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    I am considering on buying a fusible bat. It would be queen size . Has anyone used fusible batting? How did you iron it, or do you just hand-press it as you do when using basting spray? Wanted to know before I purchased it. Thanks again for your help. Marge

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    There will be directions on the batting when you receive it.

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    I tried it once and hated it (thought it was too stiff), my friend won't use anything else. She spreads the sandwich out on the floor, gets a long extension cord and irons it.

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    I used fusible batt for some small projects and it worked fine. You just iron it on (fabric side of course). Don't know how it will work for a large quilt. Let us know how it works out.

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    I tried out a fusible bat. It worked okay and the kind I had required an iron for 5 sec, I think. The batting is kind of thin without much loft, which was okay for what I wanted and when washed did fluff a little. At this point, it was an experiment I tried, not overly happy with the results, but not against the product. It would be good in table runners and other things where you might use felt for the batting. It did take time to iron the queen sized quilt and I was doing it in rows and then attaching the rows together.

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    I tried fusible batting and hated it too. too stiff and hard to needle through.

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    I hate the stuff. It works ok, but lets off a lot of fumes as you press. It is stiff, as others have said.

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    I have used it for smaller projects and found it to be okay. It does get a little stiff, but washing softened it up.

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    I use fusable batting, and I love it. I get fusabale cotton, you need to hold the iron oon it for about 6 seconds, and then move the iron. I love that I don't need to pin baste, and the backing doesn't seem to move.
    Maybe you need to try a little project first and see if you like it. It's also worth knowing there are a couple of different brands, and they all handle differently. Same as cotton batting handles different to bamboo or wool batting.Good luck whatever you decide.

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    I LOVE fusible batts! The only things I don't like are that they don't come in king size and they're VERY bulky, so when you're quilting the middle of a queen, it can be a real struggle with the bulk in the arm area of the machine. But, the advantages seem greater to me than the pitfalls.

    I buy a lot of vintage quilt tops, and if you have a quilt that hasn't been pieced properly, you can force it to behave better by pressing the heck out of it and then fusing it to the batt.

    I've only used the pillowcase method one time on a large quilt - and thankfully, I was using a fusible batt, because it was one of those tops that refused to play nice.

    I pressed and fused the top, put the backing on the top right sides together, hand basted all around and serged off all the excess. Took out the basting, turned and ironed it, topstitched around the outside edges and then quilted it. Decided right then that I will never make a pillowcase quilt without fusible batt.

    You do have to iron twice - once to get the quilt top fused and once to get the back fused.

    I've only used the cotton so far, but I just bought a bamboo blend batt to see if it's as good as the cotton ones.

    The fusible does make the quilt a bit stiff, but this is actually a help when you're doing free-motion quilting. (Pushing a piece of cardboard around in circles on the tabletop is a lot easier than trying to push around a soggy noodle.) The stiffness washes away in one or two launderings, leaving a soft, drape-y quilt. They also shrink enough to give you that antique look after washing.

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