Well folks, an important lesson has been learned tonight: I know nothing about interfacing!
Today was the day to prepare and attach the neck facing to the dress. When I attached the interfacing to the neck facing on day 1 I used light fusible web that I use for quilting. I adhered it to one side and then pulled the paper off the other side leaving the interfacing tacky.
Things went all sorts of downhill today because of this. I don’t know if I should have left the paper on or if there is another type of interfacing I should have been using entirely! Apparently I should have looked into this first. Not only could I not sew over the sticky parts because they jammed up my machine, but I also had problems with pressing, my interfacing stuck to itself and made a mess.
Let’s see some photographic evidence!
Here is the prepared neck facing, looks innocent enough:
Then I sewed the shoulder seems and attached the neck facing. I got through the sewing problems by putting some freezer paper over the tacky interfacing and sewing right through it and tearing it off after.
Then I flipped the neck facing over and pressed it towards the front. The problem is that the interfacing was sticking to itself so I got creases in the neck facing that I can’t remove. I did my best to smooth them out and unfortunately this is the best I could do:
Can you see the creases? Maybe this shows them better:
Despite the creases I kept trucking since I would have had to start over at the beginning to fix the problem and I figured no one will notice in the finished product, so I went ahead and top stitched the neck facing down.
Lesson learned! If you have any interfacing wisdom to share with me I would appreciate it.