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Thread: muslin is there a trick to it?

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    Ok I am getting very fustrated here. I cut a piece of muslin and hand washed it then machine dried it. I tried to iron out the wrinkles but no luck. It is more wrinkled now than before I washed it. What is the trick to getting those small wrinkles out of muslin? This is white muslin light wieght.

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    I use a hot steam iron and sometimes a little starch. It also helps if you
    don't dry it all the way and then iron while still damp.

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    I use a steam iron and also spray with water. I always keep a spray bottle of water at my ironing board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    I use a steam iron and also spray with water. I always keep a spray bottle of water at my ironing board.
    me, too, and my steam iron is always as hot as I can get it. Spray starch really helps to hold the ironed tone of it.

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    I use muslin in all my quilts, love the old fashioned look! I wash it, dry on low, and starch and steam iron it! It quilts beautifully, and I love the old fashioned look of it, right up my ally! :D


    Ninnie

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    Here's a question that I don't understand. If you have to put so much work into getting muslin ready to use, why use it at all. Wouldn't it be better to find a quilting cotton that takes less work to get it prepped? To me, that would take lots of the fun out. Help me understand.

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    Remember muslin comes in many different weights & qualities...a quilting quality muslin wouldn't take alot of steaming to "get into shape" JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by saravincent
    Here's a question that I don't understand. If you have to put so much work into getting muslin ready to use, why use it at all. Wouldn't it be better to find a quilting cotton that takes less work to get it prepped? To me, that would take lots of the fun out. Help me understand.

    I use it because I am an old fashioned quilter, and it was used a lot back when! Also I buy it by the bolt, 90" wide, and no seams in my backing most of the time. It also comes 108" wide! It has a feel that you can't get from any other material! Can't explain it , just the feel that I love to hand quilt! :D


    Ninnie

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    Ninnie...if you go to some place like Joann's you will definitely notice a different "feel"....the old time muslins were so nice & soft....lately the "less expensive" versions are so harsh.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Ninnie...if you go to some place like Joann's you will definitely notice a different "feel"....the old time muslins were so nice & soft....lately the "less expensive" versions are so harsh.........

    I am so lucky, in that a friend of mine owns a curtain shop, she makes curtains for a living, and she orders my muslin for me by the bolt
    I haven't bought muslin from a store for years. I get it bleached and unbleached, and I like the unbleached better!

    I wonder why it has changed so much?

    It's not an expensive material, and I use a lot of it Not too many of us quilters still use it on the backs of our quilts! Next time I am in a store , I'll check it out! Thanks for giving me the heads up! :D


    Ninnie

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