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« on: April 08, 2011 04:21:42 PM »

Let me start off by saying that I'm really pretty new to sewing so I'm not entirely sure what I need to be asking. Searching didn't help so here I am.

My problem is that I need some flannel in neon colors for some stuffed animals I want to make. Having failed at finding any, I thought that something shiny like vinyl might be cool and I've found some costume weight stuff in the right colors, but it's 2 way stretch. Is there any way to make it not stretch? I thought maybe ironing on some interfacing or something might work, but knowing almost nothing about it, figured there was more to it than I think.

Failing that, I could maybe use fleece, but again, I don't want it to stretch and I don't think I'd like the look of regular quilting cotton or whatever when paired with the flannel. Also, assuming the vinyl idea is plausible, any tips for working with that stuff? I sort of foresee problems with puckering seams and what not since it will be sewn into small curved pieces. Maybe I should just try it with the stretch and see if it works...

Any help is totally appreciated. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011 05:31:40 AM »

Iron-on interfacing should work *as long as* your stretchy fabric can withstand the heat needed to melt the glue on the interfacing. Try a sample. I would put it between rags or something in case it does melt, so it doesn't ruin your iron or ironing board.

Failing that, you could line it with sew-in interfacing or muslin. Just cut it out the same as your stretch fabric and baste it together before sewing your pieces together.  
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2011 09:39:18 AM »

Awesome, thanks for the suggestions. I don't know why it never even crossed my mind to simply line it. Well, it's lack of experience, but that still seems like an easier solution than what I was thinking. Thanks again!

« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011 06:59:54 AM »

Also, the vinyl will probably stick as you feed it through your machine.  A teflon foot will prevent this, but not everyone has one.  (I don't, and don't care to invest in one right now. Wink )  An alternative solution is to put a piece of tissue paper over (or under, whichever side the "sticky" vinyl is on) what you're sewing, to allow it to "slide." Then, after you've sewn it, you can just tear the tissue paper off.

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