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Can you sew fabric that has had it applied?
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Date: 7/3/13 2:15 AM

I've been wondering if I can change the characteristics of a fabric to make it more sturdy and durable. Has anyone ever applied Mod Podge (probably the 'fabric' variety) to the wrong side of the fabric, let it dry, and then used the fabric to construct an item like a shopping bag? I'm wondering if the Mod Pogde would gum up a sewing machine needle or cause other havoc. Has anyone tried this?
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Date: 7/3/13 2:45 AM

I just happen to have a piece of quilting cotton in my sewing room that has had Mod Podge applied. So I ran it through the sewing machine. No problem at all. The wrong side is a little "crunchy" but the right side is fine. It was just like sewing a very firm fabric and there is certainly no gumming up the needle because everything is dry.

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Date: 7/3/13 9:57 AM

I've done this before and it works fine -- no problem with gumming up either the needle or machine.

The key thing is to make sure that the mod podge is completely dry. Drying can take some time especially if the conditions are extremely humid.

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Date: 7/3/13 10:22 AM

Why not construct first; apply Mod Podge second?

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Date: 7/4/13 10:28 AM

There is also iron on vinyl that is clear and makes your fabric more like oil cloth.

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Date: 7/27/13 12:03 PM

I know someone who spread silicone over fabric with a credit card to make it water proof. I've been thinking about doing this to create a handle bar bag for my bicycle.
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