I really love Vilene's G700 interlining. I use it in almost everything I sew these days. Sometimes I combine it with fusible fleece to provide an extra plushnes but not always.
It comes in both white and black colourways and is 90cm wide. It is described as giving a medium amount of support (by Vilene.). And it's a medium amount of support which still leaves your fabric nice and soft and drapey. It feels nice and soft... on one side anyway the adhesive side is a bit more granular feeling.
It may be useful to know that this is Vilene's equivalent to Pellon Shape-flex fusible woven SF-101.
It's a woven interlining which means that it has a straight of grain in the same way that fabric has. This means two things; one that if you match the straight of grain of the interlining with that of the fabric that you apply it to, it results in a soft, but supported drape. Secondly, if you place the straight of grain of the interlining across the straight of grain of the fabric you can limit the amount of movement in the fabric.... should you wish to. I can't think of a reason why you'd want to do that other than on fabrics where rough handling can stretch it out of shape. Any other reasons you can come up with, then please share.
As this interlining is fusible on one side you can iron it onto your fabric and it will stay put. Just follow the instructions and you shouldn't get into any trouble. One thing you should be wary off though is ensuring that there are no 'lint' or thread bits trapped between the interlining and the fabric or the outcome will be potentially 'sad'. It will be there forever a little lumpy bit of imperfection that you learn to live with. Otherwise, you can try to carefully peel the interlining off of the fabric (and if it's really had time to 'set' it may not cooperate) and retrieve it ... sometimes it will fuse back down successfully and sometimes it won't.
A really neat trick I picked up somewhere a while ago is to iron the fabric onto the fusible interlining before cutting out the pattern pieces. This way you get really neat edges so that the interlining isn't in danger of disguising your sewing edge leading to inaccurate matching and sewing of seams (shock, horror). However, sometimes when I'm sewing bags or pouches I don't want even this lovely interlining left in the seams as it can prevent them laying as 'flat' as I'd like them to. So then I cut the interlining separately and without the required seam allowance needed when cutting out the fabric. For example; if the seam allowance for the fabric pieces are 1/4 inch then I'd cut the interlining with an approximate 1/8th of an inch seam allowance. That way it is still sewn into the seams but isn't trying to push the fabric in ways I just don't want.
The vital statistics of G700 are as follows;
- It is suitable for light to medium weight fabrics
- Washable in temperatures up to 60 °C
- It retains its shape
How to apply the interlining
- It's simple to fuse the interlining to fabric with a steam iron (or lightly mist with water if you don't have a steam iron.)
- Iron setting: Cotton
- Place the interfacing with the coated side against the wrong side of the fabric.
- Glide the steam iron slowly over each area 6 or so times or cover with a damp cloth and press each area for about 12 seconds, without moving the iron (Protect the iron from contact with the 'adhesive' - use a pressing cloth or baking parchment.)
- Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 30 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly.
I used this interlining in this metal frame purse... just saying... I really do use it :)