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Thread: Another dumb mistake!

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    Another dumb mistake!

    I have recently been making some table protectors, which other people call table runners but which I line with Warm 'n Natural, one or two layers, to protect from hot dishes.

    I let myself get convinced that I should be using Insulbrite, so I bought some and tried it with a lovely batik topper. I learned two things: 1) it is not really "quitable" - it has no give, plus it crackles - and 2), the mylar in it seems to be making tiny cuts in the fabric that wraps around the edges of it. At least that's the only reason I can see for something that has never happened to me before.

    So, maybe it is fine for pot holders or mug rugs, but my experience says don't try using it for anything much larger than that.

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    Sorry about your discovery but THANK YOU for sharing, I had been considering using it for table runners for the same reason. Guess I've changed my mind.
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    Thanks for letting us know. I had assumed it would work as well but never actually tried it.
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    our quilt guild made a casserole carrier and the one part that wraps around can be used as a table runner. I guess it turned out okay.

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    Did you actually use the product Insulbrite? I have used it with no problems to the fabric. I machine quilted mine & had no problem with that either. Name:  P1010908 (Small).JPG
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Size:  52.9 KB It's true it does make a noise when scrunched, but how often would you scrunch it up?

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    Haven't made a table topper with it, always wondered about it though. Binding, quilting, etc. I have done and do not care for the sound it makes either. Made a ton of potholders and I agree with thinblebug6000's post-after it is on your table, will it be scrunched up? Do your issues have anything to do with the size needle you used? Guess I don't understand cuts in the fabric from the Insulbrite. Will have to test this out.

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    When I have used it, I find I need to watch the type of needle and weight of it. I also make a point to have a layer of thin regular batting on top of it or even on both sides ---If my table needs the protection of the insulate then the extra warm 'n natural can't hurt and might sop up spills. LOL I use a microtex needle and usually go one size heavier than normal. Does that make sense?


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee in Richmond View Post
    I have recently been making some table protectors, which other people call table runners but which I line with Warm 'n Natural, one or two layers, to protect from hot dishes.

    I let myself get convinced that I should be using Insulbrite, so I bought some and tried it with a lovely batik topper. I learned two things: 1) it is not really "quitable" - it has no give, plus it crackles - and 2), the mylar in it seems to be making tiny cuts in the fabric that wraps around the edges of it. At least that's the only reason I can see for something that has never happened to me before.

    So, maybe it is fine for pot holders or mug rugs, but my experience says don't try using it for anything much larger than that.

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    I don't think you should call this "A DUMB MISTAKE"....it is a learning moment....you would not have know if you did not try it.....The Biggest Risk is the one not taken....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliP View Post
    When I have used it, I find I need to watch the type of needle and weight of it. I also make a point to have a layer of thin regular batting on top of it or even on both sides ---If my table needs the protection of the insulate then the extra warm 'n natural can't hurt and might sop up spills. LOL I use a microtex needle and usually go one size heavier than normal. Does that make sense?
    I think adding a layer of thin batting probably would have helped. As for the small cuts, I can't imagine what else would have made them, but. . .maybe fairies? Maybe this whole problem is operator error, and I should cut it down to the batik and start again. I hate to waste the gorgeous tomato fabric of the backing/wrap, but this just doesn't lay right (and there are 10,000 little stitches).

    I also need to find a good 1/4" foot, as the two I have both allow me to wander. I bought an after-market walking foot, and need to try that out. BTW, I never mess with needles, and apparently this is a serious matter that I should learn about. I happen to have 3 sizes bought over the years, I am sure by accident, and don't even change one until it starts that popping sound. I'm probably lucky I don't have more problems than I do!

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    All the instructions I have seen for insulbright say to use it with other batting. I combine mine with Warm and Natural and have not had any problems. Sorry it's giving you fits.
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