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Thread: Quilting With Flannel

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    Quilting With Flannel

    When quilting with flannel do I do anything different? Needle? Machine settings?
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    Lower your stitches per inch. You'll need a longer stitch.

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    Wash in hot water and dry at least twice to shrink as much as possible BEFORE cutting. Quilt heavily, as flannel doesn't have the memory of cotton (it sags where not quilted).

    Otherwise, treat like cotton...starch to keep bias edges from stretching (although you will not get the material a great deal stiffer).

    You may not need to add batting if you use flannel for top and back...it depends on how heavy a quilt you wish to make.

    Good luck!
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    Before I prewash the flannel I zigzag the raw edge where they cut it (or all the edges). It continues to ravel, espicaly while being laundered/dried.

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    I make to sure to starch my fabric a smidge more then I do cotton.

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    Thanks for the information.
    Kim

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    I've never used flannel before. I'm glad I read this. I've been afraid to use it because I didn't know if I needed to do anything differently than with regular cotton fabric. Good question.
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    I just finished my first flannel quilt and I found out the hard way that you want a wider binding than 2 1/2". It was really hard to get it to turn over and have enough room to stitch it down. Cut your binding at least 3" wide.

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