The second most asked question in the t-shirt quilt groups is whether to use interfacing to stabilize the t-shirts. As with the first most asked question you will get 20 answers. Ten people will say yes and ten people will say no.
What is the correct answer? Quilters interface the t-shirts for a lot of reasons. One reason is that interfaced t-shirts are easier to sew together. You can definitely sew faster. This will not be an issue if you only make a couple t-shirt quilts a month. You have the luxury of time. If you are making over 10 t-shirt quilts a month it is an issue. Each quilt will take longer to make. Time is money.
Yes it costs money to use interfacing. The cost is off-set by the time you save. Not only will time be saved sewing the quilt top but the quilting will go faster. The t-shirt quilt will be flatter and look better too!
Several people float the idea of starching the t-shirts instead of using interfacing. This is a bad idea. You want to handle the t-shirts as little as possible. You increase the possibility of damaging the shirts the more you handle them (starch, wash, iron).
Is it worth the risk?
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If you are interested in learning more about interfacing t-shirts for quilts this article goes over the benefits.
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