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Thread: Do you press your batting?

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    Super Member wesing's Avatar
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    OK, maybe I'm asking the obvious, but I've never seen this addressed in a book, and our teacher never told us to do it in our class.

    The first few quilts we stretched for quilting didn't stretch well. There was extra fabric in spots; not horrible, but enough for us to notice, even though we stretched them on the DR table and used binder clips to keep them taut. On the last three that we have done, I looked at the batting as we took it out of the package and it had all kinds of wrinkles and waves. So, I took them to the ironing board and pressed them with steam. Those quilts stretched beautifully and had no hint of bunching after they were quilted. This is definitely going to become an item on our checklist going forward.

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    Hmmm never thought of that. Thanks!

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    I often press my batting...it lays down so much better that way!

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    I press Warm & Natural with steam - not just to get wrinkles out, but for shrinkage before making the quilt sandwich.

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    I never thought about until I did my last quilt. The Warm and natural had wrinkles in it galore. I used my hands to try and smooth it out. I didn't end up with wrinkles after quilting, thankfully. I think it would have saved me a lot of aggravation if I had iron the batting.

    I iron the top and bottom so I might as well iron the batting too. Less wrinkles is always good!!!! LOL!!

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    Since you can't press the poly batting, I just let it relax. Lay it out, go watch a tv show or do something else for about an hour and it smooths out some. Or, if it's a smaller quilt I hang it on a design wall to sandwich and the wrinkles fall out more quickly.

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    I alway iron the folded area of the batting when I use warm and natural. makes it much easier to manage.

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    Never thought of this before, mainly b/c I used only poly batting and made just one quilt with warm and natural, which seemed to lay flat, but I have to check next time. Anyway, thanks for this idea.

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    Yes I would want the batting wrinkle free.

    If that meant laying it out for a day or two or even steam pressing. Why go to the trouble of making sure your top and bottom are pressed and have a wrinkled middle.

    Isn't it wonderful to figure things out by yourself! Great job!

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    I press the folds on poly and warm and natural by laying a damp dish towel over the fold line and to prevent the batting from stretching I just set the iron on the fold till it relaxes with a warm iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    OK, maybe I'm asking the obvious, but I've never seen this addressed in a book, and our teacher never told us to do it in our class.

    The first few quilts we stretched for quilting didn't stretch well. There was extra fabric in spots; not horrible, but enough for us to notice, even though we stretched them on the DR table and used binder clips to keep them taut. On the last three that we have done, I looked at the batting as we took it out of the package and it had all kinds of wrinkles and waves. So, I took them to the ironing board and pressed them with steam. Those quilts stretched beautifully and had no hint of bunching after they were quilted. This is definitely going to become an item on our checklist going forward.

    Thanks,

    Darren
    The last quilt I made was the largest, so used a packaged queen size bat. I too unrolled it and noticed tons of wrinkles and deep folds. I struggled with pressing this huge unweildly mass. Some areas were noticably thinner than others and there was actually a hole in one place. I had to make a patch for that and sew it in place by hand. From now on, I'm using it off the roll. Sewing sections together will not be nearly as awful as dealing with a wrinkled packaged bat.

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    I usually start with spritzing it with water and putting in the dryer for a few minutes on medium. If there's a stubborn wrinkle I will sometimes touch that with the iron. But usually it's fine from the dryer.

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    I have a roll of Warm and Natural right now and always press the fold to flatten it. I have used the bagged binding and pressed it also.

    Joann's usually has a sale on batting around this time of year, I think I paid $6.99 a yard for 90"+ wide batthing.

    JulieM

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I usually start with spritzing it with water and putting in the dryer for a few minutes on medium. If there's a stubborn wrinkle I will sometimes touch that with the iron. But usually it's fine from the dryer.
    This is what I was wondering. Couldn't you just put it in the dryer for a little bit to get the wrinkles out? Would it work on poly batting too?

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    Yes, the dryer works great for poly batts. Use low heat for about 15 minutes, and spread it out when you take it out. Smooth the wrinkles left, and let it cool. I've had to heat some twice.

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    I just toss mine in the dryer for a few minutes to relax the wrinkles.

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    I think that this is a step that is as important as keeping the top and back wrinkle free :D:D:D

    I either iron or toss the batting in the dryer and then finish by smoothing it out with my hands.

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    Never thought of ironing my batting till now! I use the warm and natural and have only smoothed it down with my hands. Hope to remember this tidbit next time I sandwich a quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Wife
    Yes, the dryer works great for poly batts. Use low heat for about 15 minutes, and spread it out when you take it out. Smooth the wrinkles left, and let it cool. I've had to heat some twice.
    by putting it in the dryer does it shrink the batting if it has cotton in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I press Warm & Natural with steam - not just to get wrinkles out, but for shrinkage before making the quilt sandwich.
    I put my Wm & Nat in the dryer on low --dry not wet -- for about 10 minutes. Came out smooth, no wrinkles and did shrink a little.

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    I always press Warm & Natural before sandwiching. So far, so good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I press Warm & Natural with steam - not just to get wrinkles out, but for shrinkage before making the quilt sandwich.
    Ditto

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    I cut the size I want then throw in dryer on low fir 5 minutes. I get it out and start my sandwich. Works to get out wrinkles and and preshrinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Since you can't press the poly batting, I just let it relax. Lay it out, go watch a tv show or do something else for about an hour and it smooths out some. Or, if it's a smaller quilt I hang it on a design wall to sandwich and the wrinkles fall out more quickly.
    I have read that on poly batting is recommened that you lay it out at least 24 hours ahead of time for it to breath and go back to it's natural shape and lay flat.

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    I steam cotton batting's as they sometimes shrink a lot. If I am using a poly batting I toss it in the dryer for about 5-10 minutes. Usually takes out the worst wrinkles.

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