What is Vilene Interfacing?
Vilene Interfacing is a fabric which is used as an extra layer in a garment to provide shape and support. They come in both non-woven and woven versions. A non-woven fabric means its not woven or knitted, but created with a web of fibres similar to felt. It comes in different colours (generally white, charcoal and black) and several weights and stiffnesses to suit different purposes. Generally the heavier the weight of your fabric, the heavier interfacing you will need. Most Vilene interfacings have a heat activated adhesive on one-side, and are known as 'iron-on' or 'fusible' interfacings. These are attached to the reverse side of garment pieces using heat and pressure from a hand iron.
Why use Vilene Interfacing?
Interfacing provides strength and stability to garment edges and details, giving your projects a more professional finish. It is used on entire garment pieces like collars, cuffs, lapels, facings, pockets and waistbands. It also reinforces and prevents stretching in areas such as in buttonholes, necklines and opening edges, acting to keep these areas of your garment crisp through repeated washings. Your dressmaking pattern should tell you if you need interfacing and how much. We have created a detailed list below of many of the Vilene interfacings available here at Minerva Crafts to help you select the right one for your project.
How do I use Vilene Interfacing?
You will generally find laundry care symbols printed along the edges of Vilene interfacing, showing the iron setting, plus pressing time and whether you also ned a damp cloth, but basically there are two methods;
Dry Heat Method
Lay the cut interfacing piece, adhesive side down, on the reverse side of the fabric piece. Set your iron to the correct temperature, do not use steam, and glide your iron over the interfacing for the stated amount of time, pressing down firmly as you iron. After ironing, lay the fused parts flat and allow them to cool for 20 to 30 minutes before you begin sewing to ensure the pieces have bonded securely.
Damp Cloth Method
Lay the cut interfacing piece, adhesive side down, on the reverse side of the fabric piece. Set your iron to the correct temperature, do not use steam, instead lay a damp pressing cloth over the top of the interfacing and fabric. Press down firmly on top of the pieces for the stated time, do not use a gliding action. After pressing, remove the pressing cloth and leave to cool as above.
Getting to Know Different Vilene Interfacings
This Iron On Light Softline Interfacing has light control and is suitable for small parts such as collars, cuffs, pockets and facings on dresses and blouses. It is easy to iron on and comfortable to wear. Available in colours black and white. 90cm wide and available by the metre or by the roll.
Use this interfacing on lightweight fabrics such cotton, polyester, silk and jersey.
Use the dry heat method to apply, with your iron on a wool setting. Glide iron over slowly 5 or 6 times. Washable at 40 degrees and dry cleanable.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works (example shown on a collar);
1) Lay the interlining onto the wrong side of the fabric (2 pieces).
2) Iron the interlining onto the fabric (2 pieces).
3) Lay the upper collar and undercollar on top of one another with the right sides facing and sew them together.
4) Cut out the corners and the seam allowance
5) Turn the collar inside out.
This soft versatile interfacing can be used on whole jacket fronts and small parts such as collars and pocket flaps. It has good shape-retaining qualities and is available in colours black and white. It is 90cm wide and available by the metre or by the roll.
This interfacing is suitable for light to medium weight fabrics such as wool, poplin, flannel, gabardine, satin and silk.
To apply, use the damp cloth method with an iron setting of wool/cotton. Press each area for 10-12 seconds.
This Iron On Light Easy Fuse Ultrasoft Interfacing is a soft interfacing with stabilising vertical threads, designed to give a traditional tailored effect. Suitable for whole jacket fronts, plus smaller parts such as collars, lapels, pocket flaps and slits. Retains perfect shape and is comfortable to wear. Available in colours black and white. It is 90cm wide and available by the metre or by the roll.
This interfacing is suitable for many fabrics from light to heavy weight, such as wool, gabardine, tweed, worsted, silk, satin or double jersey.
It is important to know with this interfacing when cutting out, the threads along the grain must follow the grain of the fabric. Use the damp cloth method, with your iron on a wool/cotton setting. Press each area for 10-12 seconds. Washable at 40 degrees and dry cleanable.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works (shown on a blazer front piece);
1) Cut out the blazer front part and the interlining. Lay the adhesive side of the interlining on the wrong side of the blazer front part.
2) Using a damp cloth, iron the interlining onto the front part step by step.
3) Attach the fused front part to the blazer.
This iron on interfacing is a soft, lightweight and bi-elastic woven interlining for small parts of blouses and dresses as well as for front parts of jackets, coats etc. made of lightweight and/or elastic outer fabrics. It is available in colours black, white and skin. It is 90cm wide and available by the metre or by the roll.
It is suitable for delicate, flowing fabrics such as silk, viscose, acetate and cupro. It is also suitable for stretch and sheer (transparent) fabrics.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
1) Like all interfacing made by Vilene, the interfacing is always cut in a lengthwise direction, and thereby follows the grain of the fabric.
2) Using a low heat – iron setting at wool/silk – first apply quickly to prevent any warping, then slowly glide the iron or cover the entire area with a damp cloth.
3) Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 30 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly.
This iron on woven interfacing is a medium weight, slightly brushed cotton interlining for front parts of jackets, coats etc. as well as for small parts. It is suitable for almost all medium to heavy weight fabrics - a great all rounder! is available in colours black and ecru (cream). It is 90cm wide and available by the metre or by the roll.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
1) Like all interfacings made by Vilene, the interfacing is always cut in a lengthwise direction, and thereby follows the grain of the fabric.
2) Place the interfacing with the coated side on the wrong side of the fabric. Cover with a damp cloth and press each area for about 12 seconds, without moving the iron. (Iron setting: Cotton).
3) Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 30 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly.
Here are some other products from Vilene you might not be aware of, but they can help greatly in creating a professional looking finish in your sewing and dressmaking projects.
Vilene Waist Shaper (Fold-a-Band)
A triple slotted tape ideal for waistbands. It is very easy to use, simply iron on your fabric and cut out. The slots give an accurate guide for folding and stitching. It gives a firm finish and is suitable for using with practically all fabrics. To apply, use the dry heat method with an iron setting of wool. Glide your iron slowly over each area 5-6 times, pressing firmly, so each area receives 8 seconds of heat. 
Available in black and white, 3 widths (25mm, 30mm and 35mm) and available either per metre or per roll. 
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
1) Lay cut strip of Waist Shaper onto the wrong side of the waistband.
2) Fuse the tape with an iron.
3) Fold over the waistband on the perforated line in the centre.
4) Sew the waistband onto the skirt.
A fast and easy transparent tape for invisibility fixing hems without sewing. Ideal for clothing, soft furnishings, crafts and applying trims. Extra strong Wundaweb is also available for heavy weight fabrics. Perfect for most fabrics. Use standard for light to medium weight fabrics and extra strong for medium to heavy weight fabrics.
To apply, press up a 40mm wide hem. Insert Wundaweb into hem fold so 4-5mm of fabric remains above and below; press in place using the damp cloth method with an iron setting of wool/cotton. Press down on each area for 10 seconds.
This Vilene product is perfect to protect your seams against fraying and puckering when sewing stretch T-shirt fabric by using iron-on Vilene Seam Tape. Available in Charcoal and White.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
1) Lay the Seam Tape along the cut edges on the wrong side of the fabric.
2) Fuse the Seam Tape with an iron.
Vilene Edge Tape is designed for strengthening the grain, stabilising fabric and protecting against stretching, e.g. for front edge on jackets and coats, lapel break, armholes, etc. Available in black and white.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
Lay out to the desired shape and lightly iron, about 8 seconds in each area. For rounded edges, crimp the tape into small pleats and press into the desired shape.
Do not cut notches as this could cause the stabilising strengthened grain to fray.
Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 20 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly.
And here is how you would use it to strengthen the front of a jacket;
1) Lay edge tape on the shoulder and lapel fold of interlining that has already been fused.
2) Fuse the edge tape with an iron.
The quick helper for every purpose! Vilene Edgefix is ideal for accurate button borders, cuff bands, slits, seams, pockets and facings on blouses, dresses as well as the effortless reversing of internal seams on jackets and coats. Available in Black and White.
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
Place the interfacing with the coated side on the wrong side of the fabric.
With a dry iron slowly glide over each area 5 – 6 times, so that each area is exposed to the heat for approx. 8 seconds.
Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 20 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly.
Here is a guide to show you how to use Vilene Edgefix as the perfect aid for pocket flaps on blazer jackets;
1) Lay strips of Edgefix next to one another on the wrong side of the pocket flap cut on the fold.
2) Fuse the Edgefix with an iron.
3) Fold the pocket flap along the folding line with the right sides facing.
4) Sew the outer seams together.
5) Turn the pocket flap inside out and sew it onto the blazer.
Vilene Bias Tape is a flexible iron-on, grain-reinforced bias binding for finishing all rounded and diagonal edges. It is ideal for use on almost all fabrics for the securing and finishing of all rounded and diagonal edges. It is a very versatile product and can be used on Clothing, e.g. tops, T-Shirts, blouses, waistcoats, dresses, home decor, e.g. table cloths, swags. It has a Chain stitch running down the length of the tape which prevents stretching of the edge.
Here is how you would use it to secure the round cut edge of a T-shirt sleeve;
1) Remove the T-shirt sleeves.
2) Put Bias Tape on the round edges.
3) Fuse the Bias Tape with an iron.
4) Sew the sleeves onto the T-shirt again.
Bondaweb is a transparent double sided adhesive on a paper backing for fast and easy applique on clothing, soft furnishings and other crafts. No shifting when stitching around edges. It is suitable for most fabrics, and also raffia, cardboard, paper, wood and, at lower temperatures, leather. 
Here's a step by step guide on how it works;
1) Trace your motif back-to-front on the Bondaweb and put it onto the wrong side of the fabric.
2) Fuse Bondaweb with an iron.
3) Cut out your motif accurately and peel off the paper.
4) Put the cut motif onto the right side of the outer fabric.
5) Use an iron to fuse the motif onto the outer fabric.
All of these Vilene Products and the rest of the range are available from Minerva Crafts.