Interlining: Types, Functions, Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

Last Updated on 11/03/2021

Interlining: Types, Functions, Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

Md. Ferdus Alam
Department of Textile Engineering
Southeast University


Interlining is a very important in apparel manufacturing. Interlining is one kind of accessories that is used between the two layers of fabric in a garment. To keep the different component or part of apparel in a desired shape, a kind of fabric is used between the two ply of fabric by sewing or fusing is called interlining. Generally, interlinings are soft, thick, and flexible. It is made cotton, nylon, polyester, wool and viscose. Sometimes finishing is necessary to improve its properties i.e. shrink resist finish, crease resist finish. There are different types of interlining are used in different garments.

Fig: Iinterlining

Purposes of Interlining

1. To make sewing easier and to increase throughput

  1. Since the speed of sewing machines is very high, the material must be in perfect structure and shape before sewing. Therefore, the operator efficiency could improve. Suppose if interlining is fused onto the material. It keeps its shape, therefore saving time and labour.

2. Maintaining shape and improving appeal of the garment

  1. The interlining fabric improves the garment appearance while preserving the form of the garment.

3. Making a functional, easy to wear product

  1. By the use of a permanent press method, the sewing of garments becomes easy and a good quality product is made, which is easy to care and easy to wear. The main objective of pressing is to enhance the look and durability of the garment shape.

Functions of Interlining:

  1. To support the garment.
  2. To control the shape of the garment.
  3. To control the area of the apparel.
  4. To reinforce the components of the garment.
  5. To make the apparel beautiful, strong and attractive.
  6. To ensure the anticipated look, quality and effect of the fabric.
  7. To improve garment performance.

Uses of Interlinings:
Interlining is generally used in collar, cuffs, waist band, front facing of coat, outerwear plackets, jackets, blazers etc.

Types of Interlining:

Types of interlinings
Fig: Types of interlining

There are mainly two types of interlining are as follows:

  1. Sewn interlining or non-fusible interlining.
  2. Fusible interlining.

Non-fusible Interlining:
The interlining which is used between two layers of fabrics directly by sewing without heat and pressure is called non-fuse interlining. This type of interlining is also called sewn interlining or non-fusible interlining. For the preparation of sewn interlining a piece of fabric is treated with starch and allowed to dry and finally sewn with main fabric.

Non-fusible interlining
Fig: Non-fusible interlining

Non fuse interlining is used for special case. The application field is given below:

  • Non-fuse interlining use in “Flame Retardant” apparel.
  • It is used for making apparel for fire service people.
  • It also use for making safety apparels for the peoples who works in re-rolling mills.
  • Specially used in embroidery machine.

Advantages of Non-fusible Interlining:

  1. To make flame retardant garments.
  2. Simple and easy technique.
  3. No elaborate machine is required.
  4. Possible to use in steel or re-rolling or highly heated industry.

Disadvantages of Non-fusible Interlining:

  1. Quality is not good.
  2. Not suitable for large production.
  3. Not available in market.
  4. More time required.
  5. High work load & labor cost.

Fusible Interlining:
It is the most used interlining. The interlining which is used between two layers of fabrics by applying heat and pressure for a certain time is called Fusible Interlining. Fusible interlining is used for all kinds of apparel. Also it is used in “Ready to wear” and “Bespoke garment”. It is very popular. The fusible interlinings improve the appearance of finished garments through,

  • Stabilisation and control of crucial regions of the garment.
  • Strengthening of particular design features.
  • Without much change in the draping quality of the top cloth.
  • Maintaining the crisp and fresh look of the base fabric.

Advantages of Fusible Interlining:

  1. To get similarities among the apparel. Interlining gives the same outlook of the apparel.
  2. Fusible interlining is available in the market.
  3. Application process is very easy.
  4. It has high productivity.
  5. Fusing time is less.
  6. It is cheap.
  7. Performance is very good.

Disadvantages of Fusible Interlining:

  1. High temperature is required.
  2. Special care is needed during attaching interlining.

Types of fusible interlining:
On the basis of resin coating and its properties fusible interlining can be classified as follows:

  1. Polyethylene coated interlining
  2. Polyamide coated interlining
  3. PVC coated interlining
  4. Polyester coated interlining
  5. Polypropylene coated interlining
  6. PVA coated interlining

Polyethylene Coated Interlining:

  1. Polyethylene is used as resin coating.
  2. The effect of varying the density of the resin is to give a greater resistance to dry cleaning solvents and a higher softening point with increasing density.
  3. This type of interlining is used in collar, cuff of shirt.
  4. The fabric attached with this type of interlining can be washed in water.
Polyethylene coated interlining
Fig: Polyethylene coated interlining

Polyamide (PA) Coated Interlining:

  1. Polyamide is used as resin coating.
  2. Poly-amides are very widely used in dry cleanable garments.
  3. High temperature fusing is done for the garments, which are washed with water at 60ºc.
Polyamide coated knitted interlining
Fig: Polyamide coated knitted interlining

PVC Coated Interlining:

  1. Poly vinyl chloride is used as resin coating
  2. This type is suitable for both dry cleanable and washable garments.
  3. PVC coated interlining is widely used for making the coat type garments.
PVC coated interlining
Fig: PVC coated interlining

Polyester Coated Interlining:

  1. Polyester is used as resin coating
  2. Polyester resins are used in dry cleanable and washable garments because polyester is less water absorbent than polyamide.
  3. It can be used as in all types of garments
  4. This is called ideal interlining
  5. Available in market but costly in price.
Polyester Coated Interlining
Fig: Polyester Coated Interlining

Polypropylene Coated Interlining:

  1. The resin is similar to the properties of polyethylene coated interning.
  2. Comparatively high temperature fusing is done.
  3. The fabric attached with this interlining can be washed with water.
Polypropylene Coated Interlining
Fig: Polypropylene Coated Interlining

PVA Coated Interlining:

  1. Poly vinyl acetate is used as resin coating
  2. PVA coated interlining is not dry cleanable and it has limited wash ability
  3. Low temperature and pressure is required. Basically it is used between the leather and far materials.
  4. The resin is normally in the form of a continuous plasticized coating on the base fabric.
  5. This type is rarely used in garments industry
PVA coated interlining
Fig: PVA coated interlining

Difference between Fusing and Non-fusing Interlining:

No.Fusible interliningNon-fusible interlining
1.Labor cost is low.Labor cost is high.
2.Processing time is less.Processing time is more.
3.Elaborate machine is required.No elaborate machine is required.
4.Available in market.Not available in market.
5.It is cheap.It is not cheap.
6.Suitable for large production.Not suitable for large production.
7.High temperature is required.Temperature is not required.

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