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 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.
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How to Remove Fusible Interfacing