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Thread: question about minkee or minky

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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    question about minkee or minky

    Does anyone know if there are differences in quality among different types of minkee? I bought some in Joanns that never stops shedding. Is all minkee like that? I would love to use it in some baby quilts, but the forever shedding is not good. I would have thought that after the item is completed and washed, it would stop shedding--I thought that only the cut edges would shed--not so with the Joanns stuff.

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    Wow, I will have to check with some people I have given baby quilts to. I do wash on gentle and air dry baby quilts before I give them as gifts, but never thought about how they washed after that. I will keep watching this, like to know the answer also.

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    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
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    I have asked this very question at Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon, and have been told there IS a difference. "Minkee" is actually a brand name for the product, much like "Kleenex" is a brand name for facial tissue. Fabric Depot carries a similar product called Cuddle. However, having said that, I'm not sure which brand is best and if there is one that won't shed as much. I have yet to be impressed with anything purchased at Joann's.

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    there are huge differences in quality just like many other fabrics---and the minkie's i have used (and i have backed about 17 quilts with minkie to date) only shed along the cut edge when first cut- i tend to order it in the size pieces i need- so i do not have to cut it once i receive it- then when it arrives i take it out of the package outside & give it a good shake- once i use it & wash the quilt i've never had any further shedding....i don't understand why it would still shed after being sewn---but i do not shop at joannes so do not know what it is they are carrying- calling minkie.
    i have some wonderful buttery yellow minkie from fabric.com right now that is just waiting for the perfect quilt to go with- i love minkie! my granddaughter's call it the 'get naked' blankies---they love wrapping up in their's when they get out of their baths
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Senior Member tngal22's Avatar
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    I have used several different colors of minky from JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby. All shed when first cut but after the first wash, they have been fine. My daughter uses a blanket that has minky on the back, red actually, and it does fine with a weekly wash with her other bedding.

    I have just bought some "spa" minky from Fabric.com but have not used it yet.
    Mommy to a 6 year old little girl, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 2 fish. lol Life keeps me busy but when I have a moment, I love to sew

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    I think there is a difference. The first "minky" I bought at Joann's seemed fine; no bleeding, soft, but did 'shed' and I had to wear my mask. But I had never used it before so thought that was what it was.
    The next piece I bought at Joann's was not as soft. Acted the same, but still not as soft (it's a little stiff feeling) even after washing.
    After all the bleeding I had with the flannels, the thinness of the cottons and the stiff minky, I'll stay away from Joann's fabrics; just use them for other things.

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    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
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    Minky is different from all the different manufacturers...
    I just finished using some in a baby quilt for grandbaby...it was a bit difficult as it stretches when being stitched and the cotton doesn't...let's just say that my seamripper was being used quite a bit.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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