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Noaz Azanoir
« on: January 04, 2009 07:43:16 AM »

What exactly fusible fleece is? is it thicker then felt?
Does anyone use Fusible Fleece Polyester or any other type of fleece to their bags?
What type of interfacing or fleece did your guys normally used for making bags, tote, wallet./...
Thanks
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SoWasabi
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009 09:42:26 AM »

I haven't personally used it yet myself.  I was about to have a yard cut for me until the girl told me it was over $6 yd (at Joanne's) so I had her put it back and give me some Craft Fuse instead.  I'll just wait for it to go on sale.

Anyway, I did get a chance to feel it and it is definitely thicker than regular interfacing or felt.  It really does just feel like a nice medium pile fleece.  I would love to use it for a padded zippered pouch one day.

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2009 07:27:27 PM »

I've used it. I've made some thread holders which have a layer of fusible fleece on both fabrics. They are soft but will stand up by themselves. Can't find a pic sorry.

I've also used in several bags, fusible fleece on both inner and outer fabric and template plastic in the middle.

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Lody
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009 01:56:19 PM »

I made a little messenger bag (little, like, half a sheet of printer paper size) with fusible fleece instead of interfacing and I LOVED it. the bag really holds its shape very well, and I feel a little less scared about the stuff in it (like my DS) when I toss it around because it's some protection.  In a "slouchy" pouch it obviously doesn't have its place but in a messenger bag that needs some extra hold, perfect! I've actually been looking for someplace to buy some here (paris) because I want a big messenger bag made with it!
-loves on fusible fleece-
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clared
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009 07:30:45 PM »

Noaz, Walmart has  it much cheaper than joanns. I use it on both the lining and the shell of alot of my purses. I don't like the super stiffness of the interfacings.
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Noaz Azanoir
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009 09:02:37 PM »

I wish i could go walmart too... But i stay far away.  I live nearby singapore.  And we don't have Fusible Fleece here.  Its hard to find.

Where normally online store did you all purchase it? what type of Fusible Fleece you use? I saw several type like pellon fusible fleece, warm fusible fleece. so... any specific type? Do wallmart have online store too? (very stupid question)
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wildwoodgardens
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009 12:04:34 PM »

I have not tried fusible fleece yet. I have used interfacing on smaller bags and zippered pouches. For my larger bags I sometimes use quilt batting. It's alot cheaper and gives the bags some bulk. I use plastic canvas when purses need reinforcing on the bottom.
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nikkimama
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009 07:35:27 PM »

There are 2 brands that I use.   
http://expertstitch.com/9720.html  (HTC brand)
and
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3136&PRODID=prd48727  (Pellon Brand-Thermolam Plus)

Pellon also sells another fusible fleece - don't get it unless it says "ThermolamPlus". I've used it and hated it. It is not soft at all.

Good luck
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Noaz Azanoir
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2009 10:29:31 PM »

There are 2 brands that I use.   
http://expertstitch.com/9720.html  (HTC brand)
and
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3136&PRODID=prd48727  (Pellon Brand-Thermolam Plus)

Pellon also sells another fusible fleece - don't get it unless it says "ThermolamPlus". I've used it and hated it. It is not soft at all.

Good luck


Thanks.  I try to purchase somewhere in Australia too but I still cannot find one.  I did try to purchase in expertstitch but out of stock. 
Thanks
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SoWasabi
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009 03:08:01 PM »

As an alternative, would the same look be achieved if I cut up an old fleece blanket to use as a "batting" instead of fusible fleece?
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rainbowcreek
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2009 10:21:08 PM »

I have a couple of patterns that call for fusible fleece too. My wally's doesn't carry it and J's didn't seem to know what I was talking about either. I was wondering if I could use Warm n Natural and Wonder Under to make the batting fusible. Would that be close to the same weight?
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2009 12:27:17 PM »

OK I think I've been where all of you are a few months ago. I wish I'd found Craftster sooner! Anyway I hope my experience with this helps!

I took a class on the Camille's Bag pattern that said to use "Pellon 987F" fusible fleece and I just bought whatever "fusible fleece" they had at Jo-Anns, but when I got to class I found out it was the wrong kind.  After using the right stuff I understand why.  There is a HUGE difference between the actual 987F and everything else.  The 987F is thin, like thin felt NOT like fleece at all - it is soft but stiff.  I used the 987F on both the outside and the lining and it's a huge bag (like 14"x16") and it stands up by itself but it's still soft.  It feels like a VB.  Quilt batting (like warm & natural) might be OK but it is twice as thick as the 987F and not as stiff so it's definitely not the same.  The other fusible fleece that I bought (also Pellon) was twice as thick and not stiff at all, so it would not stand up by itself.  I'm going to use it up by making a laptop sleeve that doesn't have to stand up. 

A blanket or scrap fleece would not be a good substitute in a purse.  I've tried that. (Again, fine for padding but not in a purse you want to stand up.) I also tried a thinner (cheapo) batting that wasn't warm & natural and that didn't work either - it gave no structure to the bag.  Interfacing is is rarely on sale so you can use a 40% off coupon at Jo-Anns if it is regular price.  They also carry it at my local quilt shop for $5/yard and they usually have it even when Jo-Anns is out of stock (with the bonus that they will answer all of my questions! Totally worth the extra $1/yard!)  Also - the "987F" is printed ON the bolt/cardboard, NOT on the paper wrapper, so you have to ask to see the actual bolts and look for that number.  Once you feel it you will understand.  It doesn't feel like fleece at all and I think that's why it's so confusing. 
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rainbowcreek
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2009 01:54:10 PM »

That is a lot of good info, thanks. I will write the # down and check that out next time I go to J's.
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