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Thread: Minky ? How to sew it?

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    Cool Minky ? How to sew it?

    I've always wanted to try using Minky as a backing for a quilt. It is so soft and cuddly. My daughter bought some and I've been working with it a bit. The nicest thing I can say about it - it's like trying to get a big cage full of monkeys to all sit still at once.

    Would love any and all tips and advice on sewing with Minky.

    Thanks.

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    I would like to know also I would love to do a minky backing

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    I spray baste the minkey to the top...don't use batting. I make the quilting lines just close enough to hold it together. It makes a nice,soft ,nicely draped blanket.
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    I do use batting with minkie it seems to hold it in place better. Smooth the minkie, place the batting. Smooth the top over the batting. Baste well. Use batting ( like warm & natural) that allows a lot of space between quilting lines, lengthen your stitch. Put in a good sharp new needle and quilt, being careful to not stretch it as you stitch.
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    I've done a couple of Minky-backed quilts and I totally agree with your analogy! I ended up hand basting the edge that stretched and curled so badly. I did use a lightweight batting. I think glue basting the edges would help, also. They are worth the frustration. The recipients love them!
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    1/2" seam allowance. Longer stitch. Ez

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    I use minky all the time, I have used it with and without batting. I quilt with it on the LA and have also quilted with it on the domestic machine. I do not find it that hard to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I spray baste the minkey to the top...don't use batting. I make the quilting lines just close enough to hold it together. It makes a nice,soft ,nicely draped blanket.
    I agree, the spray baste holds the minkee so it won't stretch while you "quilt" the two layers together! Works like a charm. Also a little longer stitch length!!!
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    I too would love to know any tricks. I know you CAN'T iron it so that leaves out using any fusible interfacing. I made two small pillows and it was like being with 2 dozen misbehaving toddlers !!! I would thing that if you did FMQ on a DSM that I would need to have the Minky side up.
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    The last quilt I made was flannel and cotton on top, filled with bamboo wadding and backed with cuddle soft which is I think very similar to minky? I basted both sides to the wadding with 505 and just quilted it normally. Name:  image.jpg
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Size:  1.38 MBIt's made a quilt that's super warm, very snugly and quite stroke-able

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    If you have a walking foot, that makes a HUGE difference. Pin a lot and glue when you can.
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    Thanks for all the advice, and the chuckles. Loved the quilt photo - that is cute! In the meantime, I will keep working until I tame the "monkeys" or run out of minky.

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    I made a baby quilt for my daughter to give to her best friend at her shower. I was at a LQS and picked out minkee for the back. I changed my mind because the clerk said it didn't wear well. I never heard of that. Should she really be telling customers that if they are selling it? I don't think the owner would appreciate it. Has anyone had a problem like this with minkee?

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    I use minky to back weighted therapy quilts. I spray baste the minky to a cotton batiste layer to stabilize it, then proceed normally. I straight-line quilt it and have had no problems.

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