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Thread: Has anyone used Texture Magic?

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    Super Member nursie76's Avatar
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    I have seen Texture Magic online, and Saturday when I was at a quilt shop, I saw some fabric that had be textured with it and I really like it. So, since I had a 25% off coupon, I got a pattern for a pocket book, eyeglass case and little zipper pouch made with Texture Magic, and got some Texture Magic. Now as I read the directions that come with the TM and the bag, it says I can use batting if I choose to and it will make it more puffy. The directions do say to quilt the liner with batting, so I wonder if it would be nicer with batting or at least flannel between the outer fabric and the TM. Do any of you have any experience with this and what would you suggest?

    Pattern for bag is here: http://www.patriciasfabrichouse.com/ about 1/2 way down the page.

    TM info here: http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...c/description/

    Thanks for any guidance.

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    I have used it both ways and love it with batting. Just layer TM, batting and fabric. Free motion quilt or sew straigt lines and steam. You will love it. Show us what you do.

    Maria

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    Maria, Will cotton Warm and Natural batting be ok?

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    Does the fabric stay soft, or does it get stiff? It looks pretty. So the texture magic stays on the OUTSIDE of the fabric? or is in between the fabric and the batting??

    Margie

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    The front fabric is placed face down on the table then the TM (or then the batting and then the TM). Then you FMQ or stitch in a grid pattern on the layer sandwich. Then you hold a steam iron over the back of the "quilted" sandwich and it becomes textured. You are not to touch the iron to the fabric just hold it over it.

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    Wow, that's really nice! I love the texture it gives.

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    Never saw this before. Will have to try it as it looks so interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluv2quilt
    Wow, that's really nice! I love the texture it gives.
    Yes, it really does. I saw both of the projects that were made from the patterns at the links I listed... the baby quilt and the pocketbook. They really turned out nice. They also had samples of the TM used on a silky type material, cotton, and some other types. I didn't have time to look real close, but it is a really neat concept.

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    I have made the bag you are going to make about a dozen times. Also almost all the other patterns that are available. If you are not using batting, I like the stitching to be about 3/4 of an inch close. With batting you can stitch farther apart.
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    Is stitching farther apart when using batting a necessity or option?
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    Batting stiffens the results and stitching too close with the batting really makes it rigid. If you want that effect, go for it-like for a bag. But if you want flexible, farther is better.

    Also, try not to touch the iron to the product. It won't melt or anything, but it does make the TM kinda brittle.
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    I never understood what Texture Magic was before going to these links.
    It's not a substance on top of fabric...like puff paint...that's what I used to think,...it's like a foundation fabric that you 'steam', and it crinkles up your fabric making a textured look.
    That would be great on pillows for a nice change, and a tote!?!!! I love totes :-P
    I bet it would even look good on some garments...hmm, gets the gears turning. :-D

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    I think I would like to use batting with this bag, but cotton makes it sooo heavy (made a oversized bag to take on the plane to NZ and even emptpy it is really heavy). So, would a very thin (I think they make it) polyester batting work ok?

    Thank you sooo much for your help. I have sewn for a long time, but not to awful long for quilting, and no matter, when I try something new for the first time, I feel better when I have the some tips and guidance from someone who experience.

    I can see where if this works out well, I will be using a lot of TM! lol
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    I have used many types of batt, and you are right cotton is heavy. especially W & N. Quilters Dream makes a request weight that is my fav, very light. but thin poly works and also wool, but that is heavier also.

    This bag flap used poly, and it is very puffy. I am not sure you can see it.

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    Hi! I enjoyed reading everyone's posts about Texture Magic. It really is a fun product to play with. I've been working with it for over a year now and continue to be amazed at all the fun effectsyou can get with it.

    I like to use a product called headliner foam when I make bags. It's 1/8" thick foam with a tricot lining on one side. It makes the bag very lightweight but stable -- much nicer than batting.

    I usually don't add batting to the fabric sandwich when I'm texturizing fabric as it adds more weight and loft. I like the look that I get when I stitch a grid with lines about 3/4" apart using a serpentine stitch. That stitch makes the grid disappear!

    For the Serenity bag (which was pictured on the earlier post), I did include a layer of wool batting because I wanted a LOT of puff. I used headliner foam for the rest of the bag so that I could get by with no quilting (something that I couldn't achieve with a cotton batting). That really makes the texture on the bag's flap show up even more.

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    WOW!!! So many ideas here :D:D:D
    I am going to have to go shopping LOL
    Thank you all for sharing them with us :D:D:D

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    When you are stitching the flap , do you do it on the right side so you can see where you are going or is it a random stitch on the TM side?

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    If you do a search here, you'll find other info on Texture Magic, including a link to a video.

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    You can do either side, in the case of the flap I followed the design of the fabric from the right side, but many times I stitch from the TM side so I can see the stitching better. Your choice!

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    the flap looks as if you pieced it with multiple fabrics first?

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    Bigtimequilter or PatternsbyAnnie:
    Was just at the fabric store and they have suede cloth or "moleskin" fabric on sale. Not much heavier than good quality cotton, and I was wondering if it would work with texture magic. I think it would make a fabulous pocketbook. Some even has a light pattern embroidered through it.

    Thanks in advance for any insight.

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    I have never tried it. It looks like fun. Tell us how you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Bigtimequilter or PatternsbyAnnie:
    Was just at the fabric store and they have suede cloth or "moleskin" fabric on sale. Not much heavier than good quality cotton, and I was wondering if it would work with texture magic. I think it would make a fabulous pocketbook. Some even has a light pattern embroidered through it.

    Thanks in advance for any insight.
    I've texturized wool, velvet, velveteen, Minkee, denim, and cotton and have yet to find something that doesn't work great. I say, "Go for it!"

    Annie

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    I too have tried everything that doesn't move, lol. But my guess is that fabrics that are really stiff like heavy denim or upholstery weights will not give a good result. But everything seems to work great!

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    Thanks! I think I will stop by and get some of that yummy fabric this weekend.

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