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    I've decided to start making my bags again , I've made a couple of patterns and found some that are easier than the one I've used before

    my only problem is the interfacing, even though i bought the heavy iron stuff before the bag still "sagged" when it was done

    anybody got any good suggestions apart from doubling up the interfacing which was my OH's suggestion

    any hints or tips gratefully received as I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to fabrics and bits

    thanks
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  • #2
    I use a very heavy weight stiff interfacing and non iron on, it stands up by itself, as I think this performs better. Have you tried u-handbags?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Caroleecrafts View Post
      I use a very heavy weight stiff interfacing and non iron on, it stands up by itself, as I think this performs better. Have you tried u-handbags?
      I have 'extra extra' heavy weight interfacing aswell, which I got on ebay - had a quick look but the seller I got it from isn't selling any at the mo. I agree with Caroleecrafts about u-handbags being a good place to try..

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      • #4
        thank you girls
        i did come across u bags today while i was looking and have booked marked her site cause it looked so lovely
        will have a shop there later
        Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

        my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
        my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
        my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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        • #5
          Hi

          Hi, i have made a few bags and came across this problem, i solved it by using a product call Stiffy.. its a liquid fabric stiffener, u apply it and it dries clear and stiffens the fabric.
          I took the lining and first measured my seam allowances and covered them with masking tape, sprayed and dried the lining with the stiffener, then used it in the bag and the seams were still soft enough to sow after removing the masking tape, and it helped the sagging problem very much, i have also sometimes used a heavy card between the fabric and lining at the bottom of bags, this works well too.

          Hope it helps

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          • #6
            thank you sam

            don't know if i will be able to keep a straight face in my local fabric shop asking him if he has any stiffy

            I bought 10 metres of heavy duty iron on interfacing on Saturday , now i just need to clear some space to start cutting fabric
            Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

            my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
            my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
            my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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            • #7
              lol

              yes i know it does make me laugh, but i think it also used to be available on amazon

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              • #8
                Hi Becky, all depends what type of bag you have in mind to what effect you'd like to get. I also have some extra thick interfacing which I use for my clutch bags but if its say a shoulder bag, I usually use a medium weight, and sometimes if the lining's thick that makes up for not having a thick interfacing.

                I never really use the iron on as sometimes it ruins the look of the fabric. Remember don't make a fabric be something it's not-if that makes sense!! i.e a nice satin shouldn't be made to go 'stiff!'
                Dee x
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                • #9
                  thanks Dee , next time we cross paths i may pick your brains ( or i may have given up all together and have a barely used sewing maching for you to buy,lol )
                  Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

                  my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
                  my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
                  my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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                  • #10
                    I agree with Dee - I let the type of fabric dictate the type of bag! Soft floppy fabric gets a soft floppy bag, thicker upholstery fabric gets a more substantial bag. I don't normally use interfacing in any of mine. The only time I used it was when I made a bag from two fabrics,one much thicker than the other. I used iron on interfacing for the floppier fabric but was never totally happy with the result.
                    One thing I have seen used successfully is to quilt your fabric into a sandwich of fabric, wadding and backing. That makes a nice, firm but squooshy bag.
                    Cathy xx
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                    • #11
                      I use the VERY heavy iron on interfacing (which I also bought on ebay) but on some bags I use 'normal' heavy interfacing and then a twill interlining in between the fabric and lining. It gives the bag more substance without being rigid.
                      I bought it from Terry's warehouse which is a home furnishing fabric shop near me but they are online too.
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