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« on: August 11, 2005 07:09:59 PM »

Well, I making a bag for a swap, and I'm wondering, is it absolutely necessary for the bag to have interfacing? How does it add to the bag? And second, how is this added, as I haven't made a bag with interfacing before...
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2005 07:16:54 PM »

well...it's not absolutely necessary.  it's used to add stiffness to the bag, so that the bag can stand on it's own and retain it's shape a bit easier. there's iron on, which you iron onto the back of the fabric, and there's sew on which you sew onto the back of the fabric.  it's usually sandwiched between the lining and the outter fabric.  i suppose if your using a heavy fabric like denim or canvas, you might not need it, but if you're using something thin like cotton, then you might want to.  i tend to think it makes the bag a bit more sturdy and stable, but that's just me.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2005 07:25:05 PM »

That might be helpful. Thanks for that. But where can you buy that? I'm going shopping for the fabric tomorrow. Would they sell that at JoAnn Fabrics?
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2005 08:09:27 PM »

yes they do. pretty much anywhere you can buy fabric off a bolt, you can buy interfcing.  also, you'll find it comes in many different stiffnesses.  if you're not sure which to get, pick out your fabric first, and then ask a salesperson the best type to of interfacing to use  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2005 07:29:35 AM »

Alright! Thanks a million! I'll know exactly what to look for now!
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2005 06:59:12 PM »

I vote for interfacing all the way.  To start, I would try the iron in interfacing.  I think it's the easiest.  I've moved up to some pretty stiff stuff now that you sew in and I love it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2005 07:32:26 PM »

Just some questions though, I bought the interfacing, I iron it shiny siide down right? Second, Would I iron it you each seperate piece, or just to the main parts? And third, does it need to stick to the lining as well? Please answer as soon as possible! Thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2005 07:35:59 PM »

if you feel the interfacing, there is probably a kind of rough side.  that is the side with the little glue bits that are going to stick to your fabric when you iron it.  if you're not sure, test a little piece before you start ironing. 

you can put interfacing on the lining and outer fabric if you want.  i usually just stick it to one or the other, but you can certainly do both, and it doesn't really matter which (i don't think). 
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2005 07:53:08 PM »

I'm guessing that's for the main pieces, right? Would adding it to the sides help as well?
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2005 08:15:55 PM »

if you're going to add interfacing (i skip it when i'm feeling lazy... shhhhhh!  don't tell!), i think it just makes sense to added it to every side.  and especially the straps.  sometimes if i don't do the base of the bag, i'll still do the straps, because they really take a beating and i've had a bag or two that fell apart when i didn't take the time to really make the straps strong.
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