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From: st13031
Date: 04-27-2007, 09:06 PM (1 of 4)
I just bought some stabilizer for a tote bag pattern, and then I read on line somewhere that it is not washable? Is this true?:bluesad:
User: st13031
Member since: 02-27-2007
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From: lendube
Date: 04-27-2007, 10:09 PM (2 of 4)
Do you mean stabilizer or interfacing?

Either one is washable but some stabilizers are the types that disappear when you get them wet. Those are used for machine embroidery that stabilize the fabric to get a good quality embroidery.

If you're just using interfacing to give the totes shape then you'll be fine. Some people pre-shrink them before use but I never have.

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From: st13031
Date: 04-27-2007, 10:38 PM (3 of 4)
Oh, yes I think I meant interfacing! To, yes, give the bag shape! The iron-on stuff!

HA! Did I mention that I am a beginning sewer? Or I guess I probably did not need to! :whacky:
User: st13031
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Total posts: 35
From: paroper
Date: 04-27-2007, 11:26 PM (4 of 4)
If it is that lofty stiff stuff (like batting that fuses?) I'm not sure that all of it is washable. Also, certain types of interfacing are not washable at all (buckram is one...used often to make things very stiff). Check the end of the bolt or package to see what it says. Everything that is bolted should be number coded in the stores, anything that is packaged should have clear directions.

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