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Fusible Batting??

gogojojo's picture

I accidentally bought fusible batting (packaged) for a queen sized quilt top. I have no experience with this, and don't really want to risk ruining the quilt top that took countless hours to complete. Has anyone ever used this? Can I just baste it as I would any batting and opt not to use the fusible qualities? Thanks in advance!

ohiostar's picture

(post #30433, reply #1 of 11)

yep. doesn't work as a fusible until you heat it.

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woodywoodpecker598's picture

(post #30433, reply #2 of 11)

just a off the cuff question here " would the fusible interfacing fuse from the heat of a dryer"?

KharminJ's picture

(post #30433, reply #3 of 11)

THAT is an excellent question! I'll see if there's any info in the "reference pages" at the cutting counter, this afternoon. (Haven't ever had the time to dig into the book!)

Kharmin

ohiostar's picture

(post #30433, reply #5 of 11)

Yes it will. I have washed lots of fusible interfacings, but I hang them to dry.
jann

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KharminJ's picture

(post #30433, reply #6 of 11)

Never did get to 'the book' today, but I did ask others for their experience, and "Yes! It WILL stick together and can make a mess of itself" in the dryer was the consensus!

Now, that said, and IF you can't return it (my first choice, too), you may be able to use it anyway, and do the all quilt-stitching *before* you either press or dry the batting. That way, you'd have only the (relatively) small spaces between stitchings to futz with.

And, is it fusible on one side only, or both? If it's one-sided, I *think* I'd use that on the backing side, rather than the art side. But, I'm always open to other reasoning...

Bright Blessings!

Kharmin

BTW - I just found that JoAnn's now carries a 100% wool batting by-the-yard! It's about 3/8ths of an inch thick, and very fluffy ~ 85 or 86" wide, $15/yard! Looks to be a regularly stocked item, too. Yippee!

gogojojo's picture

(post #30433, reply #7 of 11)

Thanks for the advice. I can't return it, as it was a clearance item (which should've been a red flag). I will save it for smaller projects, and get some regular cotton batting for this quilt.  If you use wool batting, wouldn't it shrink too much in the wash?

KharminJ's picture

(post #30433, reply #8 of 11)

I'm not very familiar with the wool batting yet, we just got it in last week, but I would think (UhOh - here comes my 'un?common-sense', kicking in again) that it would be treated somehow to at least somewhat avoid massive shrinkage... I'll get more product info and do some research, and let you know what I find.

Keeping the unfamiliar-to-you fusible batting for smaller, less invested projects, sounds like an excellent plan!

Bright Blessings! ~ Kharmin

ljb2115's picture

(post #30433, reply #4 of 11)

This has its plusses and minuses.  I would think long and hard before I tried to fuse a queen top to this then try to fuse the backing on the second round. This is quite a bit of fabric to try to control (puckers, ripples and the like) I have used it for small items, placemats, purses and the like.  Is it possible to return this??  I a regular batting would serve you better.

VKStitcher's picture

(post #30433, reply #9 of 11)

My advice is to not use the fusible batting on your quilt--save it for other smaller projects. I've used it only once in a wall hanging, and was not happy with the results.

I didn't want the wall hanging to be too "puffy", and the fusible was the thinnest batting that the quilt shop sold. Maybe it was because I quilted it before pressing it, but the back (the fused side) had bubbles, bunches, and creases in it even though I hand-basted it first. Perhaps it would have been better to fuse it first? I don't know what would happen if you used the batting without fusing it, especially if it will be washed and dried later on.

Good luck with your quilting--show us pictures when you're finished. :-)

Vickie

Vickie

 

Sancin's picture

(post #30433, reply #10 of 11)

How is sewing with fusible batting different than using spray on adhesive to batting? Same advice, but don't need to iron spray on?

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30433, reply #11 of 11)

The spray on adhesive I use goes away within a few days on it's own, before washing.  I discovered this when I waited too long to start the quilting process and had to respray it.  It doesn't change the "hand" at all.  The adhesive battings seem a bit stiffer than nonfusables to me.  I only use them for small items and wallhangings.