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Thread: need some advise from longarmers please

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    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
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    I need to piece my batting because it isn't wide enough. In the past (for my sewing machine) I butt it together and zig-zagged it.

    My question... if I do it this way, will it be strong enough to be stretched on the leaders, or will it separate?

    Is there a better way you piece batting for the longarm?

    Thanks!!

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    What type of batting are you using? Cotton or poly? If you are using this on a longarm you shouldn't be stretching it.

    On my longarm, if I have to piece my batting together, instead of actually piecing it together I just lay in the extra piece next to the batting and then quilt over it. If I piece it I end up with a "valley" where it is stitched together and it shows up in the finished project.

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    Oops, I forgot to say I'm using warm & white.

    crashnquilt, I thought about doing it that way, but wasn't sure if the edge would roll next to the other piece. I see what you are saying tho.

    Thank you! :D

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    Here's what I do:

    I take **cheap** lightweight fuseable interfacing (like what you use in clothing), and fuse the two pieces together. Sometimes I butt the edges together, sometimes they slightly overlap. This is fast, cheap, and works really, really well.

    I did this on one of our charity quilts, trimmed the edge and had one of the ladies look for the overlap. She was not able to find it, even with the binding still off the quilt.

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    Thanks Shelley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    Here's what I do:

    I take **cheap** lightweight fuseable interfacing (like what you use in clothing), and fuse the two pieces together. Sometimes I butt the edges together, sometimes they slightly overlap. This is fast, cheap, and works really, really well.

    I did this on one of our charity quilts, trimmed the edge and had one of the ladies look for the overlap. She was not able to find it, even with the binding still off the quilt.
    Now there's something I never tried. It sounds like a great idea. The few times that I had to piece batting, I did the curvy cut and then did the zig zag stitch and it never showed at all. Once I had to hand stitch about 4" across the bottom and that didn't show either.

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    jacquemoe, thanks, I never thought about that.

    My concern is that it will show thru because my background is white. It's the tiger lily one, that's why I'm using the warm & white batting.

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