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    Who has used Insulbright? I just made some coasters with it and i did hexagons. I stitched them with a blanket stitch. my machine finally messed up when i changed the bobbin, so l cleaned it out. i found some silver slivers in there. That worried me a lot. i don't like that.
    has anyone made pot holders or other things and done lots of machine stitching? I certainly won't use insulbright in my coasters again but would like to make some pot holders one day. maybe just not too much quilting designs on them.

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    I have used it for several table runners and a hot pot holder and love it. I did notice one or two silver flecks but they cleaned out nicely. I don't think the silver flecks should be any more problematic than other lint, fabric fibers or thread pieces. It really isn't like aluminum foil in texture or anything abrasive. IMHO. But you really need to use your own judgement about what your are comfortable doing. Myself, I just bought a whole roll online for a good price. Probably enough for the rest of my natural years.

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    thanks. I had trouble doing the blanket stitch on four inch hexagons but got them done. i love doing SunBonnet Sue appliques because i turn the fabric the opposite way than the hexagons would go. still they did turn out nicely. I gave a few away at the office and of course got requests for more.

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    I don't like the way insulbrite feels. I've used it in potholders but honestly it doesn't stop the heat that much from what I can tell.

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    I used double thick all cotton fabric inside my pot holders and it worked perfectly. I use mine daily and they keep the heat out just fine. What I did to test first: I made a pocket of fabric, put on layer in.. tested..too warm (put cookie sheet in oven to get hot).. did one layer cotton puffy fill in.. almost good enough. did one layger cotton puffy filling with one layer of thin cotton quilt batting and that was plenty insulated enough. Two layers of the puffy filling is too hard to get in the machine for me. Three layers of the thin cotton batting also worked. My daughter made over 2 dozen pot holders for gifts this year and they are used and well loved. (her first projects learning how to use a sewing machine).

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    yes, if insulbright has a right side and a wrong side, i can't tell.
    When i make pot holders i may just put two layers of cotton batting.
    when doing the hex's i had to fill my bobbin, put it back in and lowered my needle to bring up the bobbin thread and it got stuck. wouldn't move at all. so i took the plate off and cleaned it out. scared me. I worried i'd broken my machine. if i use more of this insulbright i will certainly clean my machine more often. not fond of the stuff now, so won't buy more.

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    Yes, Insulbright has a right side and a wrong side. The shiny side goes towards the heat source in order to work. It reflects the heat back to the source that way.

    Also, Elisabrat, if you mean you are using poly batting in potholders when you say "puffy fill", please be careful. Poly will melt if it gets too hot. Cotton batting is the best to use with insulbright in anything that will have close contact with heat.

    Insulbright is also good to use for keeping things cold, so it is perfect for food carriers for hot or cold dishes. Again, shiny side faces the food dish. :D

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    Yes, I've used insulbright for potholders but now you've made me start to worry. I would hate to "mess up" my machine expecially when a couple of layers of batting would do the job just as well.

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    I use batting in mine.

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    You can also use the silver stuff used for ironing board covers along with cotton batting. JoAnn's sells it by the yard.

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    can't tell which side. they are both shiny to me.
    and i have some ironing board stuff somewhere too. silver quilted stuff.You should see my sewing room! maybe not!!

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    Most of the time I use 2 layers of cotton batting...I haven't notice a significant difference. :D:D:D

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    I checked the heat protection when I did my daughters potholder, and I used 1 layer of cotton batting along with the insulbrite. Had no problems with my machine due to the use of insulbrite...but then I have seen a machine the same model as mine sew together fur pelts like it was nothing....Can you imagine the "lint" from that?? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    I Had no problems with my machine due to the use of insulbrite...but then I have seen a machine the same model as mine sew together fur pelts like it was nothing....Can you imagine the "lint" from that?? lol
    :shock: What exactly do you drive, nursie??

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    Drive..lol
    A Bernina

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    teehee, I should have known! :D

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    When using Insulbrite, do less quilting. The more quilting the less heat resistant it is due to all the needle holes and thread.

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    I've used Insulbrite many times with no problems. I put it in my place mats and hot pads. I use one layer of Insulbrite and two layers of Warm N Natural. It does keep the heat out nicely, however, there is condensation on the table when you pick them up. Insulbrite does have a top and a bottom. The side where you can see the silver stuff crinkly is the top and this is the side that should face the heat source. One thing I really like about Insulbrite is that it makes your item less flimsy. Place mats sit flat on the table and keep their shape well.

    I've also used the quilted and non-quilted silver ironing board stuff. The quilted stuff is great, but can be difficult to quilt through because it's so thick. If I'm using just the silver stuff, I sandwich two layers of batting in between the silver stuff with the silver stuff on the outsides. Have made many pot holders this way. All of mine are now very thin on the inside after repeated washings, but still keep the heat out!

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    Could you please tell me where you got the roll from?

    Thanks! Happy New Year.

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    I've been using insulbright for years in pot holders and love it. Never had a problem with my machine and I only use a single layer, by itself. Mine seem to work just fine.....

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    I made 50 potholders for Christmas using insulbrite. I cut the insulbrite 1/2 inche shorter and therefore did not sew through it. Worked wonderful for me and everybody loved their potholders. Will attach a pic of a few of them. EllenK
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    I've used insulbrite. The quilting was minimal, and the potholders do their job. I don't know about using a blanket stitch. It seems to me that would be too much for the product.

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    Sure have used Insulbrite. Love it for pot holders mitts, and hot pads. I use a layer of Warm and Natural on each side. Just make sure to clean out machine after each use.
    I am a teacher and I always instruct new sewers on the benefits of clean machines and new needles for each project.
    I remember one older lady coming to class and afterwards she told me she thought the "felt pad" in her bobbin case was supposed to be there! No wonder her first home projects needed remedial repairs.
    It only takes a few moments to clean & change a needle-really will improve your sewing.
    Love to all and Happy New Year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lbatescpa
    Could you please tell me where you got the roll from?

    Thanks! Happy New Year.
    I will be glad to....as soon as I can find the box it came in. Things got shifted around over the holidays and I can't find the email confirmation email right now. So....give me a day or so and I will have that info for you.

    Have a great day!

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    The canned air intended for computers is near my sewing machines. It helps keep all the lint and such out of my way!

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