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Thread: Need help with Insul-bright in pot holders

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    Need help with Insul-bright in pot holders

    Hello all....I've been sewing for many years; and quilting for about ten. I've had a very frustrating morning trying to make a few pot holders for myself. The Insul-bright recommends two layers of cotton batting, for absorbing condensation. So I have a five layer sandwich (two of cotton fabric, two of warm & natural batting, and one of the Insul-bright). I'm using my walking foot; and have had plenty of experience with that. I'm having trouble with occasional skipped stitches; and occasional needle thread breakage. I've changed the needle; rethreaded the machine; experimented with the foot pressure, one variable at a time; and I continue to have the same problems. I don't have these issues when I'm quilting a three layer sandwich. And I've used the same thread, too. I'm not going to make a special trip out to buy some other thread.
    If there is anybody out there with pot holder experience with Insul-bright, I'd love to hear your magic formula. I'm about ready to eliminate one of my layers of cottong batting; but thought I'd ask the board first.
    It's a good thing I didn't sign on to mass produce pot holders for a craft show!
    Thank you!
    Last edited by jdavis; 04-01-2012 at 08:15 AM.

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    I just use the one layer of cotton batting with my insulbrite and it stitches fine. I use 50 wt cotton & my walking foot. (I have only made a few and to be honest I find them too stiff even with just the one layer of cotton batt)

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    Thank you, Thimblebug6000.

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    You just need one layer of insulbrite, and one layer warm and natural or brite and it is sufficient. I have had no problem with the layers on my machines. Maybe your stitch length is too small, have you increased it to accommodate the thickness

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    I've never used anything but one layer of Insulbrite and haven't had a burn yet.
    "Worry is about doing something you can do nothing about."

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    We always recommend one layer of Insul-brite and one layer of regular batting. When sewing through Insulbrite, you also want to sew a lot slower than usual, and you may have to change needles more often, as it tends to dull needles quickly.

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    I'm beginning to not like insul-bright because i get tiny,tiny silver slivers in my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I'm beginning to not like insul-bright because i get tiny,tiny silver slivers in my machine.
    When this happens make sure you vacuum out - do not use canned air. Harbor Freight has a nifty attachment for your home vacuum that works very well: http://www.harborfreight.com/8-piece...kit-32994.html

    jdavis: Sorry to get off topic. I'm planning on making some hot pads soon so I am reading all the suggestions of construction. Glad you asked the question.

    Shari

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    When this happens make sure you vacuum out - do not use canned air. Harbor Freight has a nifty attachment for your home vacuum that works very well: http://www.harborfreight.com/8-piece...kit-32994.html

    jdavis: Sorry to get off topic. I'm planning on making some hot pads soon so I am reading all the suggestions of construction. Glad you asked the question.

    Shari
    No worries, Shari; it's so nice of everyone to offer help!
    I had much better luck when I removed one layer of batting.
    Going slow seemed to be the right thing to do, also.
    One last discovery: I found that when I switched thread to match my last two pot holders, it worked even better. There must have been a difference in the thread quality.

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    I recently made about 65 potholders and used one layer of cotton batting and one layer of insul bright and used a walking foot with a 2.60 stitch. I had no problems but i sure was tired of making them and glad I am done. Cut out too much from my scraps.
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