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Old 11-03-2014, 06:24 PM
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I have collected two large totes of batting strips left over from quilts. I have trimmed and squared them up. Now what is the simplest way to put all the pieces together? Zig zag stitch on the sewing machine or would just a simple whip stitch by hand be sufficient?
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Both of the methods you mention work fine. It depends on whether you prefer hand work or machine.
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I don't do hand work. I zig zag mine.

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Old 11-03-2014, 06:32 PM
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I butt the edges together and use the 3 step zig zag stitch. They lay flat and when it's quilted you don't have a ridge when the pieces are joined.
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It depends on what you are using them for. Hand sewing will give a softer feel to them but be less secure. A zig zag is secure but can leave a little stiff spot where the sewing is.
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Originally Posted by maryb119 View Post
I butt the edges together and use the 3 step zig zag stitch. They lay flat and when it's quilted you don't have a ridge when the pieces are joined.
I do it this way too, and I don't have a problem doing it this way. I also quilt on a LA.
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I zig zag mine on the machine too; have never had a problem with it.
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Anyone got any feedback on the tape you can buy designed to join batting edges?
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
It depends on what you are using them for. Hand sewing will give a softer feel to them but be less secure. A zig zag is secure but can leave a little stiff spot where the sewing is.
Lengthen/broaden out your stitch and you won;t get any "hard" or "stiff" spots from the sewing.




Another hint that I was taught ... don't feel you have to make all your joins on the square. Most of our patterns are straight lined, so instead if your join is on a diagonal, then it will not end up running along another seamline. Plus if you have limited quilting, you are more likely to get the join quilted in better.

Just make sure that your pieces that you are butting together have straight edges. I usually do that by laying one overtop of the other, slicing with the rotary cutter .... and then doing the zig zag to join them.
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I use the iron on tape - it works well. Just need to be sure that your batting can tolerate the iron.
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