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Thread: Interfacings/stabilizers for purses

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    Interfacings/stabilizers for purses

    Has anyone seen a guide that helps one decide which type of interfacing/stabilizer to choose for the desired effect when making a purse?

    I have used patterns that called for fusible fleece, heavy interfacing, etc. One bag I have made didn't call for any, but I think I used a mid-weight fusible interfacing so it wouldn't be so floppy. I am making that bag again and wondered if I should try something else, maybe even some fusible fleece. Is there another product that is slightly thinner than the fleece, but soft like that? It's a small bag and I don't want to add too much bulk, nor do I want it stiff, but I think it might need a little more than just an interfacing.

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    I use Soft & Stabe in most of my bags. It is thin foam with a light fabric on each side. It gives gret shape to bags. I've used it in a small clutch made from Jersey knit. You can read about it here https://www.byannie.com/
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    I made some sling bags a few years ago and used a mid weight fusible on the outside fabric and then lined them with pieces of my husband's old jeans. It worked great. It made it stiffer but not too stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    I use Soft & Stabe in most of my bags. It is thin foam with a light fabric on each side. It gives gret shape to bags. I've used it in a small clutch made from Jersey knit. You can read about it here https://www.byannie.com/
    This looks interesting...not sure if it would be the best choice for the bag I have in mind, but definitely for other patterns I've seen. Thanks for the link!

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    If it's available here, I usually go with what the pattern recommends. I prefer a type of bag that has some 'form' to it and is not so 'floppy'. For fusible fleece, I much prefer Pellon 987F - so much so, I imported a bolt form the US. It's thinner and stiffer than the one at my LQS.
    For interfacing, I use Vilene heavyweight. I have used the Medium too, but found the lightweight virtually useless.
    There's an Interfacing/Fusible chart here and gives the US names too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    If it's available here, I usually go with what the pattern recommends. I prefer a type of bag that has some 'form' to it and is not so 'floppy'. For fusible fleece, I much prefer Pellon 987F - so much so, I imported a bolt form the US. It's thinner and stiffer than the one at my LQS.
    For interfacing, I use Vilene heavyweight. I have used the Medium too, but found the lightweight virtually useless.
    There's an Interfacing/Fusible chart here and gives the US names too.
    The particular pattern doesn't call for anything...except for support where the magnetic snap is located. I just know it will be too floppy with nothing.

    Thanks for the chart!

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    Most of the bags I make are from drapery or upholstery fabric which has more body than regular quilting fabric and therefore don't usually need additional stability.

    One that I made I used the fairly lightweight drapery fabric for both the lining and the outside. I really liked how that one worked out.

    The only one I've done that I felt was extremely floppy was one that I did not add interfacing with just regular quilting fabric. If I did that again I would probably use either a mid weight interfacing or try out fusible interfacing which I haven't used on anything yet. P

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