What is Pellon Fabric: Understanding Your Sewing Essentials

Pellon is a leading brand known for manufacturing interfacing materials that provide structure, stability, and reinforcement to fabrics[1]. Interfacing is a non-woven fabric made from synthetic fibers like polyester or a polyester-cotton blend, available in various weights and thicknesses[1][2].

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The primary function of Pellon interfacing is to give support and shape retention to fabrics, enhancing their drape, structure, and durability[1]. It is used as an inner layer in areas like collars, cuffs, waistbands, belts, etc. to provide crispness and structure[1][2]. Key benefits include stability, ease of use, and accessibility[1].

Pellon offers a range of fusible and non-fusible (sew-in) interfacings for apparel, crafts, quilting and more[3][12]. Fusible versions have adhesive on one side to bond to fabrics with heat from an iron, while sew-in types are stitched into the garment[2][7]. Products cater to light, medium and heavy weight fabrics[6][11].

Selecting the Right Pellon Interfacing

Choosing interfacing depends on the fabric weight/type and desired firmness[2][13]. Considerations include:

  • Fusible vs. sew-in – personal preference and fabric type[2]
  • Weight – lightweight, midweight or heavyweight based on fabric[2][6]
  • Stretch – for stretch wovens and knits[6]
  • Specialty – embroidery, quilting, apparel, home décor, etc. [3][12]

It’s best to pre-test interfacing on a fabric swatch before use[8]. Fusing requires an iron on low heat with steam, pressure and 10-15 seconds of contact time[8][13]. Always follow manufacturer guidelines.

History and Availability

The Pellon brand was created in the 1930s and trademarked in 1950 when the new non-woven fabrication method revolutionized interfacings[9]. The name combines “pelos” meaning hair, and “lon” from nylon[9].

Today, Pellon interfacing is widely available at fabric/craft stores globally and online[1][10]. Known for quality and performance combined with easy accessibility, Pellon maintains a strong reputation and presence across the sewing community[1].

[1] https://www.textileglossary.com/terms/pellon.html
[2] https://www.joann.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-JoAnn-Site/Sites-joann-project-catalog/-/images/hi-res/project/pdf/P012982PellonInterfacingGuide.pdf
[3] https://www.pellonprojects.com/products-categories/interfacing/
[4] https://cameo.mfa.org/wiki/Pellon
[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRq2mt7X-g0
[6] https://www.threadsmagazine.com/project-guides/learn-to-sew/a-handy-chart-of-fusible-and-sew-in-interfacings
[7] https://www.joann.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-joann-project-catalog/default/dw74fad30e/images/hi-res/project/pdf/0565874P6.pdf
[8] https://www.pellonprojects.com/products/plf36-fusible-interfacing/
[9] https://www.pellonprojects.com/about/about-us/history/
[10] https://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/Pellon-Interfacings-Stabilisers.html
[11] https://www.pellonprojects.com/shop/sew-in/pellon-p45-lightweight-sew-in-interfacing/
[12] https://www.onlinefabricstore.com/brand-pellon.aspx
[13] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElR4tSFELQI

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