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Thread: Muslin, Oh'Muslin..which one art thou?!!!

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    Who else stands at the bolts of muslin with beads of sweat pulsating on our temples and start pulling their hair out and silently screaming inside for the right one to come forward?!! I slide my hand between the folded muslin...if I see too much skin...I keep moving. I prefer 100% cotton in all my fabrics...so, that dumps about half the stack! (I don't even know the other fibers listed! Never heard of them before! )But, the other 40 still on the shelf...have me screaming!! How about you?!!
    I would like to find a good natural, 100% muslin that I could use as a foundation and also to use as backgrounds....I'm totally cotton dumb-foundedly stumped....(and, yes, I just made up that word!LOL)
    Please, Oh please give your opinion...there is no right or wrong...I just need a direction and why!
    Here's some examples of what I run into...go to: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2555 it's just 2 pages of muslins....no sweat!LOL Skeat

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    I would think that knowing the thread count would be the key to this dilemma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Sorry, don't ask me how to help! I never could figure out all those different muslins. So I just buy the white or cream or whatever of regular quilting cotton. I will be anxious to see what other quilters have to say!
    Glad to hear there are others stumped too Loretta;)Then it is a good question that maybe others have been pondering on too...:)Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I would think that knowing the thread count would be the key to this dilemma.
    okay...which way??Too many threads make it too 'sheety'??I don't know...speaking of sheets....I run into this when it is time to buy those too!:)Skeat

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    I recently purchased the Kona muslin for a project & I really like it.
    Hope this helps. good luck with deciding! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I would think that knowing the thread count would be the key to this dilemma.
    okay...which way??Too many threads make it too 'sheety'??I don't know...speaking of sheets....I run into this when it is time to buy those too!:)Skeat
    http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1651891-AA.shtml

    I learned a lot about muslin from Dharma Trading company. I just went to their website clicked on cotton fabrics/muslin/ then clicked on any of the muslins listed and they started talking about so much oz, etc. With sheets, the more thread count, the softer it will feel. The more the thread count, the harder it is to HAND QUILT through ... I use regular sheets for my quilts lots of times.
    The deal with muslin is the looser the weave, the fewer threads per inch ... and, if you want a more substantial fabric based on what you consider a good thread count, then pre-wash it to shrink it down and then you will find the threads closer and more sturdy.
    sort of like flannels ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Is the purpose of using muslin is that it is a softer fabric? Or Thinner fabric? Or just a way to economize on fabric? My Mom always bought muslin, but I thought it was because we were poor! LOL!
    LOL ... our perceptions as youngsters sometimes caused us to not understand thrift, eh?

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    http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...ic_cotton.html

    This is an example of the description afforded by Dharma trading.com and it suggests this as a quilting fabric ... at $9 a yard for a width of 120", and a company that educates you as it sells you stuff, I would follow their lead and expect that much information from any purveyor of the supplies I desire.

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    I use quilt essential.
    A friend of mine owns a curtain shop and orders it by the bolt!
    creative products group
    made in SC
    thats all I know , other than it is first grade and I use it on all my backs, love the soft old fashioned feel and look!

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    My first rule is pick out the width. (love that 108")
    Next pick out the color (white or cream).
    Then find the one in that combo made by Kona (Robert Kaufmann).

    Done.

    tim in san jose

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    Tim, that would certainly make it easier. I have some muslin in my stash, but it seems to thin to me. I need to find some kona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Tim, that would certainly make it easier. I have some muslin in my stash, but it seems to thin to me. I need to find some kona.
    they have it at JoAnns here. I used my 40% coupon.

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    I will second what Tim said....
    K

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    I usually read everything. I did not know their was so much difference in muslins. I haven't bought much though. May order some online, now. I think I would like the wider ones, too. this is a good thread...lol.
    Skeat!
    Started reading, and sounded a bit like me, sometimes! :wink:
    Let us know, what you decide, and how it works for ya. :D

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    Fancy having so many to choose from that you all seem to be in a bit of a dilemma! Perhaps living in a quit desert is easier after all. My LQS only stocks one muslin (called Calico here). You either buy that one, you shop online, or you do without. On the sheet thread, I wouldn't be without my 350 thread count sheets bought from QVC - absolute bliss!

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    I usually order the 200 count muslin from Joann on-line...I buy it by the bolt...If I am in the store I get the Kona muslin...both are very nice...

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    I buy the super muslin. You can not see your hand through it. It is very durable. It works great for applique using my machine to stitch it on. I am not so sure how it works with hand stitching. I don't applique by hand. I buy it at Walmart for 1.97 a yard.

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    Skeat, this is exactly why I don't use muslin...too confusing. Some of the quilts that I've seen done on muslin appeared stretched to me. I guess there is a problem with it holding its shape? I don't know. This is a great thread though, thanks for asking about it. :lol:

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    I was doing the same thing!! I went to Joanns and stood looking at the muslin dumbfounded!

    I started to feel them, and the one that I finally chose is the Kona. It just feels good. I haven't used it yet, but the weight and feel seems pretty good.

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    I only use muslin on wallhanging & table runners. But when I buy it I'll get Kona. I don't really care for the thinner muslin. A lot of the time there are pin holes in it.

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    Super responses!! I am so glad to know that I am not the 'only' one:)I checked out Tim's muslin online last night too:)Will defin have to go find that bolt in person and hug it to see what I think:)

    I personally love muslin! I use it for everything here. Makes a great foundation to strip piecing and backgrounds for stitcheries, even quilted ones...and, sometimes backgrounds. I too will buy the whole bolt when I find it! I never have enough!!

    I do hope the responses keep coming in:)All info is good in my book:)SKeat

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    I heard Moda made a muslin but I haven't seen or found it. I buy Kona muslin for quilts and I buy the permanent press premium muslin for projects, for backing on place mats, potholders, coasters, pincushions, etc.

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    Hi, Muslin choices can be confusing, depending on what you want to do with it. Muslin threads are made of shorter strands and can be very coarse and as you know vary greatly. I am betting the Kona muslin is a much better quality and I'd be cautions in using thinner fabric in quilts as it will not hold up as well. Hope this works!

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    For muslin, I usually try to buy it by the bolt at Dharma Trading. I think you can also get just what you need by the yard. You can order a sample pack that gives you all the fabrics they sell. It's been a while since I did that, but it really gives you an idea of what they have.

    http://www.dharmatrading.com/

    It appears to be run by a bunch of hippies (maybe grown up hippies?), but it's great stuff and they are wonderful to work with. I love the Kona cotton, it's not thin and it feels great.

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    I like the Kona if you use it "as is" but I like to dye my fabric and this gives it more texture, the Kona I dyed ended up feeling more like denim and is a bit difficult to work with for piecing. So if I'm going to dye it I get a midweight muslin. Even the white muslin of any brand dyes differently than other white fabrics, it seems to take more dye to get the same color but I like it since I'm not trying to match a specific color.

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