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Topic: Fabric treatment for bags, are you using it?  (Read 899 times)
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« on: July 07, 2009 02:35:56 PM »

(Sorry for my lack of vocabulary in English on this subject - I'm not a native speaker.)

I've found a couple of brands of spray impregnation (sp?) for fabric to make them withstand moist and dirt better. Are you using it? I've seen several of those lovely weekender bags here, and my first thought is that I want something that can take at least a little rain. Are you using yours as is or are you treating the fabric first? What would you recommend: first making the bag and then treating it, or first cutting the bag and then treat the pieces of outer fabric before sewing?

(I'm making something similar to the Amy Butler weekender bag in this:
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009 07:23:52 AM »

     First, your English is quite good - I understood perfectly what you are asking.  And your fabric is lovely.
     I recently treated a backpack with Scotchguard, a treatment to waterproof and stainproof fabric.  I applied it after I finished the bag.  The instructions suggest applying several light coats instead of one heavy one.  My bag is not completely waterproof - I would call it water-resistant - water beads up and runs off of it, but if it rains really heavily, the fabric gets damp.  There may be other brands that work better.
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009 08:40:35 AM »

Thank you for your answer! I haven't seen Scotchguard in my quick search for what's easily avaliable here, but water-resistant will work fine for me. Smiley I'm leaning towards trying it your way with treating the finished bag. The fabric is in the washing mashine for pre-washing now, yay! Cheesy Can't wait to get started, although I have some other projects I should do first... Wink
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