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Thread: Batik fabric hard to sew through!

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    Super Member Bluelady's Avatar
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    I used to have a problem untl I switched to single hole plate and "sharp" needle. Now they go through fine! (and I rarely pre-wash)

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    Just an off the wall question....where did you buy them? I have made shirts for my girls out of batiks for a picture and I just finished a table topper and I hand quilted it. I never prewash I haven't ever had issues and I use cheap brother machines (not cheap as in crap but alot cheaper then most machines in price). Maybe it's the batch of fabric you bought. I think they are hard to sew because they have no give but my girls love them so I make quilts and projects for them with them. Never a problem with the needle though
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    maybe prewashing is the secret I had a batik kit so did not prewash and it was the most miserable stuff I ever worked with also I don't know how many needles I used but I decided no more batiks for me I will stick to lovely soft fabrics with all of their beatiful designs

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    I have sewn batiks and never had a problem. I always use a shmetz quilting needle.

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    The only thing I have found with batiks is my Brother420 sews normally very quiet, but with batiks sounds like a thrashing machine. However no problems otherwise.

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    as in ALL things, when it comes to "batiks", the term is used rather loosely these days. Not all batik fabrics are created equal. Most are not even "true" batiks. They are also not made with dyes, but with PAINT! So if you have a heavily colored one, with a print in it, and it is hard to sew through, it most likely is painted and not dyed! The cheaper box store batiks are worse. BUT so is Timeless Treasures!

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    Never really sewed much with batiks.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    I have never had a problem with quilting batiks--just wash and dry and press.

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    I always prewash batiks, because a lot of them have a very waxy feel to them when I get them. After washing they feel "normal".

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    I just went through this myself, but as someone else suggested, and I always do anyway, is I prewashed 2x's (I wash 2x's for batiks because of the dye in the water and a REAL bad experience with a quilt after washing it after washing batik once.) and I went to use a Size 14 needle and had loads of problems. So I called my mom and she said to try a size 11 needle, problems are gone.

    Now, I wonder if this depends on the quality of batik fabrics? Because, I've been working on a Judy Neimeyer Wedding ring quilt and most of you know that is with paper piecing and I've used a size 14 needle with no problems with the batiks I was using hmmmmmm......
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    I have just finished a quilt using Batik and used a 60/8 Universal needles and didn't have any problem. Maybe you can try it. Wishing you all the best I found the items on ebay.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160778457600...#ht_500wt_1054





    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    goodness, i've never had so much trouble sewing through Batik fabrics. when i have two of them together, they tend to dull my needle quickly or get pushed down into the feed dogs. i have some more that has fern print on them and when i add one of the fern with the other, it goes through easier.
    I changed to a Sharp needle but now having more problems.
    how in the world will i be able to quilt this thing?? anyone has this much trouble?
    most of the fat qtrs were splotchy print and then some fern print that was not as wide either.
    I have three more rows to piece, then to put the rows together. But not tonight?
    all lovely Fall colors too.
    maybe i should let a Long arm quilter do this one, he, he.
    Last edited by capucine; 05-15-2012 at 08:49 AM.

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    Strange!

    Batiks are my favorite to use and I've never had any problems sewing with them. Did you pre-wash it? I do all my fabrics.
    cparant

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    I've not had problems, but I have a friend who really struggled with quilting a batik top on her longarm. She researched the internet and found 3 suggestions that seemed to help most people: Spritz it with water, fabric softener, or silicone spray. She started with water, and that didn't help much. Then she went to the liquid fabric softener, and that helped a bit, but she was still getting skipped stitches. Then she spritzed with some silicone spray and that did the trick. She wasn't sure if it was just the silicone or a combo of the fabric softener and silicone that worked, but by that time she didn't care and was just happy to get it done!

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    I LOVE working with batiks...no problems at all. I do not prewash, I sew on a Bernina 730, use my walking foot, a sharp needle and Bottom Line or So Fine thread (top and bobbin). I like the stiffness and the quality of batiks. Make sure you have new needles and a clean, oiled machine. Good luck!
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    Try a Microtex 70 needle, it works much better. This was recommended by a quilting teacher.

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    the batiks that I have used seem to have such a low thread count, if they are prewashed they have been no problem

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    I finally got my top together. went to the quilt store and bought more for a border and to another quilt store and got some more fabric for an inner border. Now to see how to quilt it. i also picked up two long arm quilters business cards, just in case!! thanks.
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    I had some hand dyed fabrics a couple of years ago that I could NOT sew on my 6600P - and three of my friends could not sew it either with their 6600P. A friend of my took the fabric to a Janome store and they thought it sewed o.k. but I would never leave a seam like the one they thought was o.k. For some reason, my 9000 Janome would sew it o.k. - but that 6600P hammered like something I've never heard and just took the fabric down into the feed dogs. Never did figure out what the problem was........most batiks are o.k. but certainly don't sew like cotton. The hand dyed was a tight woven fabric like batik - I don't know if it's the dye or what. Maybe a different machine would give you better results.

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