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Thread: What is scrim?

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    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
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    I have heard this twice today referenced to batting. What is it?

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    Scrim is what they use to attach the cotton fibers to, this keeps the fibers from migrating around.

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    Senior Member spinnergs's Avatar
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    I bought a very loosely woven fabric for curtains one time that they called scrim... kinda like cheese cloth

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    In battings, it is a thin piece of fabric through which the batting is needle-punched. Needle punching batting makes it more stable. Needle punching batting through scrim makes it even more stable.

    Warm n Natural is an example of a batting that is needle-punched through scrim. It is very, very stable so needs to be quilted only 10" or so apart, or a quilt with this kind of batting can be tied. Scrim can give a batting a slightly more stiff drape.

    My favorite batting is Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton, a very old-fashioned batting that has been in use for many decades. It is not needle punched and therefore needs to be quilted about every 2". It would not be a good batting to use in a tied quilt, because the batting would have a tendency to ball up with washings and use. It needs close quilting to keep it in place. I love it, though, because it becomes softer with every washing. After about 10 years of hard use, a quilt with this batting is soft as a cloud!

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    Senior Member spinnergs's Avatar
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    Picking batting is always my hardest part, so many to choose from!

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    Is the scrim on both sides of the batting? If so, should the scrim be on the top or bottom of the quilt or doesn't it matter?
    Thanks!

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    As far as I know there is only one layer of scrim (a "net" of polypropylene fibres) where the cotton is needle-punched through.

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