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Thread: Heat press batting tape?

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    Senior Member krysti's Avatar
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    Heat press batting tape?

    I was just wondering if anyone has heard of heat press batting tape, and do you use it? And if you do, do you like it? What are the pros and the cons?

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    Senior Member QuiltingCrazie's Avatar
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    I just bought some to use up batting scraps. There was another thread a couple weeks ago on it. Most said great but can get expensive, someone gave a cheaper alternative can't quite remember. I would have had to buy either so i went with easy.

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    There was a discussion of this about a month ago. I've used it, I thought it was great. Especially useful for thicker batts that don't lend themselves to zig zagging. However, a great tip. Several quilters suggested just buying one sided fusible in yardage and cut that into long strips and use that instead. Certainly cheaper.

    BTW, the only poly I've tried this on is Quilter's Dream. I hesitate trying it with an all poly batting because it might melt.

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    i tried a roll of the fusible tape and loved it. i was able to patch together all those leftover batting scraps to use for quilts. if the actual tape is your only purchasing option, it's worth the price once you consider the cost of batting.

    it's also fantastic for a Quilt-as-You-Go project.

    then i went to the fabric store (look for one that sells fabrics for garment sewing, too) and bought yards and yards of the lightest weight fusible interfacing i could find. i was lucky enough to find one that is exactly like the tape. less than $3 per yard. if you cut it into 1.5" strips, you'll get more than 13 yards of "tape" from one yard of the interfacing. obviously, the more narrow the strips the more money you save. a 1" strip is plenty wide, really, which would yield 20 yards of tape. if the stuff you find is wider than the stuff i found, you'd get even more.
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    I gave a roll to a friend who was making a charity quilt and wanted to use up her batt pieces. She loved it.

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    Like Patrice, I bought the light weight interfacing and cut it into strips. However, I bought 3 yards and cut it in 108" strips. Since I mostly make oversize queen quilts using queen batting, I wanted my strips long enough to be able to use just one strip to add to the side of my batting. I have used this on both poly and cotton/poly batting. I just had to reduce the heat and be extra careful with the poly batting. Once the quilts are quilted and bound, I can't tell where the splices are.
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    I've also been curious about the tape. I wonder does it compress the batting and does it leave a hard place in the completed quilt? I read PatriceJ post and agree I would buy the lightest fusible interfacing and cut my own strips. Also how do the LArs feel about it?

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    Senior Member AnitaSt's Avatar
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    I've used it to piece batting and also for a quilting in sections project. Works great. I also bought some very lightweight tricot fusible interfacing at Hancock Fabrics to cut my own strips. I haven't done that yet but did notice that it is much lighter weight than the stuff on the roll...but would be much cheaper. It fuses very quickly to a poly batting...in like 2 seconds or so. Takes a few seconds longer on cotton or cotton blend.

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    I won a roll and tried it. great but not permanent. you just need to make sure you will stitch over that seam well when quilting your quilt. I use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton batting. if using poly batting you might want to use a teflon pressing sheet over it.

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