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!
I'm totally interested in the Soft and Stable. Thanks for sharing a new product!!!
I would love to try some! I love your bags, they are so cute!
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!
so your telling us it beats the purple elmers glue stick…. way good to know
Becky (central Or)
Seams Sew Together says
Hope its available in Australia soon, would be handy for all my applique quilts.
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
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.
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!
I would love to try the Lapel stick.
annabelle g says
Thanks for sharing 🙂
I know other quilting bloggers have been receiving free LapelSticks to review. I believe blog authors need to state that information up front nowadays.
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 says
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 says
Thanks for the review of the Soft and Stable! That looks like a great product. =)
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.
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 says
Would love to try the new label stick! I can think of several perfect uses for it! Thanks!
I'll have to keep both in mind as I make a lot of bags and love applique!
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.
Bolo heads says
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.
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
Thanks for the great reviews. I would really like to try some of that Soft and Sable.
I would love to try some. I have recently started trying applique and I am very interested in this product.
I would love to Soft and Stable and LapelStick.
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.
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.
Your bags are very cute would love to try the lapel stick. Thanks for the chance 🙂
Simone de Klerk says
Thank you for sharing this with us!
Your Oak Park version is so pretty! I saw you walking with it on the Market. (o:
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 says
That lapel stick sounds like a life saver!
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.
Great, usable information. Thanks so much for sharing!
Messy Karen says
i would love to try both products. especially the Soft and Stable. nice review.
The lapelstick sounds very useful. It would be interesting to try it.
I'd love to give that lapelstick a try!
Thanks for the giveaway and the information on two new products. I will have to try both of them.
I'm very interested in both products – thanks for the review and giveaway!
I'll have to find some soft and stable to try! Thanks for the info!
Miss 376 says
What a great product, I'm about to start a few applique products and this would be perfect
Sandi P says
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 says
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' says
Lapel stick sounds intriguing. Thanks for the chance to try it. Nola
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…
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.
I'd love to try the lapel stick – thanks for the giveaway!
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.
I would love to try the lapel stick. Thanks for the chance.
Sandie ~call me crazy says
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!
I would love to give this a try! thanks!
Quilt Hollow says
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 says
ok I am in for the label stick sounds like just what I need.
Would love to try the Lapel Stick. Thanks for the chance!
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 says
They look to be great products- I'd love to give them a try!
Is the Soft and Stable a fusible product? Sounds interesting as I make a lot of bags also.
Thanks for sharing these new items.
Love your blog and your bags.
Christine M says
I like the sound of the Soft and Stable. I haven't seen it before. Thanks for the giveaway.
Would love to give the product a try, thanks for the chance!
Lapel Stick has a great reputation. I would really enjoy having some. Thanks!
LOve to try new products to make our life a little easier. Sandi
Paula and Mel says
I love to try a new product. Thanks so much for sharing the information with us.
Thanks for the heads up on the new products — I'm always anxious to find better ways of doing things!
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.
Nancy B says
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 says
Some neat products!
Love your little hexie. Glad to learn about a temporary adhesive that doesn't gum up needles.
Painting 4 Him says
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?
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!
I have heard good things about the Lapel Stick and would love to give it a try too.
They both sounds like great products. Thanks for letting us know…always good to get the insider info!
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 says
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 says
This sounds like a very useful product.
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.
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!
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..
Carrie P. says
Always great to learn about new products that can make our life easier. thanks for sharing.
love your bags.
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!
Thanks for all this info!! I would love to try both products!! Will keep my eyes open for them!! Thanks so much!
Beautiful bags Sherri! Yes I have been reading about this "glue" on differnt blogs, I would like to try it! Thanks for the chance!
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 says
Good to know. Soft and stable sounds perfect.
Mama Pea says
Thanks for sharing this info. I'll have to look for Soft and Stable. Looks like a great product!