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« on: March 22, 2006 03:04:50 PM »

I have quilt batting. it says 100% polyester, 100% bonded polyester,seamless,washable,and uniform thickness. Someone has told us NOT to use polyester batting for quilts. Is this correct? Why not?
I am helping my sister do a crib quilt for her.  What do we get if not polyester batting? What can polyester batting be used for? thank you.
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006 04:40:50 PM »

I can't give you a scientific answer to your question.  However, I can offer up my own opinion.  Polyester is a man made material and is likely to shrink or change shape differently than the cotton fabrics used for your quilt.  This could cause a misshapen quilt, puckers, etc.  I also think It is also harder to quilt with.

Use the polyester batting for things you don't have deep attachment too...pillows, bags, pin cushions...

Again, just my opinion.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006 05:21:11 PM »

cotton and wool batts *have* to be preshrunk though.  But I prefer the natural fibers, they are lighter and softer warmth.


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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006 07:42:30 PM »

I have been quilting for over 25 years and can tell you that older polyester batting did something calle "bearding". it would come through the fabric, making your quilt look like it had a beard.  The new BONDED polyester will not do this and is fine for use in quilts.  I use it all the time.  I have no troubles and it is nice and warm.

Polyester is basicaly plastic fibers and will, by definition NOT shrink or change shape.  It comes the size it will always be.  It can be either hand or machine quilted, or if you don't want that much detail, can be tied every 4 inches or so with no shifting or settling.  It can be machine washed and dried just like polyester clothing can.

don't worry about it and have fun quilting for that baby  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2006 08:10:22 PM »

I second what bixby2 said.

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2006 01:10:50 PM »

I third what bixby2 said  Grin

I've used nothing but polyester batting in my quilts and have never had a problem even after many washings.
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2006 06:07:42 AM »

My only problem with it is that its slippery.  When you do the actual quilting you need to have it REALLLLY pinned down because the top layer and bottom layer will slide apart slightly.  Otherwise, its no problem.

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