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Q: iron-on backing fabric ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: iron-on backing fabric
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: micki-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 07 Aug 2002 20:09 PDT
Expires: 06 Sep 2002 20:09 PDT
Question ID: 52007
Can you help me find a source for a heat-sensitive backing fabric
which is used to make window shades from wallpaper. It gets ironed on
to the back of the wallpaper to provide it the body and strength to
work as a window shade when attached to a roller. I used to get this
fabric from a store in Bklyn NY, but the store went out of business
several years ago and I can't find this fusable fabric anywhere.
Subject: Re: iron-on backing fabric
Answered By: seedy-ga on 07 Aug 2002 21:28 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear Micki:

These fusible fabrics or non wovens are commonly used in apparel
manufacture particulary in men's shirts.  Two prime manufacturers of
these "microdot" coated fabrics/non wovens are Freudenberg/Pellon and
Hollingworth and Vose.  These products are also supplied by Harodite
and Empire Group.  While these are prime manufacturers of these
products, most of their market is direct to apparel, home furnishing,
and automotive applications.

It will be necessary to call these companies to find retail outlets
for these products since the retail outlets are not listed at their
web sites or on searches for "interlinings", "fusible fabrics".

Very often a sample product can be obtained from the sales/marketing
department of these prime manufacturers.  How much fusible fabric do
you wish to obtain (width and length) and how stiff do you wish the
product to be.  If you wish, I can call these companies to determine
if they would provide sample quantities or if they could identify
retail outlets for your use.
1.  Where are you located?
2.  What width and length of product do you require? (allow for
3.  What degree of stiffness do you require?? (heavy muslin, canvas,
oxford cloth, or ???)
4.  Is this a continuing requirement or a one time need.

The companies web sites are as follows:

    Hollingworth & Vose   508-668-3057   East Walpole, MA

    Freudenberg   978 454 0461 Lowell, MA
  The Freudenberg site looks like it is from Germany but they have a
location in Lowell, MA which is easy for me to contact.

    Hardolite 508-824-6961   Taunton, MA

    Empire Group   718-545-0300  Long Island City, NY

My search strategy for this question at Google was "interlinings"
"fusible fabrics" "interlinings + retail"

When you clarify your need through the questions listed above, I'll be
glad to follow your request to the next level

Thank you for asking


Request for Answer Clarification by micki-ga on 08 Aug 2002 21:31 PDT
In answer to your questions:  I'm located in Brooklyn, New York.  I
will need 2 yards of 30" width fabric. It doesn't have to be too
stiff, just enough to lend some body to the shade and support to the
wallpaper to which it will be fused. I don't expect to be doing this
often, but I would like a dependable source of the fabric. Any further
assistance you could render would be greatly appreciated.

Clarification of Answer by seedy-ga on 09 Aug 2002 02:08 PDT

I will be traveling today without much chance of calling the suppliers
to locate retail vendors...BUT...will do so on Monday if that is
acceptable to your time frame.


Request for Answer Clarification by micki-ga on 09 Aug 2002 06:53 PDT
I don't mind the wait and will be happy for any additional help.
Meanwhile I'll continue the search of local fabric shops.

Clarification of Answer by seedy-ga on 09 Aug 2002 13:42 PDT

Although both Empire Group and Freudenberg/Pellon marketing managers
were not available by telephone today, I did speak to a key person at
Hollinworth & Vose who suggested that I call Freudenberg on Monday to
confirm....BUT....he suggested either JoAnn Fabrics or Wal Mart
Fabrics and Notions department for the interfacing you require.  I
called our local JoAnn Fabrics store and the lady there told me they
have quite a variety of fusible coated fabrics and non wovens to
choose from in sizes up to 54" wide.

The JoAnn Fabrics Stores are located all around the USA.  The
following URL gives you a map of locations.  You can certainly call
your local store before going there.  Wal Mart is, of course, also
located conveniently for you to try as well.

Walmart locations are available from the following website:

I'll follow up with the product manager at Freudenberg on
get any additional suggestions he might have.

Well, it appears we have found some retail sources for these
materials.  Good luck in preparing your shade material and getting it
on the roller....Tell us how it turns out...


Clarification of Answer by seedy-ga on 12 Aug 2002 21:54 PDT
Dear Micki:

I called Pellon today.  They reported that the Jo-Ann Fabrics store on
Staten Island at:  Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, 55 Heaney Ave,Staten
Island, NY 10303-2168,  (718) 477-9102 is the closest store to
Brooklyn which stocks fusible coated fabrics/non wovens/interlinings. 
You may wish to call them to see if they could send you some cuttings
for approval and pricing.  If so, you should be able to purchase the
quantity you require over the phone.  Empire Group called from Long
Island City but they do not supply any fusible fabric to the retail

Have you already tried:  

582 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211 


Clarification of Answer by seedy-ga on 14 Aug 2002 08:33 PDT
Dear Micki:

I was so sorry that the information I provided did not help you solve
the problem, so I called Quality Fabrics at 582 Grand Street in
Brooklyn and found that they have the interlining (press on/iron on)
in 60" width in both white and black in medium weight.  They can cut
the product to your required width but you would pay for the 60" width
material.  You can check with the owners daughter, Claudia, for
service. A map of the location is available from Mapquest at:

I hope this provides the "local" solution to your problem....


Clarification of Answer by seedy-ga on 17 Aug 2002 17:45 PDT
Dear Micki:

I hope the contact at Quality Fabrics works for you.  There is no need
to worry about an additional *star*.  Please post if the product you
receive is suitable to your needs.  It was my pleasure helping you. 
If you search out my answer/comment history, by searching on "seedy"
at the GA home page, you will notice that I answer a lot of questions
from my personal experience.  It seems odd that someone would have had
such a varied career in pressure sensitive tapes, coatings, injection
molded plastic, thermoformed plastic, HVAC, electonic assemply,
packaging, etc..I had few jobs but the scope and depth of these jobs
(mostly as a general manager) were facinating. It turns out that I was
responsible for a factory that made interlinings in 1979 in
Leominster, MA.  It was while I was running a two pressure sensitive
tape companies at the same time.  The factory in Leominster made
interlinings (very unsuccessfully), baby pants waterproof cloth
(coated nylon), and dot coated material used in making feetie pajamas.
 I got that company profitable briefly until we had a large return
from the baby pants material customer (leaking) which served to close
the company.

I love answering questions at GA resulting in satisfied customers.  

Thank you for responding...

micki-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
The answer was prompt and informative but did not lead to the solution
of my problem. However, I appreciated the effort.

Subject: Re: iron-on backing fabric
From: historybuff-ga on 07 Aug 2002 20:30 PDT
If you cannot find the backing, perhaps you could glue the wallpaper
to a ready-made roller shade.  One of the web sites I searched
actually suggested this.
Subject: Re: iron-on backing fabric
From: micki-ga on 08 Aug 2002 21:33 PDT
Thanks for the input historybuff.  I actually did consider glueing the
fabric (or stapling it) to the shade roller, but I'd like the added
strength of fusing the paper to a fabric.
Subject: Re: iron-on backing fabric
From: micki-ga on 16 Aug 2002 20:05 PDT
Well Seedy, you did it. You went the extra mile and I contacted
Quality Fabrics, confirmed that they have what I need, although they
hadn't heard of their interfacing being used to make window shades. I
will visit their shop during the week and, hopefully, my problem will
be solved. Thanks so much for  all you've done. I'd like to give you
that fifth star. Is it too late to change the rating?

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