apparel interfacings.

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Next week we’ll jump in to the area of Crafts & Home Décor. See you then;).

** Psssst. Thought you might like to know that at the end of this series, we’ll offer a free downloadable print out with all the information you’ll need to select the right Pellon® products for your projects!

:: Pellon 101 — Part 2 ::

Hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend! This week we’re rolling right into part two of Pellon 101. If you missed the first in the series, have no fear! Head here, catch up and follow along. We’ll be at this throughout June and yes, we’re still excited. So much Pellon® to gush about!

Let’s tackle some interfacings basics!

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Pellon 101 — Part 2

All About Interfacing
Choosing just the right interfacing is key to a project’s appearance and performance. The process is part science, part tradition, part personal preference – and admittedly bewildering to many home sewers, crafters and quilters.

Fusible or Sew-In?
Interfacings are generally classified as fusible or sew-in. The choice between a fusible and a sew-in interfacing depends on the fabric, the degree of firmness desired, and personal preference.  Fusibles are great time savers as they have an adhesive on one side that can be activated by your iron.  They’re easy to work with and compatible with most fabrics.  They will make a fabric slightly crisper than a sew-in interfacing of comparable weight.

The majority of Pellon® interfacings and craft materials are nonwoven. Nonwovens are made directly from fibers that are bonded together using several different methods to form a “fabric”. Nonwovens can be formed in a variety of ways such as spunbonded, thermal or chemically (binder) bonded or needle punched.  Each of these applications can give a nonwoven a particular “hand” which determines whether it is firm or soft, stretchy or stable (or a combination of more than one characteristic).

note: Other Pellon® interfacings can be woven, knitted, or weft inserted.

Nonwovens can be stable (little give in any direction – generally used in craft and home décor applications); have crosswise stretch (stable in one direction – used most often in apparel construction) or all-bias (which has stretch in all directions).

Nonwovens have little or no shrinkage. They can be washed or dry-cleaned and they will not ravel. Generally, Pellon® interfacings do not need to be pre-shrunk. There are only one or two exceptions. Refer to the instructions that are included with each product for information and care instructions. We do always recommend pre-washing your fabrics to pre-shrink as well as to remove any finishes that may be on the fabric that could interfere with the fusing process.

ALWAYS PRE-TEST ANY FUSIBLE.  To pre-test – cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of your fabric.  Cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of interfacing.  Fuse only half of the square per the instructions included with the fusible.  Allow fabric to cool. Evaluate the bond.  The interfacing should be firmly attached to the fashion fabric.  If not, more heat, time or pressure may be needed.  A different product or a sew-in style can also be considered.   Evaluate the surface of the fabric.  It should be smooth/unchanged.  If not, the interfacing may be too heavy for the fabric or the iron was too hot during fusing.  If the fabric seems to crisp or heavy, change to a lighter weight or a sew-in.  If the fabric seems too limp, consider a crisper interfacing or add a second layer of interfacing.

Note:  Home iron temperatures vary.  Test fusing will help you determine the best setting for your iron and fabric.  In turn Hand Held Steamers will NOT bond interfacing to the fabric.

Packaging and Availability
While most Pellon® interfacing products are sold by the yard, we have recently introduced a new line of packaged products expanding our line.

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Next up? We’ll delve deeper into the segmentations with all sorts of info on what’s available from the Pellon® product line!

:: Pellon 101 — Part 1 ::

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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Pellon 101

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;).

:: Tuesday Tips — May 15 ::

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about this week’s tip! You see… it’s not just your run-of-the-mill, regular old written tip. No, this one is live-action! Brought to you by our very own interfacing expert, we’re happy to give an easy tutorial for how to create an invisible Wonder-Under® Hem.

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The products behind the magic? Pellon®’s easy-to-use, newly packaged Wonder-Under® and Wonder-Under® Tape. Go grab yours today!

:: Tuesday Tips — May 8 ::

This week, we’re back to batting! Perhaps you’ve got a new Spring quilt project in mind? Perhaps it’s not just any quilt, but a quilt for a little loved one? Well, we’re here to help!

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Q: What is the best batting to use for a baby quilt?

A: The answer is that there are a few excellent selections.

We’ll start with Cotton. Many quilters use 100% cotton for its softness and durability. When soaked in advance, there is no need to worry that it will shrink after multiple washings, something that will prove VERY handy as all you moms out there know! Also, the cotton will continue to soften over time, while retaining its strength.

If you’re you’re looking for a safety-conscious alternative, you may want to try Legacy™ by Pellon®’s 100% Rayon Flame Retardant Batting. It is soft, smooth, absorbent, and lightweight, making it an especially excellent choice for little ones in warm climates. It is non-irritating to the skin and is resistant to combustion. In the case of ignition, it will not flare, burn, stick or drip, nor will it emit toxic fumes. Combine the softness with the safety features and it may just be the perfect batting for a baby quilt.

Lastly, our batting expert shares that some quilters also prefer the Bamboo/Cotton Blend and the Soy/Cotton Blend for their antimicrobial qualities. One creative gal even used the soy blend to make cloth diapers. Both of these batting blends are needle-punched onto a stabilizer called ‘scrim binder’, so repeated washing won’t damage the shape, strength or durability.

For a bit more info on our battings as well as some helpful info, click here.

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We want to know: What batting will you use for your next baby quilt and why?

Happy Quilting!

:: Tuesday Tips — May 1 ::

Happy May! It’s hard to believe that another Spring month has flown by! May is the month of flowers, of celebrating our moms and of course, it’s the month of Quilt Market in Kansas City! Who’s going? Where do we find you? We’ll be there and we can’t WAIT! We’ll have more posts on all that leading up to the big weekend, but we want to find out which of your lovely faces we’ll get to greet when we’re there. Leave us a note in the comments:).

This week, we’re offering advice for what we hope is a more uncommon problem, though we’re sure that a few of you have experienced it.

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Q. “My test swatch looks very wrinkled; almost like an orange-peel – what does this mean?”

A. It can mean one of two things.  First, your interfacing may just be too heavy for your fabric.  You may want to try a lighter weight interfacing and be sure to test on another fabric sample before moving forward with your full project. Second, your fabric may be shrinking, causing it to look wrinkled.  Try pre-washing your fabric again or perhaps use a lower fusing temperature to apply the interfacing. If you’re experiencing these issues and need additional suggestions or support, please feel free to contact Customer Service. Our interfacing expert is here to help!!

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BONUS: Have you seen Jo-Ann‘s awesome video that gives some helpful hints for selecting the best interfacing for your project? Take a peek! We’re loving it!

:: Tuesday Tips — April 24 ::

Today’s tip addresses a question we’ve seen a lot of lately. We’ll have more of these to come — those awesome little nuggets to help you out in a crafting crisis at 1am!

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Q: “I accidentally put a piece of interfacing (or appliqué) in the wrong place.  Can I remove it?”

A: The short answer is that our fusibles are intended to be permanent.  That said, there is often a work-around or a potential fix! If you have not completely fused the piece you may be able to remove most, if not all, of the adhesive from your project.

– Heat up the interfacing (or appliqué) with your iron without pressing down. Make sure you’re working from the side with the interfacing.

– While it is still warm (be careful as it will be hot), gently pull the appliqué or interfacing up from one corner.

– If you have adhesive left on the area there is a product called “Carbona® Spot Remover for Glue and Adhesive.”  (This can be found in most supermarkets or mass merchant stores in the laundry aisle.)

– Follow directions on the bottle, being careful to pre-test for color-fastness, etc.

– This product will cause the adhesive to “gum up” allowing for easier removal.

– You can also try ironing a dryer sheet over the area as it will often pick up some additional adhesive.

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Happy Crafting from our resident Pellon® expert!

(**editor’s note: I, erin@pellon, am not the expert!)

:: Tuesday Tips – April 17 ::

Today’s tip should give you the hand you need to finish up that first quilt of Spring. You know… the one with the fabulously colorful prints that you’ve been looking forward to creating all Winter? So, take a peek, finish it up, bring that exquisite piece of art outside into that fresh Spring air, snap a photo and post it on our Facebook page. That’s right… we love sharing!! 😉

Blocking a Quilt
Once a quilt is completed it is often beneficial to block it, as you might with a knit sweater. To get started, you’ll want to very lightly dampen the quilt. Lay it out on a flat surface, like a clean floor. The purpose in blocking is to allow the fibers to return to their natural state or position. If the quilt was made properly, it will easily become squared and lay flat.  Use a large cutting ruler to position the corners and ‘square them’. Then use a long straight ruler or yard stick to position or straighten the sides.  Pin this in place and allow to air dry. The quilt will drape/lay nicely and remain in this condition.

:: Tuesday Tips – April 10 ::

This week we address one of those pesky, mid-project problems. Imagine this… You’re in the middle of a project and you’re working with one of Pellon®’s fusible interfacings. Everything is going well until the dog barks, distracting you just enough so that you end up with a bit of adhesive on your iron. Have no fear! There is an easy solution.

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Q: “I got adhesive on my iron.  What do I do?”

A: To remove any fusible residue from your iron, we recommend that you use a Hot Iron Cleaner, a product that can be found on the notions wall of your local fabric or quilt store. It is a thick cream that is applied to your iron. Be sure to follow the directions carefully as this product is applied to a HOT iron and we don’t want you to get burned!  If you do a lot of fusing, we would recommend that you purchase a silicone sole plate like Iron-Safe® that fits over the bottom of your iron. Iron-Safe® can be found in many local fabric shops or you can order one online right here.

Problem? SOLVED!

Happy Tuesday!

:: Tuesday Tips – April 3 ::

This week, learn what to do with those leftover batting scraps!! Use everything – waste nothing;).

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Use your leftover batting scraps (with scrim binder – stabilizer) for use in new craft projects.

Your batting leftovers are perfect for creating soft sculptures. Batting can be easily dyed using kool-aid or various types of store-bought permanent dyes to get your desired color. The sculpture will have the softness of the batting partnered with the stability of the scrim binder which provides enough strength to hold pieces together in the wash. Fiber flowers are a great place to start! For a bit of inspiration, check out our Flower Brooch tutorial.

Other ideas:
– Try mixing your dyed batting remnants with dyed wool to use in folk art appliqué.
– Keep your batting’s natural color and use it to make miniature snowmen for cute holiday-themed decorations.
– Cut out geometrical shapes from your dyed batting remnants, arrange in a cluster and sew to craft a fashion forward bib necklace.

Batting lends great texture to any project.