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    Fusible Batting

    Does anyone have experience using fusible batting? Will it gum up my machine? JoAnn Fabric has it on sale 50% off and after I bought one I realized I should have asked the greatest bunch of advisers I have ever run across - all of you! Should I return it or is it usable and a clever product?

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    I have had no problems but I do not like it.

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    I have used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 fusible batting often. No, it doesn't gum up your needle. i soak the quilt when finished to remove any fusible.
    if you bought another brand fusible batting, just be sure to unroll it and ck for any glue globs. remove them as best you can. those could hurt your needle.

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    When do you use fusible batting and why? larger quilts? smaller quilts? wall hangings?

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    I have used it on a twin size quilt. I really like it - although trying to find a place large enough to fuse a bedsize quilt is a challenge. I usually fuse from both sides. also i occassionally have to go back and refuse - depending upon how much handling the quilt gets during quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josiegirl View Post
    Does anyone have experience using fusible batting? Will it gum up my machine? JoAnn Fabric has it on sale 50% off and after I bought one I realized I should have asked the greatest bunch of advisers I have ever run across - all of you! Should I return it or is it usable and a clever product?
    My quilting teacher said there is a real mess if you try to fuse as one solid piece. She said it is much better to just "tack" with your iron about the same distance apart as you would ordinarily pin.
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    I only have experience with Hobbs 80/20 fusible and I really like it. There are others, I think one is called fusi-boo and is a bamboo product? Check to see if your batt is water soluable too.
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    I lay my back down on the old carpet in the basement, then the batting on top, then the top.
    I iron the front, pick up the sandwich, flip it over and iron the back working out any wrinkles that have appeared.
    I want the back perfect because that is the side I can't see when machine quilting.
    I put safety pins around the edge to avoid catching the sandwich and messing up the fusing.
    I start quilting in the center of the sandwich.
    When I have a good amount of the middle done, I bring it back to the carpet and re-iron the back again in case anything has shifted.
    I like the Hobbs because it is water soluable but be careful not to use steam on the sandwich as it might unstick.
    I wash the quilt when it is finished and it fluffs it a bit and it gets soft.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I have used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 fusible batting often. No, it doesn't gum up your needle. i soak the quilt when finished to remove any fusible.
    if you bought another brand fusible batting, just be sure to unroll it and ck for any glue globs. remove them as best you can. those could hurt your needle.
    This is the product I have used and I have had no problems with it at all. Ditto if you buy another brand, you need to check for glue globs - they can really can bend a needle and that wreaks all kinds of havoc.

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    i use fusable batts for small projects-like tote bags- table toppers-placemats- wallhangings...ect-
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    I loved it when i used it, but i did hand quilt....can`t find it anywhere around here...wish i could oreder from Joanne`s ...lol
    Quote Originally Posted by josiegirl View Post
    Does anyone have experience using fusible batting? Will it gum up my machine? JoAnn Fabric has it on sale 50% off and after I bought one I realized I should have asked the greatest bunch of advisers I have ever run across - all of you! Should I return it or is it usable and a clever product?

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    I only used the fusible once on a table runner and didn't really like it. Bought it from Joann's. Believe it was the June Taylor brand. Cannot imagine using it on a big project.

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    I've used the Fusiboo bamboo fusible batting and it sewed just fine. But I don't like the hassle of prying it apart when it comes out of the package and trying to flatten it enough to fuse smoothly. Maybe there's something I don't know about how to do this, but I've gone back to pinning on most things.

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    I've used the Walmart fusible batting twice on kid quilts with good results (machine quilted on a frame). My needle and machine are just fine before, during and after quilting.

    I can't pin because of hand problems, so this is an excellent alternative. My other alternative is basting spray. Great stuff, very handy!

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    JoAnns carries a Pellon Fusible Fleece. Many of our customers use it for placemats & table runners----in addition to totes. I've never used it for a quilt.

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    I did try the fusible batting , but once I discovered spray basting , I never used it again. I found it was tough to fuse a full size quilt or larger with the fusible batting... and it was more work than spray basting.

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    I use fusible batting for practically every project I do that requires batting. I especially like it because there is no waste, you can fuse it in sections and feel secure about it. I never have a problem with the needle gumming up. I always use teflon sheets when I'm fusing so I don't get any of the glue on my iron or ironing board. I only use one type though, it's pricey but my success with it makes it worth it - Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece. I get it at Joanns.
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    I just got some to use for the first time and it did not want to fuse! Perhaps I was doing something wrong....maybe not enough heat in my iron. To me it just seemed stiff. I'll use it up, but don't think I will get it again.
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