This is the 35 yard roll of 18 inch wide sew in stabilizer. It can be used to make totes, handbags, placemats, or any other type of project that requires firmness.
The roll is $42.50. Actual shipping cost was $12.25 – with the total being $54.75. That leaves me at $1.56 a yard.
In comparison, Overstock is selling a 10 yard bolt of 20 inch wide Peltex #70 Ultra-Firm Sew In for $39.97. It was on sale recently for $31.98, but that must be over.
The roll of Stiffy isn’t quite as massive as I was expecting, which is somewhat of a relief. It’s compact enough that I shouldn’t have any trouble keeping it in the closet in the craft room. I’m excited to try it out to see how it performs!
Other goodies that came in the mail – these two 10 yard bolts of Pellon SF101 interfacing that I did order from Overstock. Out of all of the interfacing I have tried, this is my favorite for bag making. It gives fabric a little “heft” to it, without changing the texture or drape.
The one caveat I have is for making bag handles. I would recommend using *both* interfacing and batting. When I used just interfacing alone in my Aeroplane Bag, the handles were somewhat flimsy and that is something I would have changed about making it. I did use both in my Cargo Duffle Bag, and that’s the best combination of materials in my opinion for handles.
Buying commonly used materials such as interfacing, batting, and stabilizer by the bolt is definitely practical. By doing this, I save money by purchasing a higher quantity of the material and I have a supply that lasts longer.
Recently at the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo, I did do a tiny bit of shopping at the Handi Quilter booth. I picked up a pair of Machingers Quilting Gloves to continue my quest to become halfway decent at free motion quilting, and a package of Handi Grip – clear sandpaper-like stuff that sticks to quilting rulers so they don’t shift on top of fabric.
Other new tools include a new air soluble purple marking pen, since I lost mine at the Sewing Expo, and a box of Dritz Quilting Steel Curved Basting Pins. I have other pins, but they’re too large for quilt basting and left noticeable holes in fabric.
Can’t wait to start using these items – see you next time!