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Thread: Thin Material, do I dare to use?

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    Thin Material, do I dare to use?

    I am in the process of cutting up FQs for Turning 21 Again quilt. One of the fabrics my DIL sent for from Lily fabrics. It is very thin. I'm worried about how well it will wear. Someone suggested using lightweight fusible interfacing behind it to make it more sturdy. Any one have any thoughts? In the picture, you can see in the lower left corner a yellow square from my cutting board showing thru. (sorry, My upload of picture is failing!?)

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    I wouldn't use it, if you question how long it will wear ... especially if all other fabrics seem to be fairly durable.
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    I think I would use it for something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Crafter View Post
    I wouldn't use it, if you question how long it will wear ... especially if all other fabrics seem to be fairly durable.
    I Agree....better to leave it be than to take apart your quilt later to replace it IMHO
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    using a stablizer is always an option when fabrics are thin- there is no reason not to if you want to include it.
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    If you're worried I wouldn't use it.

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    I think I would be worried about the tightness of the weave. Thin can be OK if its a tight weave.... but thin and a loose weave ... set it aside... it will not wear well.

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    Stabilizer is not going to help thin fabric wear better. It may hide some of thinness, but it's not going to make you happy in the long run. Use something else!

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    I agree - if it's not the same 'feel' as the other fabrics you're using - don't use it. The difference will be very apparent. IMHO
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    I dont think I would use it. I actually have that problem with some material a lady at work gave me.. It has lovely patterns but some of it is just so thin I hesitate to use it in a quilt. I have been making quilted purses with my favorite ones because I figure a purse hardly gets washed and we change them so often they may not need to hold up for years.

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    I am not a fabric snob, but I recently tossed some fabric that just felt to flimsy to hold up. If I put the effort into the project, I want it to last. Can't really comment on interfacing. If you question it, then I'd say go with your instincts.
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    Thanks for all your input. I think that's what I knew all along. I'm sorry my DIL spent money on it but I'd rather be safe. Thanks again.

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    When in doubt,
    leave it out.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I agree. I would not use it. It would be a shame to spend all that time on creating something beautiful to have it fall apart after washing.
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    I just got rid of all my fabric that was either too thin or ugly to use. I decided to send it over to made into charity quilts.
    I hesitate on using thin, now I just put it aside and get rid of it. It feels so good. Part of my D-junking my closets. If I have a lot, I will make charity quilts out of thinner fabrics.
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    I wouldn't use it, wouldn't even think about it really.
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    I put all my questionable fabrics into crocheted items or the clothesline baskets. If you really want to include the fabric in some way, use a piece of it for an applique or a label. Both are applied to the surface of the quilt and can be removed later if they deteriorate...and they will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready View Post
    When in doubt,
    leave it out.
    I love this saying! I will do my best to remember this.

    And I do agree with this post. Better to make a tough decision now than regret not making it later on!

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    shrink it well in HOT water..then fuse with a light weight/sheer interfacing...it will be just fine!

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    I am a firm believer in using only quality fabric in my quilts.
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