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    Super Member Country1's Avatar
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    Double knit quilt, try to put on frame and FMQ or tie it? I've never sewn double knit, it belongs to a friend. It is heavy so do I still use batting or not?
    Thanks, Penny

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    Yes to the batting. A thin poly is what we used in the 70s for nursing home quilts. Some were tied and some were quilted simply. I know nothing about long arms, so I can't answer that, but doubleknit is pretty stable.

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    There is a lady that is in my sewing group that has made 2 quilts with double knit. They are tying it as its so heavy and would be hard to do on a machine. And she is not putting any batting inside as it will be a warm quilt.

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    I received two double knit quilts as a gift way back when double knit was the "to have fabric". Both have a muslin type frabic as the backing, were quilted using batting and were quilted not tied. They have had a rough life as they were my son's favorite quilts. They have survived being tents, dragged to ball games,car races and a lot of road trips. However, they have shown very little wear and tear. If possible, I would use batting and quilt it.

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    THANKS to you all for the advice!... I think I'm feeling brave, on the frame she goes, wish me luck!
    Thanks, Penny

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    I have two double knit quilts. One doesn't have batting. The one with batting is extremely heavy but really warm. Both are tied. They never wear out.

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    Thank you for posting this question to the board. I have some double knit fabric and I did not know one can make a quilt from it.

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    My favorite winter quilt is a double knit one, both sides are the knit and i put a light batting in it and tied it, made it in 91 and still looks like new. Very warm and cozy, just wish i had made it bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    THANKS to you all for the advice!... I think I'm feeling brave, on the frame she goes, wish me luck!
    Thanks, Penny
    good luck
    :thumbup:

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    You can use double knit just for the backing and FMQ without a problem. My guess is that it would be fine on a longarm.

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    I think it would depend on the knit. Some are thick and some are thinner. If it's the thick kind, you should be able to quilt a simple pattern as long as it doesn't have to go where a lot of seams meet. Good Luck!

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    My grandmother made all her quilts from double knit. They were all 6 inch blocks and tied. I don't have one of them - I'm OK with it - I can't stand the feel of double knit or polyester.

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    I'm not a fan of double knit, either, but the nursing home staff loved them because they kept the patients warm and they washed up so well. Sewn with a poly blend thread, those things were indestructable.

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