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Thread: backwards batting?

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    I have learned another good tip today, thanks so much to all for your input.
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    Ladies, thanks so much for the thoughts and info. I have used w&n before for smaller things, and just got lucky, I guess. I will be re-pinning the kaleidoscope quilt. it has a dark red backing. =/. It is a gift for a guy that was a (financial) guardian angel for my family, and I don't have any other way of expressing how much I appreciate him, and his associate. At least when I start fmq'ing the second one, I'll know better.

    I am definitely having 'pokies' on the kaleidoscope!

    I just hope I can pin it as well the second time! lol

    thanks again

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    Learn something new every day. But I just spent days pinning my full size quilt and I am not going to even check to see cause then I would just drive myself nuts . But I will watch out in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollytink View Post
    I have a related question.....on another thread (can't remember which one) they were talking about batting having a scrim and said that on the W&N site they explained and showed it. I couldn't find it anywhere on their site and am wondering if the issue of having a scrim or not is related to this issue. I did check the link to APQS and saved the pics they have there but I gather that it's not as much of an issue on a dm rather than a longarm? Thanks!
    Yes, the scrim has everything to do with it. With W&N and W&W, the scrim side should be next to the back of your quilt. It's the flatter, whiter side (even on W&W it's slightly whiter and definitely flatter). 'Bump it up' is what I've always used to remind me which way is up and it DOES make a difference on DSM's, at least for me...possibly because I usually have black backings.

    When quilting with the scrim side down, you are duplicating the way the batting was needlepunched and the batting fibers remain secure in the scrim. With the scrim side up, you are actually 'unpunching' the batting fibers and pushing them through the backing fabric.

    One other thing to remember if you permanently fuse fabric, like with Wonder-Under, directly to your batting...fusing fabric to the scrim side can result in a permanently 'less than smooth' surface.
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    I agree, I didn't know that there was a right and a wrong side to batting or wadding as we call it in Great Britain.
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    I have heard of this but I had forgotten. I don't use W&N or W&W. I Mostly use high loft polyester batting. Some does the bearding thing. Some have a finished side, sometimes it is hard to tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Yes, the scrim has everything to do with it. With W&N and W&W, the scrim side should be next to the back of your quilt. It's the flatter, whiter side (even on W&W it's slightly whiter and definitely flatter). 'Bump it up' is what I've always used to remind me which way is up and it DOES make a difference on DSM's, at least for me...possibly because I usually have black backings.

    When quilting with the scrim side down, you are duplicating the way the batting was needlepunched and the batting fibers remain secure in the scrim. With the scrim side up, you are actually 'unpunching' the batting fibers and pushing them through the backing fabric.
    Thanks so much, ghostrider, for responding. I felt a little guilty sticking this in the middle of this thread so I appreciate your response! This is yet another thread to save....I have so many saved that they may just kick me off!

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    As I understand it, the scrim is what they put on the batting so you can quilt every 2" or 4" or 8" and the batting won't wad up but will stay spread out throughout the quilt. I had not known that if you machine quilt from the side where the scrim is, it would poke out of the other side. So it makes sense which side you should have down. thanks for bringing this subject up.

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    I hadn't heard that. I need to look at my batting and see if I can tell the difference.

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    There was an excellent fact sheet on telling up/down sides on cotton/cotton blend batting in the ACQS (American Professional Quilting Systems) newsletter dated Nov. 2010 which I found somewhere on the internet some time ago.
    To make things interesting, they indicate some battings "don't have a right or wrong sides" which explains why some folks never have a problem. They do give this hint : often, a pin inserted into the cotton batting will go into the fabric much easier from the "up" side than the down. I have found this to be a good indication....

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    Hulalulu, that is a neat trick. I will definitely be remembering that one!

    Thanks

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    bumpier side up - smooth side down - got it!

    (Seems counter-intuitive, though)

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