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Thread: Bamboo batting from walmart

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    My sisters walmart in Eastland, TX still has their fabric dept.
    We stopped by to get her some batting and found that they were clearing out some. One of them is a really soft Bamboo batting. I bought an entire bolt of the 48" wide one to use in some kids charity quilts. has anyone used this before?

    Do you need to wash it first? It feels sort of limp already! Squishy!

    But I was not sure if it would shrink!

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    I have never used it. Please let us know.

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    Sorry, personally, I don't know anything about the bamboo batting. However, I have heard some longarmers really love it.

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    Saw the same batting on the clearance table, have the same questions, help?

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    I've used the bamboo in a couple quilts now. it quilts up nicely. I didn't wash it before I quilted it however I don't normally wash batting with any of my quilts. It's in a quilt that i did for a friends daughter and it seems to wash well. I didn't notice any real shrinkage, but I think she air dries everything and doesn't use the heat settings.

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    The bamboo batting that I carry, Winline, seemed to shrink about the same as cotton. I have decided that *I* don't really like it in quilts, it seems to have no shape to it. I would, however, recommend it for quilted clothing since it is so drapey. It also seems to be thinner than the other battings that I carry, and is harder to find that sweet spot when adjusting tension so that the loop in the threads (where the top and bottom threads meet) lands somewhere between the top and bottom, so that I don't have loopies on the top or bottom of the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    The bamboo batting that I carry, Winline, seemed to shrink about the same as cotton. I have decided that *I* don't really like it in quilts, it seems to have no shape to it. I would, however, recommend it for quilted clothing since it is so drapey. It also seems to be thinner than the other battings that I carry, and is harder to find that sweet spot when adjusting tension so that the loop in the threads (where the top and bottom threads meet) lands somewhere between the top and bottom, so that I don't have loopies on the top or bottom of the quilt.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripped on Scotch
    I've used the bamboo in a couple quilts now. it quilts up nicely. I didn't wash it before I quilted it however I don't normally wash batting with any of my quilts. It's in a quilt that i did for a friends daughter and it seems to wash well. I didn't notice any real shrinkage, but I think she air dries everything and doesn't use the heat settings.
    Thank you...I did not think it would shrink being bamboo and not cotton or wool, but was not quite sure, as I have NOT used any bamboo yet.

    I do not know how this particular batt would work on a longarm, as it seems sort of flimsy..not very tightly woven. I think it would stretch too much myself...but I think for the little kids quilts we do completely on DSM's it will be fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    The bamboo batting that I carry, Winline, seemed to shrink about the same as cotton. I have decided that *I* don't really like it in quilts, it seems to have no shape to it. I would, however, recommend it for quilted clothing since it is so drapey. It also seems to be thinner than the other battings that I carry, and is harder to find that sweet spot when adjusting tension so that the loop in the threads (where the top and bottom threads meet) lands somewhere between the top and bottom, so that I don't have loopies on the top or bottom of the quilt.
    thank you for the info...this is apparently like yours...it has NO body..very soft, but alas very limp/drapey!

    maybe I will keep it for my new jackets instead of using for charity quilts...might be good in a rag quilt though...they have NO shape either!

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    Did you do a search here using the search feature above? There have been a lot of threads about bamboo batting.

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    IMO doesn't work well for dense quilting. I've used it on a wall quilt. Quilts well, some issues with getting adjusted because it was quite thin. Not my favorite, but not bad. If you think it is too thin you could always use two layers I guess.

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    i have used bamboo batting, but not bulk from walmart, so i really don't know the answeres you have...the bamboo batting i used was Dream bamboo and was not limp-thin-or anything like that...it was as stable as warm & natural, very soft and fluffy, quilted like a dream. no pulling apart/separating of fibers; no bearding...no shrinkage...washes up beautifully, has a wonderful (fullness-warm coziness)to it. the quilts i have used it in have been tossed into washers, and into dryers with no ill effects at all....but again...it did not come from wally world and does not sound like what you bought. since you bought a whole bolt of it i would make a table runner or placemat and check out the finished product before and after washing it...before using it in a quilt

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    I have used bamboo batting in a queen size quilt that was machine stitched and it draped beautifully and I was told the quilter loved sewing with it. I would go with it again but it is the more expensive than Warm and White.

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    The bamboo & rayon battings that our Wally World has on the clearance table is made by Pellon - their Legacy line. The bamboo is a 50/50 blend of bamboo & cotton with a 1/16" loft. My wholesaler for the prison sent me a sample board of all their Legacy line. It says that this will shrink 2-3% & can be quilted as far apart as 8-10". It does have scrim support.

    What really grabbed my attention was the really BLACK batting! It's a 70% cotton/30% poly blend with a 3/16" loft. Has the same shrinkage & spacing as the bamboo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    The bamboo & rayon battings that our Wally World has on the clearance table is made by Pellon - their Legacy line. The bamboo is a 50/50 blend of bamboo & cotton with a 1/16" loft. My wholesaler for the prison sent me a sample board of all their Legacy line. It says that this will shrink 2-3% & can be quilted as far apart as 8-10". It does have scrim support.

    What really grabbed my attention was the really BLACK batting! It's a 70% cotton/30% poly blend with a 3/16" loft. Has the same shrinkage & spacing as the bamboo.
    Great info as I can wholesale the legacy line. I got samples and it found it all to be too thin, stretchy, and wimpy! I was not happy with any of it. It is cheaper than most battings, so I guess you get what you pay for!

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    I'm curious about how this batting holds up in the test of time. I don't think it's been on the market very long. I do what to give it a try though.

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    A customer had me use some on her quilt...LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It doesn't need to be pre-washed. It has such a wonderful hand and drapes beautifully. It felt so soft! In the quilt shops it is very expensive...I'd have a hard time giving it away!!! What brand is the bamboo batting?

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    I've used it in a few baby quilts that I stitched in the ditch. The fabric seems to cling to the bamboo, and requires very little pinning. It drapes beautifully is is sooooo soft. I might try to do a lap quilt with it instead of sending them all out, which gets very expensive.

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    I've used it a few times, especially for baby quilts. Ideal for warm climates, washes well and f.m.q.s beautifully. Mine didn't shrink much at all. Just love it. Not sure of the brand name though, but I get mine at quiltopia design. They are on e-bay.

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    I have a friend who used it on a hand quilted quilt, she hated it, little balls of it came through to the top during quilting.

    It was a good buy, but I only purchased a yard to two to use on small projects.

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    I just bought my first bamboo batting at Joann. I did not wash it first. I love the way it quilts!! Also, the fabric seems to stick to it so there's less shifting when it's being quilted.

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    Also, it was not cheap. It was twice as expensive as the Warm and White I usually buy but I had a 50% off coupon. It was also thicker than the Warm and White. I loved it and I will buy it again.

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    I hand quilt everything and I found that the bamboo does beard with hand quilting.

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    [quote=Aurora]I have a friend who used it on a hand quilted quilt, she hated it, little balls of it came through to the top during quilting.


    I found the same problem with it when I used it. I used some purchased in Joanns. I thought it was really linty too and it got everywhere while I was basting. Guess I will try again with a different brand?

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    Sandwich a small piece - quilt it - then wash it to see if it shrinks.

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