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    I have just purchased 2 patterns for totes and a messenger bag. Do you use an interfacing and if so what weight and is it fusible or sewn in. Any info given will be appreciated. :D

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    goodness, don't know the weight but it was Pellon fusible. no sewing, just around the seams when piecing. you can "quilt" designs on the sections before sewing together though. front and back or pockets.

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    I use the fusible, and I like to get the heaviest possible.

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    I've made at least 25 totes.....and my friend has made and sold almost 300!!!! At first I used just Warm and Natural...I like really floppy purses that I can stuff under the car seat. Pat got me into DecoBond fusible and I've used it ever since. DecoBond makes the totes "sit up" and look a heck of a lot neater.... :mrgreen: I had truoble getting it to fuse at first...then I discovered if I set my iron on Linen -- the next highest setting from Cotton, it would bond beautifully.

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    Amandasgramma, do you use batting in addition to the decobond??? I have only used the batting, haven't made many.....Thanks, Nancy

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    I use fusible that I get at WalMart for next to nothing. It's not necessarily the thickness of the batting that you use that will make the bag 'stand' or be 'stiff'; it's the amount of quilting you put into the bag. The more you quilt, the stiffer the bag is going to be; and the more it's going to 'stand.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmuch
    Amandasgramma, do you use batting in addition to the decobond??? I have only used the batting, haven't made many.....Thanks, Nancy
    No, I don't.....but it might be fun to try that and see what happens!

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    For just regular totes that I want to stand up I always use peltex heavyweight sew in. It is kinda pricey but it is REALLY stiff! (I sold hundreds of ACU bags to army wives when my husband was in)
    I made a quilted diaper bag once and I used a layer of warm and natural and a layer of fusible medium weight interfacing. (fusible was ironed onto the outter fabric)
    But for grocery bags and library bags I don't use anything but I mainly make them out of decorator fabric and denim. These bags I want floppy so I can fold them up (wad them up) and toss them into a pocket thing in my trunk and they don't take up much room!

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    this year i will reach over 1000 bags sold.

    i use deco bond and pellon fusible fleece in all my bags.

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    I made a messenger style diaper bag and used a very heavy weight sew in interfacing in order for it to stand on it's own. I suppose it depends on the bag.

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    Purchase some fleece interfacing. It is very easy to use and is attached using an iron. I use a damp cloth and it works great. This gives the bag so much body and makes it look professional. I just made one today for Christmas and it looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    this year i will reach over 1000 bags sold.

    i use deco bond and pellon fusible fleece in all my bags.
    Same here, that is what I use and I have made & sold several 100.

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    Klue....anyway that I could beg a simple pattern for a tote from you? I'm dying to make a tote for myself but can't find a simple enough pattern for someone like myself who is just getting back into sewing again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigger5464
    Klue....anyway that I could beg a simple pattern for a tote from you? I'm dying to make a tote for myself but can't find a simple enough pattern for someone like myself who is just getting back into sewing again.
    Do a Google search online for "free tote bag pattern" and you'll find tons of patterns for free.

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    I use Pelon 987F, the F is for fusible

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    here's an excellent site for free handbag patterns. they do a far better job telling you how to put it together then i could.

    she searches the web and puts links on her website.


    http://henriettashandbags.com/Craft_Ideas.html

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    I like to make quilted totes/purses in between quilting. I like the Decor Bond, but have had some trouble with it staying fused. It seems to fuse properly at first. Until I start handling the bag. Then the edges start popping up. At this point I cut it almost as large as my fabric pieces, so the edges are caught in the seam - which means it doesn't matter if any of it stops sticking. I should have to do this though. I am wondering why this happens? I follow the directions as to heat of the iron etc.

    One thing I do not do is wash my fabric. Is this the issue? I dislike sewing with washed fabric, I like the crispness of unwashed fabric. I am thinking perhaps I should just switch to buying sew-in interfacing since it costs less than fusible, since I can't depend on the fusible to stay put.

    I only have this issue with the heavier interfacings (such as the Decor Bond). I like Pellon SF 101, that always seems to stay fused. But I like a stiffer interfacing in my totes also, so the purse stand up.

    Thoughts?
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    If I want the tote stiff I use fusible interfacing or craft bond like you use for raw edge appliqué. If I use upholstery fabric or denim I usually do not add either interfacing or batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    If I want the tote stiff I use fusible interfacing or craft bond like you use for raw edge appliqué. If I use upholstery fabric or denim I usually do not add either interfacing or batting.
    Do you ever have an issue with the fusible interfacing staying fused?
    Dawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    I use Pelon 987F, the F is for fusible
    Me too kathy - I like this and have used it a few times. I found fusing it worked best when using a damp cloth between the fleece and the iron - you get a much better result !

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