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I May Have Helped Prevent a Fire

Old 01-15-2014, 06:07 AM
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There is batting for this. I believe it is called Warm Tater and may be made by the same company that makes Warm and Natural/White. I've seen it in quilt shops and higher end fabric stores. All the materials you use to make these needs to be 100% cotton otherwise you'll have a melting and fire issue.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:32 AM
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My mom gave me a potato bag many years ago. She purchased them at a craft fair. I just love it. A few years later I was at the same craft fair with her and purchased a few to give as gifts. I gave one to each of my closest girlfriends, and brought one to my MIL. My girlfriends just love theirs, and frequently email me to say they were thinking of me while they used the awesome bag for dinner that night. My MIL decided to use hers for the first time while we were there for the weekend. Hers caught fire! I don't know if there was a scrap of a broken needle in hers, if the maker used the wrong batting by mistake, or if it was her super-powered convection microwave, but now I'm afraid to give them as gifts. In the past I would toss 4 potatoes into mine, start up the microwave for 6 minutes, and go outdoors, to start the grill, or pick veggies from the garden. I'm much more careful about leaving the house while it's in the microwave now!
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:03 AM
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I make the bags without batting, just use four layers of cotton fabric. No problem with them overheating and a great way to use up scraps for the middle.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:26 AM
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Pellon has a new microwave safe batting that is called Wrap-N-Zap. Love the name. It's available at J's. It is a little thinner than Warm Tater and I used it on the microwave bowl holders. Like it a lot for those.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:06 AM
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Good for you. If she would have given the bags as a gift and a fire resulted, she would have had difficulty forgiving herself. Thank you for going with your gut.

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:47 AM
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Definitely NOT buttin' in when you are saving someone from potential hazards. Good for you for speaking up!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
glad you could help her you suggested insulbrite?
Insulbrite has metallic threads embedded in it. I wouldn't recommend it for potato bags or bowl potholders, but I would recommend it for potholders and tablerunners.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:56 AM
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I certainly believe that if you can prevent a quilting disaster and especially not setting your MW on fire, I think you were right to "butt" in. Sometimes the people cutting fabric are not quilters and may not be familiar with all the new, wonderful products that have come out in recent years.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:40 AM
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Not quite sure why potatoes would be put into fabric bag to microwave can someone let me know the benefits of using bag compared to just putting in as is. Thanks
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:37 PM
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Fabric in the microwave is the dumbest ideas ever!
First I zap the potatoes, then splash with water, roll in saran wrap and drop into my large oven mitt and sit aside.
Then I fix the meal, by the time dinner is ready the potatoes are well done.
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