How to Remove Fusible Interfacing

applied to your fabric, it may be permanent.

But if you’re in a desperate situation (you’ve used up all your fabric and can’t get anymore to cut
another piece from), this technique may be worth a try. It may not work without causing some
damage to your fabric (especially if it’s a fine, delicate fabric) and it may not work for all fusible
interfacings. And it can be a tedious process. So you’ll need to decide for yourself if it’s worth it to you.

How to remove fusible interfacing

    Hold your steam iron over your fused fabric piece, interfacing side up, for about ten seconds.
    Your goal is to soften the adhesive.

    Gently peel the interfacing off while your piece is still warm. Since your fabric may be hot, be
    careful not to burn your fingers. It may help to use your fingernail to scrape the interfacing off.

    If the interfacing is still difficult to remove, place your iron lightly on top of your fabric piece for
    another ten seconds. Try again to peel it off. Repeat this as many times as necessary until the
    glue becomes soft enough for the interfacing to peel off easily.

    If there is any adhesive remaining on your fabric, take a lightweight scrap of fabric and dampen
    it. Place it over your fabric piece, press it with your iron, then immediately peel it off. Repeat this
    process as many times as necessary to remove any remaining residue, using a new fabric piece
    each time.

    You can also try removing the residue by dabbing your fabric with rubbing alcohol. Test the
    alcohol on a scrap of your fabric first to make sure it won’t damage it.
You've adhered your fusible interfacing to your
fabric and now you’re ready to go on to your next
sewing step.

Then you realize you just fused the interfacing to
the wrong (meaning right!) side of your fabric. Or
that the interfacing is crooked. Or that you forgot
to trim away the interfacing’s seam allowances. Or
that the interfacing is too stiff for your fabric. So
you want to take the interfacing off and start
over. Can you?


Interfacing was meant to form a permanent bond
with your fabric – to last through many washings,
dryings, and wearings. Therefore, once it’s been
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