Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Product Reviews


Recently I've had the opportunity to use some "new to me" products that I'd like to share with you.  First up is "Soft and Stable." I met Annie Unrein a couple of months ago at a quilt show in St. George and was able to have a demonstration of this amazing product. Since I make quite a few bags, "Soft and Stable" was of interest to me.



It is absolutely a wonderful product.  I used it in the construction of both bags I made for market.  The bags hold their shape, even when nothing is in them!  I've traditionally used either fusible fleece or a layer of batting/heavy interfacing when constructing bags, and this product gives greater stability than both of these methods while still being soft.  I'm definitely sold on this product.  The package pictured above made both bags shown here with enough left over for a 3rd, smaller bag. 



It was easy to quilt through as well...I did a little pinning, but not a lot as the "nap" of the "Soft and Stable" held the fabric steady.


Another product I recently reviewed is LapelStick.  LapelStick is an adhesive perfect for short term sewing repairs (think hemming pants until you have time to sew them), but it is also great for temporarily keeping fabrics together for applique'.




I have to say that I was a little hesitant to use it for applique, but I had no reason to worry.  It held great (this block actually sat for a month before I got around to stitching it). And there was no stiffness at all.  There was no gumming up of the needle, either.  Definitely, this is a handly little product to keep in your purse, suitcase, and sewing kit.  I have two extra samples of this to give away, so if you'd like to try this product, just leave me a comment, and I'll draw two names tonight.

Oh, and you can still enter the Hawthorne Threads giveaway on my previous post!

83 comments:

Stephanie said...

I'm totally interested in the Soft and Stable. Thanks for sharing a new product!!!

deserae said...

I would love to try some! I love your bags, they are so cute!

Staci said...

Thank you for the review of the Soft and Stable product, I'll be on the lookout for it!
I've seen that glue stick in every quilt shop I've been in lately and wondered about it. Guess I don't need to wonder any more!

Rebecca said...

so your telling us it beats the purple elmers glue stick.... way good to know
Becky (central Or)

Seams Sew Together said...

Hope its available in Australia soon, would be handy for all my applique quilts.
Mandy

Kris said...

Good morning, Sherri!! Isn't the Soft and Stable a great product and isn't Annie a cutie!! I'll have to try the Lapelstick - sounds like a winner!! Kris

Anonymous said...

I sew a lot of bags too so I am very interested in the Soft and Stable! And the Lapelstick looks like something I need to add too! Thanks for sharing! Jane E.

Gayle said...

I've heard this LapelStick is a great product and I'd love to give it a try by winning a free tube from you!

Tiffaney said...

I would love to try the Lapel stick.

annabelle g said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

I know other quilting bloggers have been receiving free LapelSticks to review. I believe blog authors need to state that information up front nowadays.

Brenda said...

Wonderful products! I love to read reviews. The glue stick is very interesting. It would be nice to use when working with wool projects. It beats getting stuck with pins! I will have to check out the fusing. I wouldn't mind attempting a bag someday but do not want it to be to floppy. Thanks so much for sharing about these products. This newbie really appreciates it!

Me and My Stitches said...

I really want to try Lapel Stick, but haven't found it anywhere yet. I recently struggled with fusing wool applique - maybe this is the way to go!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Thanks for the review of the Soft and Stable! That looks like a great product. =)

Gransie said...

Hi, Sherri! I'd love to try the Lapel stick. I'm just beginning to applique, and this seems like a great tool. I'm going to try and find the Soft & Stable, too.
Thanks!

Alli said...

Awesome, thanks for the product reviews! I like learning about helpful notions. I'm about to try doing paper pieced diamonds, so the LapelStick sounds useful. :)

Teresa in Music City said...

Would love to try the new label stick! I can think of several perfect uses for it! Thanks!

Melody said...

I'll have to keep both in mind as I make a lot of bags and love applique!

rjk said...

I will put those 2 products on my list of things to get. I am glad to hear about them from a person that has tried them. Thank you.
rjk@ndsupernet.com

Bolo heads said...

I am thinking of doing my first applique quilt this summer. I would love to try it out. I hardly ever win these things, so could you tell us where to find it so I can buy it.

Cathy said...

Thanks for the info on Soft and Stable. Will have to look for it. I just won a Lapel Stick and like you was hesitant to use on my applique. But it works and I love it. Hugs

Shirley said...

Thanks for the great reviews. I would really like to try some of that Soft and Sable.

Lynnae said...

I would love to try some. I have recently started trying applique and I am very interested in this product.

sherry said...

I would love to Soft and Stable and LapelStick.

Beverly said...

I'd love to try the Labelstick. Looks interesting and I have some hexagons to make mug rugs with. Might just work out perfect for me.

diane said...

thanks for the tip about soft and stable. I make a lot of bags too. I would love to try the lapel stick glue. Thanks for a chance to win.

Mom2RyandSis said...

Your bags are very cute would love to try the lapel stick. Thanks for the chance :)

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you for sharing this with us!
Your Oak Park version is so pretty! I saw you walking with it on the Market. (o:

Mary said...

Thanks for the reviews. I'll have to pick up both items - they sound great and I'd love to win a sample!

Mom of 3 said...

That lapel stick sounds like a life saver!

LeAnn said...

Thanks so much for sharing these great tools! I would love to try that batting as I want to make my own version of the bag you made.

maryc said...

Great, usable information. Thanks so much for sharing!

Messy Karen said...

i would love to try both products. especially the Soft and Stable. nice review.

Sharrieboberry said...

The lapelstick sounds very useful. It would be interesting to try it.

Sew.What. said...

I'd love to give that lapelstick a try!

KMSC said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the information on two new products. I will have to try both of them.

Deb said...

I'm very interested in both products - thanks for the review and giveaway!

PamKittyMorning said...

I'll have to find some soft and stable to try! Thanks for the info!

Miss 376 said...

What a great product, I'm about to start a few applique products and this would be perfect

Sandi P said...

I have some applique blocks I was thinking of doing and was thinking about trying the lapel stick since I had read good things about it. Unfortunately, I live in a small town with no quilting or crafting specialty store, so it is going to have to wait until I make a trip out of town - unless I win one of these ;) Thanks for the chance.

Dresden Quilter said...

I have never heard of Soft and Stable. Thanks for the review. I have heard good things about the lapel stick. Would love to try it out. Thanks for the giveaway.

Just Ramblin' said...

Lapel stick sounds intriguing. Thanks for the chance to try it. Nola

Rachel said...

Confession: I've actually used a regular glue stick on fabric - mostly to stick down a zipper when I'm sewing it in place. I bet the lapel stick works better...

krisgray said...

I'm really interested in trying the lapel stick with some upcoming applique I have on the UFO pile. Thank you for the chance to win.

Helen said...

I'd love to try the lapel stick - thanks for the giveaway!

Carla said...

Thanks for the reviews and giveaways. I'm in charge of promotional prizes for my guild and always looking for new products to share with my quilting friends.

Rita said...

I would love to try the lapel stick. Thanks for the chance.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I would really like to try Lapel Stick~ I've heard so much about it! Your bags are very cute, I'm going to keep my eyes out for Soft and Stable too. Thanks!

Lee said...

I would love to give this a try! thanks!
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Quilt Hollow said...

Where can I purchase this lapel stick if I don't win? I've been trying and trying to get my hands on one through giveaways and no luck. I'd love to try it!

Jan Marie said...

ok I am in for the label stick sounds like just what I need.

Joyce said...

Would love to try the Lapel Stick. Thanks for the chance!

Brita said...

Thanks for the two product reviews. I like making bags occasionally, but hate it when they're either stiff or floppy. Hmmm, I sound like Goldilocks, right? And I'd love to try the Lapelstick. I've heard of it, but haven't seen it yet.

Patchwork and Play said...

They look to be great products- I'd love to give them a try!

Shelley said...

Is the Soft and Stable a fusible product? Sounds interesting as I make a lot of bags also.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these new items.
Love your blog and your bags.

Darlis

Christine M said...

I like the sound of the Soft and Stable. I haven't seen it before. Thanks for the giveaway.

kimland said...

Would love to give the product a try, thanks for the chance!

Deanna said...

Lapel Stick has a great reputation. I would really enjoy having some. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

LOve to try new products to make our life a little easier. Sandi

Paula and Mel said...

I love to try a new product. Thanks so much for sharing the information with us.
Paula

luvtoquilt said...

Thanks for the heads up on the new products -- I'm always anxious to find better ways of doing things!

Denise said...

Thanks for the review. The Soft and Stable sounds like something I would like to use. So does the lapel glue stick. Have to find some both.
Love giveaways--thanks

Nancy B said...

Oh, I sure would like to make a pretty bag like yours someday! I would also like to try the LapelStick. Thanks for the give-away.

Pink Fawn said...

Some neat products!

Anne said...

Love your little hexie. Glad to learn about a temporary adhesive that doesn't gum up needles.

Painting 4 Him said...

I would love to try the lapel stick. I am just now learning applique and have been saving granny fabrics for a hexie quilt. This technique would be so helpful don't ya think?

Anita said...

Cool products! I've seen the lapel stick advertised, but not in any stores yet. Haven't seen the bag batting, will have to look for it. Thanks for sharing!

Kathi said...

I have heard good things about the Lapel Stick and would love to give it a try too.

Tina said...

They both sounds like great products. Thanks for letting us know...always good to get the insider info!

Cathy said...

I love making bags...kinda' bag crazy really. Would love to try the Soft & Stable product. I also heard about Lapel Stick a month or so ago, but had forgotten about it...another good product for temp hold while sewing. Thanks for giving these products the nod of approval.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love your product reviews. These are things I probably wouldn't have noticed in the store, or at least wouldn't have known what they were used for. Thanks for sharing!

Bev C said...

This sounds like a very useful product.
Bev.xoxo

Pat said...

Both products seem to be great. I like the glue stick as I am doing quite a bit of appliquing right now. Thanks for the info.

Trisha said...

I gotta get my hands on some soft and stable. I always wish my bags would hold their shape a little more than they do. The lapel stick looks perfect for appliqueing on my Dear Jane quilt. Thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE To try it. I tried applique the other day for the first time. The needle gummed up and i was so frustrated. I am going to a quilt store today to get some tips on how to do applique. I am making a bag to enter into the fair. So this would be a life saver.. Sure hope i won.. Have a great day. Thank you..
Terri E
Ventura ca

Carrie P. said...

Always great to learn about new products that can make our life easier. thanks for sharing.
love your bags.

shauna said...

Both of these new products look terrific. I'm also a bag maker and will being trying Soft and Stable as soon as I can get my hands on it. Thanks for sharing these with us!

paulette said...

Thanks for all this info!! I would love to try both products!! Will keep my eyes open for them!! Thanks so much!
Paulette

Chris said...

Beautiful bags Sherri! Yes I have been reading about this "glue" on differnt blogs, I would like to try it! Thanks for the chance!

Renea said...

I have never heard of the Soft and Stable. I will be looking for it when I am at the quilt shops. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Good to know. Soft and stable sounds perfect.

Mama Pea said...

Thanks for sharing this info. I'll have to look for Soft and Stable. Looks like a great product!