Here is a list of questions we have received related to sewing the wings in the Twig + Tale Wing Collection. Hopefully it will provide some guidance for those of you who are embarking on sewing a pair of wings.
You can also ask questions by commenting on this post, or by posting on the Twig + Tale Chat Facebook group - we're happy to help and we love to see what you're working on.
I can't find the recommended interfacing - will xxx interfacing work?
Unfortunately, interfacing can be a rather vast and confusing subject. Names and numbers vary from one country to another, and often the bolts of interfacing in fabric stores aren't labelled at all. The pattern specifies types of interfacing that have been tested and shown to give good results.
If you can't find one of the recommended products, look for something that has good body and rigidity - remember, it will play an important structural role in the wings. However, it still has to be pliable enough that you will be able to turn the wings right side out, so avoid the ultra-thick interfacing (there is some that is very rigid - almost like cardboard - this will be way too thick for wings). I have had the best luck asking for craft interfacing intended for bags and hat brims.
If you find a type of interfacing that works out particularly well for the wings, please let us know so we can add it to our recommended interfacing list.
I can't find heavyweight sew-in interfacing - what should I do?
It will work out just fine to use an extra layer of your heavyweight fusible interfacing instead - just don't fuse it to anything. Trace the stitch detail template lines onto the non-glue side of the interfacing.
How thick should my batting be?
A range of batting thickness will work for the wings - the pattern calls for anything from 5-20mm. Keep in mind that if you use a thin batting, the wings will have a "flatter" look and the quilting lines won't show up quite as much.
If your batting is thin, it works just fine to use multiple layers. I found 3 layers of thin poly quilt batting worked well for my wings.
What type of batting should I use - polyester or cotton?
When testing the wings, we found that polyester batting worked the best - cotton batting is heavier and had a tendency to weigh the wings down and cause them to flop. We normally prefer natural fibres, but this seems to be an instance when poly is better suited to the project.
Can I use stretch fabric for my wings?
We haven't included stretch fabric in the recommended fabric list since it is undoubtedly more challenging to work with and we haven't tried it out. However, if you are an experienced sewist, used to working with knits, it may be possible. Interface the fabric well for extra stability. In general, stretchy, shiny, slippery fabrics are going to make wing sewing much more challenging.
Can I use a heavier fabric, such as denim, for the wings?
We don't recommend using anything heavier than a quilting cotton because there will be many layers to sew through at some points in the project - most home sewing machines will not be able to handle stitching through all of them. It may be possible to use heavier bits of fabric for the appliqué though.
Do I have to add the body to the wings, or will they work without?
The body piece is completely optional - the wings will turn out fine without it.
You can also ask questions by commenting on this post, or by posting on the Twig + Tale Chat Facebook group - we're happy to help and we love to see what you're working on
Here are links to all the posts in the Twig + Tale Wings Sew-Along series:
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