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Can you use steam a seam on a quilt with polyester batting.

Old 08-14-2010, 07:45 PM
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I usually add my quilt labels after I am completely finished with the quilt. Sometimes I stitch it on even though I can see the stitching on the front. Most of the time I cheat and use steam a seam to fuse it to the back. I am not sure I can use a hot iron on a quilt that has polyester batting though. Someone else on here told me I couldn't do this to a fleece backing, so I was wondering about the batting itself-if it would melt. Thank you.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:02 PM
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When I pressed a block with polyester batting on the back, it came out flat as a pancake. I would hand stitch the label on.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by amma
When I pressed a block with polyester batting on the back, it came out flat as a pancake. I would hand stitch the label on.
I was afraid that's what would happen. Glad I decided to ask before I tried it. Thank you Amma.

One last question:

How do you hand stitch it on? Do you just go around the edges be careful not to grab the top of the quilt?
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:52 AM
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You could tightly do just the corners and a little in the center of the sides.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:26 AM
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i do it all the time and have not had a problem...i keep reading about people here having their poly batting melt from ironing fabric with it in...but in 10 years i have never had this happen...i iron/press LOTS the only difference between what i do and what i've read from others is the steam....i never put water in my iron, i use a spray bottle of water...but other than not using steam i really don't know why there seems to be so much poly batting melting. i always fuse my labels on then i hand stitch around them...have never had a flat / melted/ hard area on a quilt. if you are worried about it maybe make a little sandwich from your scraps and use your fusable and see what happens. and yes, when i do iron it flattens...that's what ironing does...but then when it's washed and dried it fluffs right back up just beautifully
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I've never had a problem either, maybe they are using a iron that is too hot.
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or steam it on the backing fabric before adding the backing to the quilt.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:07 AM
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I think I will try making a little sandwich and testing it. Don't know why I didn't think of that myself. I don't use steam either so I will try and see.
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