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Thread: Sewing with batiks

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    I see the beautiful batiks in stores and all the wonderful projects the have been posted here. Are there any tips for working with batiks? I made one quilt that included a batik fabric and I found that my machine sometimes skipped a stitch over the batik when quilting. Is this a common problem, or was it just that fabric? I would love to use more batiks, but I avoid them now. Any hints?

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    make sure you are using a good (new) sharp needle. batiks are wonderful to work with!!!

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    I agree. I love them.

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    If you are having some "issues" while sewing with batik, try making some minor adjustments to your machine - maybe lengthening the stitch just a wee bit, changing your needle to a slightly smaller size, etc. I've never had a problem, but I always sew on batik and will continue to do so until my 3,000 yards are gone! Personally, I would not mix batik with another fabric unless it "feels" the same as batik. For example, I would never use batik with a lightweight, cheaper WalMart fabric. This may cause puckering, skipped stitches and other problems. This is just my opinion and if this helps you, great!!!!

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    Usually batiks are much more densely woven. Often there is a waxy feel to the fabric that does not wash out, I am sure it is because wax is used in the coloring process and it just becomes a part of the "hand" of the fabric.

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    The shop where I bought my machine recommended a smaller needle when sewing with batiks.

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    Wash the batiks before using! Use Shout color catchers in the wash.

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    I have never had a problem sewing with batiks, but I do change my needle.

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    never had a problem--shame that you did--batiks would be the last fabric i would give up on----they have very little "give" and are so much easier to work with for that exact reason-they STAY PUT! Besides they are so gorgeously unique

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    Most of my stash is batiks, I love them. I've never had a problem with them, but I do change my needle regularly.

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