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    Soft and Stable interfacing

    Have any of you tried Annie's Soft and Stable interfacing for bags/clutches? From the video it looks like an expensive version of art foam that you can buy at Michael's. The differenc I see is Soft and Stable has fabric on both sides. Anyone have any thoughts on using art foam instead?
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    I have never used art foam, so I am not sure what you are talking about. I have used the soft and stable and it gives bags a nice body. I really like it, but it is pricey. An alternative is to go to JoAnn's and get headliner fabric. It doesn't have quite as much body and it doesn't have fabric on both sides, but it works pretty good. It usually runs around $15 a yard, but I always use a coupon.

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    I am going to give the art foam a try. It is cheap at michaels. If the art foam needs fabric on both sides, I will spray baste some muslin to it. It sure looks like it will make the bags have a nice body. I really like the look of those bags.

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    I love Soft and stable. I've tried the headliner fabric from Joann's but it didn't give nearly as nice a look. I've heard that the problem with the stuff without fabric on both sides is that it can screw up the tension on your machine. I'm selective about which bags I use it on. A LQS has a 30% off the stores ale in the Spring so I'll pick up more then.
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    Thanks for your input. I will try to find the soft and stable on sale. I am also going to try the art foam and spray baste fabric onto it. I honestly think it will be about the same. I can compare and then decide.

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    I used a walking foot to sew the purse that I made using headliner fabric. I ave not tried the Soft & Stable yet.

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    I just picked up a yard of soft and stable with my last Superior Threads order. Now to find the perfect purse pattern to use it on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fayzer View Post
    Have any of you tried Annie's Soft and Stable interfacing for bags/clutches? From the video it looks like an expensive version of art foam that you can buy at Michael's. The differenc I see is Soft and Stable has fabric on both sides. Anyone have any thoughts on using art foam instead?
    I am interested in making a purse that will feel like a purchased purse, not too soft but sturdy. Is the Michaels foam in this tutorial the same as the Soft and Stable except for the fabric added to it? I have never seen Soft and Stable so am looking for your input.

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    Considering the cost of a nice purse the cost of the Soft and Stable is really inexpensive when you make your own. Why use something that gives poor results just because it's cheaper. There is a reason why it's cheaper. Some reasons why it is cheaper are good but most are not.
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    The Soft and Stable is well worth the money. You don't have to quilt it - your fabric looks smooth and nice. You can ball it up and it pops right back,no wrinkles or folds. It's very easy to use. Joann online carries it and there are lots of vendors on EBay too. I used it for Sew Together and Bionic Gear bags as well as purses. I love the look and feel it gives.

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    A very nice product. Very easy to quilt through, if you want to do that, and has just the right amount of stiffness to make bags, slippers soft and shapely. I like using it. They sell small sizes of this product that would be a very small investment to use as a trial on a small project to see if you like it. That's what I did and I like it.

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    I used Soft and Stable in my first tote bag and loved it. Since then, I have made dozens of tote bags for family and friends. I can't imagine any product being better for tote bags than Soft and Stable.

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    I recently used Soft and Stable in my Versitile Wave bag and it is a really nice product. My friend mentioned the headliner fabric from Joann but I was wondering if either product is washable. I also just watched a video about a new product called Stiff Stuff by Lazy Girl Designs. It works the same but without the bulk. It is $5.29 per yard from that site. I noticed that Joann.com has a product from Pellon that sounds like Spft and Stable and was wondering ifanyone has tried that product.
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    I was wondering if this product was similar to soft and stable? It is much cheaper than Soft and Stable here in the UK.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AVYDPT...I3P17SMFQCPTDC

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophiebernina View Post
    I was wondering if this product was similar to soft and stable? It is much cheaper than Soft and Stable here in the UK.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AVYDPT...I3P17SMFQCPTDC
    It kind if sounds like the same product but I wasn't sure about the part that said laminate. Maybe there are some reviews on that product?
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    I noticed that Joann.comhas a product from Pellon that sounds like Soft and Stable and was wondering if anyone has tried that product.
    I read about this. I think it is the same. Walmart carries Pellon so I'll has the fabric manager here to order some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophiebernina View Post
    I was wondering if this product was similar to soft and stable? It is much cheaper than Soft and Stable here in the UK.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AVYDPT...I3P17SMFQCPTDC
    I'm in a facebook group of people who sew bags, and several prefer this brand. I bought some but have not used it yet. I wish I could remember the specifics of why they preferred this brand over the soft and stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    I'm in a facebook group of people who sew bags, and several prefer this brand. I bought some but have not used it yet. I wish I could remember the specifics of why they preferred this brand over the soft and stable.
    I think I will give it a try then.

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    I made a bag using Soft and Stable for my grandson's girlfriend. The Soft and Stable is holding up very well. The fabric in the bag is wearing out. She has been carrying the bag daily for two years.

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    I do not believe that there is a real substitute for the soft and stable it is wonderful stuff. Some times it is just better to bite the bullet and use the good stuff.
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