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Thread: Joining batting pieces

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    Any suggestions for the best way to join batting pieces so that they are wide enough to fit my quilt. The quilt is a 58" square and my batting is only 48" wide.

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    You can butt them together and use a wide zigzag or there is a fusible tape you can use made just for this purpose. I have used it with cotton batting, not sure if it will work with poly, I'm sure someone else will clarify

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    i've used the tape too with cotton, i don't think it works with poly

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    I've used the tape so far with cotton, poly and Dream Green - works great

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    i've used the tape too with cotton, i don't think it works with poly

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    I use a basting needle and whip stitch the pieces together.

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    I make sure the pieces to join have a straight edge by rotary cutting them. Then I use the mending or zigzag wide stitch to connect the two pieces.

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    I use leftover pieces of lightweight fuisible interfacing.

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    I use a wide zig zag too. If the batting has a lot of loft I whip stitch it by hand.

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    here's my method:

    I hand whip scraps together.

    I use a slip knot for a knot, go down left hand batting, up immediately next to stitch, needle thru the loop, pull tight.

    You are up on the left, sewing about 1/2"-3/8" from the edge. stitch down in between the 2 battings, up on the right batting, down in between, up on the left batting. always up through the batting & down in the seam. When you pull it tight, it butts, no lumping, the stitches inbetween keep it from bunching. stiches are about 3 to an inch. goes really fast.

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    a wide zigzag with the pieces side by side- or the new batting tape works great- and yes it works on poly- and dream green= all kinds of batts==not just cotton

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    I've read about the tape but haven't looked for it yet. Does Joanns carry it? Expensive? Worth the cost?

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    Haven't seen the tape in Joanns. I think you could use lightweight fusible interfacing since that is basically what the tape is. If you use it on poly batting I would use a very low heat.

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    I have used it on poly with my little bity iron on a low heat.Lot cheaper to make your own.

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    I butt the edges together, use a basting needle and whipstitch the pieces together. If I need to piece the batting I always stitch it; however, I have been told that some longarmers will lay the batting together when they have quilted to the area where the batting would need to be pieced and just quilt over it without stitching it together. But I would be afraid it would shift before I had it quilted securely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    I make sure the pieces to join have a straight edge by rotary cutting them. Then I use the mending or zigzag wide stitch to connect the two pieces.
    This is what I do. It works great! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    I make sure the pieces to join have a straight edge by rotary cutting them. Then I use the mending or zigzag wide stitch to connect the two pieces.
    ditto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    I use a basting needle and whip stitch the pieces together.
    That's what I do too.

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    I but them together and use a faggoting stitch.

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    I use strips of thin fusible interfacing.... on all types of batting and it works great! makes a nice smooth bond

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    I like the tape - makes a smooth line. When I zigzag I have trouble keeping it even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    I use a basting needle and whip stitch the pieces together.
    This the way I do it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    I use a basting needle and whip stitch the pieces together.
    Me too, and it worked very well for my purpose. I haven't tried the tape.

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    Over lap the two pieces and cut a wavey line. The pull apart so they are not overlapping and sew together with a tight zig zag. That way you won't tend to have a straight line in your batting when you go to quilt. Hope that makes sense.

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    I have been butting the edges of batting together and zig zaging it for years....my friends used to think I was nuts but I was just being frugal. Now with the invention of the new tape my life is "sew" much better. I love this new tape. Works like a charm.....you have to try it!!!

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