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!