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Thread: Talk to me about Bamboo Batting ... Pros?? Cons??

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    Until recently, I'd only see bamboo batting in the plastic bags. Recently while in Lens (Ontario-ites will recognize this), I was able to touchy feely one of those huge rolls.

    I fell in love ... so soft and flexible, you just wanted to curl up in it. I'd always thought it was more expensive than Warm and Natural, but no, about the same price.

    So ladies and gents, please do share the pros and cons from your experiences. When do you use it? not? quilting distance? shrinkage? and everything you think a newbie to bamboo should know!!

    Please?? and Thank you!!!!!

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    I know I read a lenghty review on a website recently discussing the huge amount of chemicals needed to make the bamboo so soft. So while you think you get a natural product it's actually been through so many processes that there is nothing natural about it anymore.


    I will go look for the link.

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    I used it in a large baby quilt and it was wonderful. My LAQ had it on rolls and she love how it was to work with. I got the leftovers and it feels almost like you could bind it and use it as is. (no I won't do that:)) My advice is try it and see what you think.

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    I love the way it feels but never used it, so I will be watching this thread!

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    Here's one link, that's not the one I meant, though.

    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/02/bamboo.shtm

    I keep looking.

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    I've not used it myself. An online friend reported it was very easy to quilt but by the time she finished, fibers were bearding all over the quilt. She's no amateur, has made many wonderful quilts, even featured on the cover of a magazine.

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    Here's the other link:
    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...amboo-batting/

    Peckish posted it originally, she did some research on it and might be the best person to respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I used it in a large baby quilt and it was wonderful. My LAQ had it on rolls and she love how it was to work with. I got the leftovers and it feels almost like you could bind it and use it as is. (no I won't do that:)) My advice is try it and see what you think.
    Exactly how I was feeling when I felt it in the store .... though I do know, things aren't always as they seem. So I came for the wisdom of experience!

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    Even if tempted by the soft feeling, keep the following in mind:
    "We need to make sure companies use proper labeling and advertising in their efforts to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers,” said David C. Vladeck, Director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Rayon is rayon, even if bamboo has been used somewhere along the line in the manufacturing process.”

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    Rayon is a man-made fiber created from the cellulose found in plants and trees and processed with harsh chemicals that release hazardous air pollution.

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    I just finished hand quilting one with bamboo batting. I really liked it, but it was more expensive than Hobbs that I usually work with. Don't know if it was worth it or not. It had been awhile since I bought it so it may be cheaper now.

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