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Cotton vs. Polyester thread and shrinkage

Old 07-24-2020, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by SherylM View Post
Yikes! That's scary!
You want to see scary?

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Old 07-24-2020, 02:26 AM
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Holy cow, that's really scary! And the reason I never leave my irons plugged in.

I hope there was no damage other than the iron.
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Old 07-24-2020, 03:20 AM
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Wow!!! Scary indeed!!! Do you know what caused that?
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Old 07-24-2020, 07:16 AM
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Patrice...inquiring minds want to know too.
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Yikes! At first glance I thought it was a skull !!!!
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Old 07-24-2020, 01:38 PM
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Wow! When you say scary you really know what you are talking about.
When I think of all of the times I have forgotten my iron and found it blinking in the
morning. ! I will definitely work out a system so that never happens again.

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Old 07-26-2020, 03:09 AM
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i never have figured out what caused that to happen.
the light also plugged into that power strip was fine.

i consider myself very lucky that it never burst into flames.
just melted and filled my sewing space with smelly fumes.

guess who tries really hard now to remember to unplug irons when not in use.
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Old 07-26-2020, 05:30 AM
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Were you there when it melted?

Or did you follow the fumes?

How did you get it out of the sewing room on a timely basis?

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I had a question whether to use cotton or polyester for quilting/piecing. I know there is another thread talking about this but my question is more specific...

I am a beginner and I am going to use a jelly roll for the first time. Now I read that the jelly rolls (specifically from Kauffman) shrink a lot but that is preferable not to pre-wash them because of the potential distortion of the grain and the amount of fraying it can happen. Also because it’s crispier without pre-wash and that makes cutting easier...

anywho, this got me thinking: polyester does not shrink, cotton shrinks. With this in mind, wouldn’t it be best to quilt in this case (without pre-washing fabric) with a cotton thread of weight 40? Then when the shrinkage occurs it would not pucker as much?

Excuses for my long question but this is something I am unable to find a clear answer on... 😅

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You may not get equal shrinkage on both fabric and thread.
I just finished a quilt using preshrunk cotton, used quality 60 and 80 wt. cotton threads to piece. I decided to wash it in cold water. Dried on low heat. Now I have rumpled seams. I'm sick that this happened. I want to iron it but fear breaking threads. Interesting thing, I ironed seams while assembling. Why wouldn't the thread shrink then? And can I iron it without breaking thread?
I think from now on I'll use polyester thread to piece.

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Old 11-16-2020, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by AriMeij View Post
Hi

I had a question whether to use cotton or polyester for quilting/piecing. I know there is another thread talking about this but my question is more specific...

I am a beginner and I am going to use a jelly roll for the first time. Now I read that the jelly rolls (specifically from Kauffman) shrink a lot but that is preferable not to pre-wash them because of the potential distortion of the grain and the amount of fraying it can happen. Also because it’s crispier without pre-wash and that makes cutting easier...

anywho, this got me thinking: polyester does not shrink, cotton shrinks. With this in mind, wouldn’t it be best to quilt in this case (without pre-washing fabric) with a cotton thread of weight 40? Then when the shrinkage occurs it would not pucker as much?

Excuses for my long question but this is something I am unable to find a clear answer on... 😅

thank you
I'm posting this mainly from a garment construction view but I do carry it into my quilting. All fibers should be of the same content, cotton fabric, cotton thread, cotton batting, cotton backing, cotton quiting. While the majority don't believe this reigns true and I argued the point with Rickey Timms. His response was "do you want all your beautiful quilting to disintegrate". My argument was, no, however what good is all that beautiful quilting if all the cotton has worn away from abrasion of polyesther thread. I piece with cotton and quilt with cotton, UNLESS I can't find what I need, then I go to rayon as it's also considered a natural fiber, then if all else fails for a small area I would consider trilobal poly. If I've spent months piecing, laying out, layering the sandwich and quilting if It's all going to fall apart it will do so at the same rate. As far as shrinkage, today's cotton doesn't shrink at the rate our mother's and grandmother's did. We have high quality long fiber cottons that have been mercerized. I'd not hesitate to stitch 2.5" strips with cotton thread, use my cotton batting, and backing and quilt with my cotton thread. I doubt it's going to wrinkle that much. Besides, IMHO it's the wrinkling and softness of a washed quilt that gives it the charm and the feel of sleeping at grandma's house. Only my opinion it may only be worth a grain of salt to some though but worth a thought.
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