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    Junior Member Shiloh's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever used it? I saw it on Martha Pullen's show this week. It is every expensive ($23.50 yd). I wonder if there is something one could use to create the same effect.

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    It is the only thing I know of that will create that effect.

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    Too many other things on my want to do list. I guess I could put it at the bottom. Once all the newness wears off, then I can decide if it is worth it! :)

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    If you make bags, you can use the texture magic on the outside pockets and then you only need a small amount for a fun look!

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    there's always Chizimi Shrinking Thread

    here's a link to some pics

    http://www.thesewingplace.com/chizim...ogquim8fan1e93

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    I never saw that thread before. Pretty neat. I do remember years ago that one could put thin round elastic in the bobbin and sew a zig-zag stitch and it would cause puckers in the fabric.

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    I used it (on a practice piece) and wasn't happy with the results so didn't use on my project.

    As for another product - no, but I suppose smocking will give the same result. Gosh, I remember learning how to smock in a different lifetime.

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    I learn something new everyday. I have put this in my favorite list. I hope I live to be 99 years old, then I might get through my list. :lol: :lol:

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    I have a piece of this but still haven't given it a try. Of course, it was lost in my sewing room for almost a year.

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    I have not tried it myself - it does come in small packages as well

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    It is really fun and no two results are the same. I just finished watching a Patsy Thompson video on it this afternoon, she used it for flower centers on appliquéd flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiloh
    Has anyone ever used it? I saw it on Martha Pullen's show this week. It is every expensive ($23.50 yd). I wonder if there is something one could use to create the same effect.
    Yes, I have used Texture Magic and I loved how it works. I made a handbag with it. But at the Sew Expo where I saw it they have made many different things with it including a baby quilt, a little girls dress, pillowcases and many bags or totes with. I actually liked it so much that I ended up buying a bolt of the Texture Magic. So if anyone is interested in getting some I can give you a much better deal than retail on it.

    Thanks,
    Sherryl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiloh
    Has anyone ever used it? I saw it on Martha Pullen's show this week. It is every expensive ($23.50 yd). I wonder if there is something one could use to create the same effect.
    Sorry, there isn't!!

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    some years ago on sewing with nancy, she took a piece of fabric, somewhat larger than you think you may need. Wet the fabric, wring it out and twist, twist, twist untill it rolls back on itself. Secure with rubberbands, string, or something. Put in the dryer to dry. When dry, take it out, do not smooth too much.Use iron on interfacing to the wrong side. You will have close to the same effect.

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    I was the orderer for a quilt shop here and was able to try out the Texture Magic before ordering it for the store. I passed it up almost immediately. The cost here was going to run about $25 per package...which was basically the size of a fat quarter. And although it did create an interesting texture (when done correctly), there was nothing "had to have" about it. When I asked the staff for the opinion, the only one remotely interested was someone that saw a "good idea" with it at a quilt show. I asked if she liked it enough to purchase and (after trying it)she declined saying that it was alot like "Shrinky Dinks" (the shrinking plastic that you color on from the late 80's) it seemed like a lot of fun, but once it "shrunk" the fun was kind of over. It wasn't our thing, but others seem to like it well enough.

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    I bought a package and used it in an applique project and intend to use it on a purse. Not something I would use everyday but does give a neat WOW effect.

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    I have the shrinking thread. I tried it on a scrap square and it worked, but I haven't used it on anything yet.

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    I purchased a small amount at a quilt show where they were doing a demo. It's great but you're right - it is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmuchmore
    I learn something new everyday. I have put this in my favorite list. I hope I live to be 99 years old, then I might get through my list. :lol: :lol:
    Why not make it 100 years old than you'll be a century old and ohhhhhhh the tales you could tell of your fun with quilting for all those years.

    :lol:

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    I've used it and really like it for accents. I bought mine from Amazon.com and it was packaged for around $11.00. It wasn' a yard but then again it doesn't take much according to what you are making. I just made flowers here and there on my quilt.

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    I've used Texture Magic on a "Lovey" for a baby. Made a really neat crumpled texture on a piece of quilting cotton, poly satin and some Minkee like fabric! Only bought the packaged amount (maybe 1/3 yd) and I had plenty to do the three strips in this project. Really made some nice interest and feel for baby to put his fingers in. I like it, but will only use it in small pieces. It's fun!

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    Went to a quilt show and saw this and thought I had to have it. Used it in the border of a small wall hanging and decided it wasn't my most favorite thing. I still have some left and would use it in a small project but not to any great extent.

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    So far I have made three wallets and my friend is working on her second with Texture Magic and we love it.

    Make a grid on the Texture Magic (TM) with lines 3/4" apart, I prefer on the diagonal. Sew the TM to the wrong side of your fabric with a wide zigzag or decorative stitch, on my Janome it is stitch 11 with a width of 7 (this did not work as well on my Bernina 730). On the wallets we made, we used almost a whole bobbin just in this process.

    After you are done stitching, hold your iron ABOVE the RIGHT side of your fabric and steam it and you will see the fabric start to draw up. It will let you know when it is done as it will stop shrinking. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR IRON TO THE TEXTURE MAGIC!!

    I have purchased my TM from two different sources but the best price I have found is on J. Hittles website. A package of 47x18 (I think) is just under $9.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugmom
    So far I have made three wallets and my friend is working on her second with Texture Magic and we love it.

    Make a grid on the Texture Magic (TM) with lines 3/4" apart, I prefer on the diagonal. Sew the TM to the wrong side of your fabric with a wide zigzag or decorative stitch, on my Janome it is stitch 11 with a width of 7 (this did not work as well on my Bernina 730). On the wallets we made, we used almost a whole bobbin just in this process.

    After you are done stitching, hold your iron ABOVE the RIGHT side of your fabric and steam it and you will see the fabric start to draw up. It will let you know when it is done as it will stop shrinking. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR IRON TO THE TEXTURE MAGIC!!

    I have purchased my TM from two different sources but the best price I have found is on J. Hittles website. A package of 47x18 (I think) is just under $9.00.
    I also love it for the wallets, cases, etc...great effect for sure..
    I sell tons of it so somebody must love it...

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    I've use Texture Magic and loved the effects. I've used it for handbags and wallets as well as a "touchy" toddler quilt for a friend that has a child with some sensory issues. He LOVED the feel of the finished fabric! It is expensive, but you can buy it in smaller packages as well as look for sales, which is what I've done.

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