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Date: 12/12/12 10:39 AM

I know I can use oilcloth..

any other type of fabric that would be naturally stiff?

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Date: 12/12/12 10:53 AM

Heavy weight denim. What are you making?

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Date: 12/12/12 4:29 PM

mmm.. I'd rather not say.. because I know everyone will be .. no don't use this.. use xyz.. etc etc..

all I want is just thick fabric.. I'll give denim a whirl.

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Subject: fabrics that dont need interfacing? Date: 12/12/12 4:46 PM

Lots of choices! It really depends on what you want the finished product to be, how soft or stiff, how durable or warm it needs to be, is it for apparel or utility or craft, does it need to breath or be water-resistant, do you need any inherent stretch (like twill) or do you want it to be without any give (like coutil, which is used for corsets)? Do you care what color or design the fabric is?

Some thoughts:
Canvas
Drill
Upholstery fabrics
Vinyl
pre-bonded fabrics
quilted fabrics
fleece (real and fake)
double cloth (which is actually two separate layers of cloth that are merged with threads in a way to be separable or used together)
Coatings, like wool flannels or melton
Faux suedes and faux leathers (pleather or similar products)

ETA: There are also products that you can use to treat almost any fabric to make it stiff, available for temporary or permanent treatments. Then you can make your own stiff fabric from whatever you want, without using interfacing. I used glue for one small project, but it wouldn't hold up in the wash if you need a water-resistant product.

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Subject: fabrics that dont need interfacing? Date: 12/17/12 2:03 PM

It's a corset, isn't it? I've made them out of all kinds of things, although I find when I use something with any stretch in it at all, it turns out much too big compared to my mockups. Even very thick and heavy fabric has way too much give if it has any stretch. (Even if it's not a corset, that's useful to know.)

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