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Thread: Need Advice - Quilting with Minkie

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    Member qltnmom's Avatar
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    Need Advice - Quilting with Minkie

    Can anyone give me tips on how to handle a minkie backing on a longarm?

    Thanks,
    Connie
    Blessed are the cracked
    for they let in the light

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    At one of our quilt guild meetings, the presenter said to be sure to have the stretchiest grain of the minkie running side-to-side. She was able to quilt it on a longarm just fine that way, but the other direction caused lots of problems.

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    try to keep it *taut* without stretching it out of shape. I've backed at least a dozen bed quilts with minkie- quilted on my long-arm. i've really never had any problems. it quilts up beautifully and makes wonderful, warm luxurious quilts.
    as stated by Prism99- pull on it in both directions- find the direction with the most stretch & load it so the stretch is horizontal (side to side) instead of top to bottom- and just smooth it- don't stretch it as you roll it. make sure you are starting with a new needle- polyester's tend to dull your needle it is best to start out with a good new one. lengthen your stitch length a bit. i've used batting with mine but some people choose to not add batting feeling the minkie adds enough weight/warmth...your choice. personally i do feel that the batting helps keep the minkie from sliding around. are you using single or double sided minkie? the single sided has a smooth (polyester) back & the minkie soft side- double sided it is the same on both sides...the single sided tends to be more slippery- a bit more care is needed as you go.
    once i made my first one with minkie-everyone in the family wanted quilts with it- it is such a fabulous-warm-snuggly fabric
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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