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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Garment District Services: Quick Fusing Inc. (Updated)

Address: 260 W. 36th Street (close to 8th Avenue), NYC New York (take the stairs down one flight; it's the gray unmarked door on the first lower level)

Update: It is not the main entrance to the building, it is just to the right of the professional entrance with the elevator. 

Yes, it looks scary.  So what?

Get over yourself (said with a NY accent), and head down the stairs.

Phone: 212-967-0311
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Web site: apparelexpert.com
Best for: Saving you from spending hours with your iron by doing the fusing for you


 Go down the decaying staircase and past the creepy mannequin (update: artificial plants) to get to Quick Fusing in New York City.

There is a place in the Garment District where you can get your fabrics fused with interfacing for just a few dollars a yard. It's called Quick Fusing, and if you can ignore the less-than-attractive surroundings you'll easily become a regular here. Additional note: The place is indeed an absolute mess, but it's clear that they are working hard!

Update: I've talked to Elly, a wonderfully happy, no-nonsense business person who will show you exactly what they can do!

Owners Igor and Elly will ask you if you're a student: Say yes, though you don't have to be a student, Elly assures me. Make sure they can tell which side of your fabric is the right side and supply them with interfacing. They have interfacing on hand if you come without (it will add to the cost though). Typically your fabric will be ready for pick-up the next day. I had four yards of jacquard fused last week for $10 (I gave them interfacing). 

Note: This post was written in 2010.

Update: The minimum charge is now $25.  So, yes, you will pay $25 to have three yards of fabric fused, but you might be able to have twice as much fused at that price, depending on the fabric type.



Don't quote me, but if the shop isn't terribly busy that day you may be able to drop your fabric off in the morning and then pick it up at the end of the day. I suggest you call first if you want to attempt this. Quick Fusing does not ship fabric, and your fused fabric will weigh more, so keep that in mind if you're traveling. Read one sewing blogger's adventures in fusing her fabric at Quick Fusing here.

To fuse or not to fuse your fabric really depends on personal preference. One of my sewing teachers is of the fuse everything school, while another advises against fusing, saying it changes the hand of the fabric. Do some research before you decide if fusing interfacing to your fabric is the best way to add support to your garment.

Bottom line: A visit to Quick Fusing is a great way to cut your production time by letting them do the fusing for you.
This is where the fusing happens. They also do sample cutting and sample sewing here too.
One of the four cats who own Quick Fusing along with Elly and Igor. This cat is a sweetheart.

5 comments:

  1. I am block fusing this weekend.
    I could use their tables.
    :)

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  2. Igor and Elly are really nice people. Aww the kitty cats!

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  3. Wow! This is a great place. I tell you. Sometimes I wish I lived in New York.

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  4. I have never been treated so badly. I called, they told me to come in that they wouldn't answer any questions over the phone. I came in and they told me I should have called. I came in during office hours and they said they were closing and told me to leave. They kept asking if I was a student and acted like they wouldn't help me unless I was in a big company.

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  5. I visited Igor and Elly in March. I found out they were fellow Aussies! They were amazed I brought fabric with me from Australia to fuse. It was very reasonable, about $20 to fuse 6 m which included the cost of the interfacing. I will be back if I return.
    Yummy mummy

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