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Thread: I have a stupid question

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    Junior Member bugsmom's Avatar
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    What is the difference between broadcloth and 100% cotton. I know broadcloth has a little poly in it but does it react differently? Are we not supposed to use it with our cotton? I just wondered because I've seen it and there are some really beautiful solids in broadcloth where I shop and I wondered if it was the same as using cotton or if I had to be careful?

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    There are never any stupid questions. I wouldn't use broadcloth in making my quilts because of the poly in it. They don't shrink the same and broadcloth has a tendency to pill. I wouldn't want to put all that effort into a quilt to have it not look so nice down the road.

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    There are no stupid questions!!! Just ones we do not know the answers to yet.

    I agree with Debbie. I would not use broadcloth in a quilt. On the very first ever quilt that I made (way back in 1982) I used a fabric for the backing that had a little polyester in it and it was a disaster! I would never recommend using any fabric with polyester in a quilt-it pills horribly and it does not work well with your 100% cottons.

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    Some of the new metallic print fabric is not 100% cotton....There is broadcloth that is 97% cotton. Broadcloth was orginally wool. I think you have to check fabric content on the end of the bolt. If you are making a kids floor-Tv throw a bit of poly will hold up better and the colors will last longer. :D

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    I would also use poly thread - if you use cotton, the two are diffrent strengths os would possibly tear.

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    I have never used broadcloth because I was afraid it would wear different than my cottons.

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