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Thread: Need Help with Backing with Rayon=Pros & Cons

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    I'm new to quilting, but did at one time sew a lot. I have loads of rayon fabric that would make nice backing or quilting patches, however, don't want to use this if their are big problems ahead. Also I am a hand quilter, would this make quilting harder? Could sure use some experienced help with this. Thanks loads

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    Rayon is thinner than good quilting cotton and it frays. I would find other uses for it.

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    I don't think rayon would hold up to the use and washing quilts would get. I agree with candace....may find other uses for it or goodwill.

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    Rayon tends to be slippery to work with and it frays alot. That said, I have used it for a small quilt back because it was the exact colour I needed. I had to pin it alot, leave extra around the edges for fraying (trimmed before binding)and I machine quilted it. I have also heard that it works well for chenille quilts. Do up some mug rugs with it and see how you like it.

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    Some rayons are dry clean only, some will disintegrate when wet, some really really shrink when wet.

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    Its a case of having to respect the nature of the fabric when considering its use in "non traditional" ways. Points made above state it very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dott443
    I'm new to quilting, but did at one time sew a lot. I have loads of rayon fabric that would make nice backing or quilting patches, however, don't want to use this if their are big problems ahead. Also I am a hand quilter, would this make quilting harder? Could sure use some experienced help with this. Thanks loads
    How about poly-cotton or cotton-rayon blend, would that be the same?

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    I've used bamboo fabrics, which are basically like rayon. They do have a very nice drape. The fraying and wrinkling and tendency to shift while stitching would make these less than ideal for quilting, specially if it's a new pursuit for you.

    However, if you have the time, and you feel like experimenting, why don't you make up a small project, and see how it works out for you? You may find that you really like it for some applications. Or you may come away convinced of the wisdom of using 100% cotton.

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    Thnaks so much for all the suggestions. I just hated to throw away yards of material now that it's so high.
    Thanks again.

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    Rayon is frequently used in both art quilts and crazy quilts since they get much gentler use than utiltity quilts. Those types might be something you'd want to look into.

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    I would think twice about this, not sure how well it would launder or hold up in a quilt :D:D:D

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    i've used rayon that was left over from dressmaking days. i washed it on hot, dried it on hot and what died, died. what survived i used. i starched before cutting and machine quilted the heck out of it to stabilize it. it's the quilt in my avatar. it's mixed with cotton, poly and poly blends. it's been used and washed and it's holding up well. i also can't stand to throw anything out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i've used rayon that was left over from dressmaking days. i washed it on hot, dried it on hot and what died, died. what survived i used. i starched before cutting and machine quilted the heck out of it to stabilize it. it's the quilt in my avatar. it's mixed with cotton, poly and poly blends. it's been used and washed and it's holding up well. i also can't stand to throw anything out.
    That's what I would do with rayon. I don't normally prewash, but I'd prewash and dry it twice to make sure it could stand up to use in a quilt.

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