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Thread: Have you tried the fusible batting?

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    Have you tried the fusible batting?

    If you have tried the new fusible batting, how did you like it. I am very intrigued- I hate basting with pins or sewing. I have tried spray, it is ok, but I didn't get it quite smooth enough first time around.

    I am wanting to try this and would love to hear from anyone who has used it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tezell0801 View Post
    If you have tried the new fusible batting, how did you like it. I am very intrigued- I hate basting with pins or sewing. I have tried spray, it is ok, but I didn't get it quite smooth enough first time around.

    I am wanting to try this and would love to hear from anyone who has used it.
    I use it all the time for totes, doll quilts, and other small projects. It works well for me. I just haven't used it for large quilts.
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    Fusible batting has been around for a while. I used Hobbs brand many times in the the 1990s and liked it a lot.

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    I tried the fusible batting, and it was pretty good. But I still like basting with Elmer's School glue. I always have the glue and the batting so no need for me to go out and buy something else. But, if you do not like the Elmer's method, I believe the fusible batting is the next best thing.

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    I tried it when I first discovered it way back.. it was not what I had hoped for... I find spray basting to be mmuch more to my liking. As for getting it flat .. I use my iron ( set on just warm ... no steam) to go over the first part of the sandwich get that as flat as I want.. then do the second layer .. and I iron again. Thats what works for me to get it as flat as I can possible get it.

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    I LOVE Hobbs 80/20 fusible quilt batt. You do need a large surface to dry iron the sandwich together. I use the old carpet on my basement floor. I have done up to a twin size quilt without a wrinkle in the back.
    I recently tried the 505 spray and hung a small lap quilt in the garage to make my sandwich. It did not make as nice a quilting sandwich as the Hobbs fusible, but it still worked without any wrinkles in the back. NOTE: I used the 505 with a puffy polyester batt so that may have made the difference.

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    Have used both but prefer spray. It's not the best for people with breathing problems and should be used in a well-ventilated area...

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    You still have to either pin or spray the backing on to it.

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    I've used it for baby and lap quilts; don't think I'd ever use it for anything larger

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    It's okay but I still prefer Elmer's glue!

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    not much new about fusable batting- some people love it- some not so much- buy a small one & give it a try- i find it very handy for some projects---(small ones) but i don't use it for large (queen + ) quilts. i love it for table runners, placemats, totes...wall hangings...
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    So it is only fusible on one side? hummm, I will try it for some placemats I intend to make and see from there.

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    If it is Hobbs 80/20 quilt batt, BOTH sides are fusible. I lay my sandwich out on the floor and dry iron the front working from the center out. I flip over the entire sandwich and dry iron the back from the center out. You can peel up the edge and re-iron as needed to make sure the back is wrinkle free. I spend the most time getting the back perfect because that is the side you can't see while machine quilting. I put a few safety pins around the edge so I don't accidentally peel up a corner as I move the quilt around while machine quilting.

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    I used fusible batting on a lap quilt and had difficulty hand quilting with it. Otherwise, it worked fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If it is Hobbs 80/20 quilt batt, BOTH sides are fusible. I lay my sandwich out on the floor and dry iron the front working from the center out. I flip over the entire sandwich and dry iron the back from the center out. You can peel up the edge and re-iron as needed to make sure the back is wrinkle free. I spend the most time getting the back perfect because that is the side you can't see while machine quilting. I put a few safety pins around the edge so I don't accidentally peel up a corner as I move the quilt around while machine quilting.
    Used this batting for a long time and LOVED it. Since we pulled up the old carpet I no longer have a good place to do it. I am afraid of the heat damaging my new wood floors. The garage floor is concrete but too dirty. I loved the nice smooth sandwich it made. I also would turn the whole thing over and iron it from the back. Sometimes it would start to loosen here and there while I was quilting a large quilt. I'd just run an iron over the loose spots with and re-adhere it. I tried spray but didn't like it as well. I miss my fusible batting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    I tried the fusible batting, and it was pretty good. But I still like basting with Elmer's School glue. I always have the glue and the batting so no need for me to go out and buy something else. But, if you do not like the Elmer's method, I believe the fusible batting is the next best thing.
    I, too, love basting with Elmer's School glue. Fusible batting worked ok, but I didn't think it smoothed out as nicely as the glue.
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    Does the fusible 80/20 Hobbs batting have any 'pouf' to it once it's been ironed down?

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    I must have been living in a cave some place...I've never heard of fusible batting!!
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    Used it once, don't like it. It wouldn't stay fused. I use the curved safety pins when machine quilting, thread basting when hand quilting.

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    I used it once. It was great for the wall hanging I was making, but I would not care for the feel of it in a bed/lap quilt.

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    Hobbs 80/20 is quite flat when ironed and quilted much like any other 80/20 batt. It does puff up a little when the quilt is washed which removes the fusible. If you are looking for a puffy quilt, I think Hobbs polydown would be a better choice.

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    I always used the 505 spray and really like it. So much better than pin basting. I do not notice a strong smell with it. Have not tried the fusible but it would be great for smaller projects I think. Something I do want to try is the elmers glue though. Love reading others opinions on products here, sometimes a product is pricey and opinions of others certainly helps me make my decision.

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    I love fusible batting and use the Hobbs 80/20 all the time. I find it easy to use, to reposition and even to use doubled (for a thicker quilt). I have never tried glue basting, since the fusible is good for all the sizes I make.
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    I tried fusible batting /Hobbs 80/20 on a large quilt and found that it was trick to iron and get smooth. I use 505 spray basting and Hobbs 80/20 batting on large quilts and find that it is easy to use and makes the quilts sotf and a really nice weight that I like. I might try fusible on walling hangings / table runner or baby quilts. Try it on a small item or 1 time on a large quilt and see if you like it.

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    I love the Hobbs fusible batting, especially for smaller projects which will fit on my pressing table.

    For larger quilts, I get out the 8' square makeshift basting table, which puts the work surface about waist high on me. I layer the backing, batt and top like usual, just in case I get some spots where the back side of the fusible melts, it'll be fusing to the backing instead of to the plywood sheets.

    After I've fused the top, I flip it over and smooth it out and fuse the backing. Then I usually put it right side up again and bring the backing around to the front and pin it all around to the edge of the quilt top. It keeps me from sewing too close to the edge of the quilt and it protects the layers from coming unstuck around the outside.

    I wish they made the fusible in the giant 120" square size that the regular King batt comes in - for the King quilts, I usually end up cutting strips off of a second batt to do the borders.

    I try to always stock up on these when they're on sale at Connecting Threads.

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