I have tried fusible fleece, sew-in stabilizers, Pellon SF101 woven interfacing, and a few others. But what I tried with my two Super Tote's was ByAnnie's Soft & Stable and Lazy Girl Design's Stiff Stuff: Firm and these are the two I really want to talk to you about today.
Sew Lazy Stiff Stuff ( by Lazy Girl Designs)
This stabilizer is a sew-in version and similar to Peltex but said to be softer. You can use it in place of other stabilizers - where sometimes you need two layers for extra durability, you will only need one with this one.
- One of the cheaper stiff stabilizers on the market
- Bags stand up sturdy on their own
- Can be folded or crumpled and bounces right back to original shape
- Would work best for caddy's or totes that need lots of structure.
- Doesnt hold creases or folds
- A bit difficult to sew through
- Doesnt lie flat in the seams
- Adds a lot of bulk
Annie's Soft and Stable
Another sew-in, this is a lightweight stabilizer that is super soft but more on the pricey side. I cant really find anything comparable to it on the current market as far as look and feel go. It's very cushiony and plush.
- Extremely soft
- Easy to sew through
- Creates loft and puffiness when quilted
- Lies flat in the seams and doesn't add much bulk
- Very easy to cut through with scissors or rotary
- Pricey compared to LGD's Stiff Stuff
- Bags stand up nice but not totally on their own
- Holds creases and fold.
- Doesnt have that "bounce back" effect like Stiff Stuff.
Really, I think what it comes down to for me is that I like sewing with Annie's Soft & Stable but I like the sturdiness of Lazy Girl Design's Stiff Stuff. Just watch this video of a bag made with Stiff Stuff being crumpled and folded. If only there were a product smack dab in the middle!!
Stiff Stuff is just a pain to sew with in my opinion, I had to carefully baste every single piece of fabric to the stabilizer and there was lot's of sliding around even though I used binding clips and pins. With Soft & Stable it almost sticks to the fabric, making it extremely easy to sew with even if you don't baste the layers together.
What's your favorite bag stabilizer?