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Thread: Broadcloth vs muslin

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    Broadcloth vs muslin

    There is some broadcloth at joanns that I bought that is very silky feeling that I embroidered some tissue holders on a few weeks ago. My question is I have some muslin for doing some quilt blocks for a wall hanging but have been toying with the idea of using broadcloth. Is muslin stronger, is it a tighter weave. Is broadcloth okay for quilts
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    I just bought Muslin at Joann's as well. It was $12.99 (yes, I used my 50% off coupon) and when I put it next to the Kona cotton, the thread count, color, and overall appearance were very close. I guess that is the long way to say, the variation of 1.99-12.99 muslin available at Joann's really demonstrates the spectrum of quality.

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    The broadcloth I've seen is part polyester. That doesn't mean you can't use it but there are a few things to consider. It will react differently than cotton fabric so if you mix the 2 fabrics, some will fade and some won't. They also will iron differently so watch for that. I have made children's quilts out of all broadcloth and they really wear well. If a fabric has polyester in it, it is harder to do needle turn appliqué with as it tends to spring back when you try to turn it under.

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    It's fine to use broadcloth instead of muslin. I don't think muslin is necessarily a tighter weave than broadcloth; they are different types of weave, and probably last equally long. Solid colors always seem to be done with broadcloth; not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    It's fine to use broadcloth instead of muslin. I don't think muslin is necessarily a tighter weave than broadcloth; they are different types of weave, and probably last equally long. Solid colors always seem to be done with broadcloth; not sure why.
    I agree with Prism99.

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