Interlinings are out of sight, out of mind parts of a garment. For many, interlining is simply perceived as gauze-like fabric that is inserted into collars and cuffs to make these areas stiffer. Muriel Martinez, Sales Representative of Freudenberg, presented a room of 60 people at the TUKAcenter with further details on the importance of interlinings. The seminar was a huge success due to its high educational content. Attendees included manufacturers, freelance designers, students and their instructors. Many students came as part of a fieldtrip offered by their school. James Daren Clay, designer and FIDM professor brought many of his students and agreed that "The evening was terrific and of great value!"
Martinez began the seminar with a very informational video on interlinings. The video not only discussed the importance of interlining, such as providing shape and support in a garment, but also listed a number of considerations that must be made in choosing the right interlining. A few of these considerations include design, cost, handling, care instructions and post-production processing. The remainder of the video focused on the construction of interlinings: nonwovens, wovens, knitted or weft inserted.
Following the video presentation, it was Martinez's turn to intrigue the crowd. With 13 years of experience at Freundenberg, including first-hand experience with interlining tests, Martinez shared the secrets of how to do successful interlining tests and what to look for in a bad test. She passed around many samples of interlinings allowing the audience an up close and personal feel…"If Freudenberg is doing its job, you'll never see it or feel it. A fabric can retain its character and integrity, as the interlining prevents distortion of key areas." When asked about using one interlining for multiple fabrics, Martinez clarified that because fabrics are not all the same, using one interlining for all fabrics is not the most effective route.
Topics covered in the seminar are generally not detailed in schools so most of the attendees took the liberty of making notes as Martinez shared her knowledge of interlinings. One hand after another was raised to ask the endless questions about this "hidden component in a garment" that we call interlining. The seminar was nearly two hours with many people lingering afterwards, curious to know more. Because this seminar was a huge success and the demand for more was quite obvious, the TUKAcenter and Freudenberg have decided to hold many more seminars on a regular basis. Hosting this event was the TUKAcenter, also referred to as the Kinko's of the Sewn Goods Industry. The evening ended with the introduction of the TUKAcommunity - an information board bringing the fashion industry together and allowing TUKAcenter members to post their resumes as well as their services.
Visit the TUKAcenter at 1029 S. Broadway in downtown L.A., or call 213-746-3830 for more information on the TUKAcommunity or to sign up for TUKAcad classes. Also visit or call the TUKAcenter for more information on other upcoming seminars…. scheduled for March, "International Manufacturing Trends" the second in the series of seminars presented by Freudenberg.
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