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« on: July 21, 2007 07:28:23 PM »

I had another request for a bag from a friend. 

She gave me this fabric.  This is not a fabric I would have chosen, mostly because it is so slippery.  I could not get the interfacing to stick. (You can kinda see the fabric bubbling in the picture.)  I couldn't really turn the iron up any higher because of the fabric;  I scorched my test swatch.  Any help from someone who has conquered this problem would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2007 08:09:32 PM »

I'm sorry, I don't have any help to contribute, as I have never worked with slippery fabric before...but I wanted to say that I think you did a really nice job! From the picture the bubbling looks very minimal. The fabric is really pretty (though headache inducing for you Smiley) and the size is great. I am stuck making these little teeny tiny bags, when what I really need is a decent size tote! I'm sure your friend will love it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2007 08:31:20 PM »

Ooh, what a cute bag!  Cheesy

I'm assuming that the slippery fabric is a brocade? Truthfully, I've never really bothered with interfacing brocades 'cause 1) like you said, it's really hard and 2) they seem sturdy enough on their own, but I've only really used them on slouchy bags. Sorry.  Undecided

Anyway, excellent job. :]
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007 08:52:56 PM »

I don't use iron on interfacing because this happens all too often. I would try and heat it up again and pull  the rest of the fabric  away from the interfacing. just a thought. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2007 05:37:33 AM »

I have a very simlar fabric and no, it's not a heavy brocade, more of a slightly heavier version of satin (I assume it's the same as mine).

Haven't used it yet but thinking about it I will probably use a cotton lining and fuse the interfacing to the lining - or use a sew on interfacing... not as easy to use, obviously but avoids the nasty bubbling thing.

But do try and look at the positive - every 'mistake' is actually a learning opportunity  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2007 07:39:31 AM »

Try placing a thin piece of quilting cotton on top of the brocade to save it from getting torched, and use your highest iron setting.

Or do as punka will, and just interface the heck out of the lining, rather than the exterior.  Good luck!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2007 07:57:53 AM »

oh, and iron on a hard surface and not on the ironing board...I have a slab of marble that I use, and I put a pillowcase over it to give it the slightest bit of squishiness.  It works amazingly well for me!
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2007 08:15:22 AM »

read this someplace.........  spray it with starch.......that will stiffen the fabric.  As for ironing?  try a fabric over the brocade...... a cloth diaper works quite well.   
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2007 08:35:54 AM »

there is a type of spray adhesive just for fabric and you might try that, I've seen it in the store that I bought my sewing machine, haven't really looked in other places. It's called 505 Spray and Fix. It doesn't have that nasty smell that some of them have
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007 11:50:58 AM »

I have a very simlar fabric and no, it's not a heavy brocade, more of a slightly heavier version of satin (I assume it's the same as mine).
Yeah, it's not a brocade.  Just a slightly stiff satin. 
read this someplace.........  spray it with starch.......that will stiffen the fabric.  As for ironing?  try a fabric over the brocade...... a cloth diaper works quite well.   
I tried a thin cotton diaper, but that was too thin that scorched, a thick was too thick and it didn't stick.  The marble is an idea though, I noticed the bubbles were spaced kind of evenly- almost like the vent holes in my board.  Maybe it's time to get a new pad.
there is a type of spray adhesive just for fabric and you might try that, I've seen it in the store that I bought my sewing machine, haven't really looked in other places. It's called 505 Spray and Fix. It doesn't have that nasty smell that some of them have
That's an idea I didn't think about.  I wonder about the washability, though, I guess it wouldn't matter too much for a bag.

Thanks so much guys!  I may have to take it apart and try again!  Perfectionism stinks!
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