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    Interfacing and stabilizers

    Hi! I am new to this crafty business. Am learning how to make a bag. The material list indicates that I have to get a heavy weight sew-in interfacing as well as a extra-heavy stabilizer. Can someone tell me what is the difference between these 2? Thanks!

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    All interfacing are stabilizers but not all stabilizers are interfacing, if that makes any sense.

    Interfacing is usually white and comes in a variety of thicknesses or "stregnths." It''s most often sold on bolds and labeled interfacing (the fusible type can be "fused" to other layers using an iron). Look for interfacing near the fusible web. It''s thin plastic, usually.

    Stabilizers can be lots of types of heavy fabric, though most people use a canvas of a good thickness. At larger craft stores, an entire section of fabric will be labeled "stabilizers" or "bottom weights."

    I recommend trying out multiple stabilizers before deciding on one. Just buy some scrap fabric that''s similar to the fabric for your bag and see if it feels stiff enough to you when the inside, stabilizer, and outside are sewn together.

    Hope this makes sense..


 

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