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josieh 05-04-2014 02:27 PM

joining batting pieces
 
I have been reading about how some of you zigzag batting pieces together on your sewing machine. Doesn't the batting get stuck in the feed dogs? I would be afraid to do it for that reason. Thanks.

Tartan 05-04-2014 02:34 PM

I butt the two pieces together and use a fairly large zig zag to join them. It works best on cotton and cotton blend batts and I match the thread colour to the batt. I have no trouble with the batt going into the feed dogs.

ajpadilla 05-04-2014 02:45 PM

I recently discovered I could do this really easily on a serger, using a flatlock. If you have a serger, you might want to give it a try.

Lori S 05-04-2014 03:08 PM

If its a poly with loose fibers I have had the fibers catch on my foot. I use my walking foot on that type... if its really high loft I use my walking foot use a wide zig zag and put a strip of tissue paper over the strip ( I cut about 1 inch wide) then tear of once joined.
On cotton battings I have never had a problem using a wde zig zag and butt the two pieces together.

Jeanne S 05-04-2014 04:21 PM

I just stitch the pieces together by hand with a simple whip stitch--doesn't take long to do.

beaglelady 05-04-2014 05:29 PM

I usually whip stitch them together by hand too.

julybaby8 05-04-2014 05:47 PM

There is an iron on tape for joining pieces of quilt batting. I've used it and I like it better than sewing the two pieces together. It doesn't stretch.

luckydiver17 05-04-2014 07:02 PM

The tape is called Heat Press Batting Together. I'm buying some soon for a quilt I am working on. Ann Petersen used it in a Craftsy class and it looked pretty easy to use.

Anniedeb 05-04-2014 07:26 PM

I just butt the pieces and zig-zag together. I've never had a problem doing so. I only use Warm and Natural cotton batting, so can't vouch for any other type!

SHELTIE'SMAMA 05-04-2014 07:49 PM

When doing poly I make sure that I have ski-tip like toe on. I use up even my small scraps into 8 inch squares for potholders.

sewingsuz 05-04-2014 08:19 PM

I have use the tape, don't have the iron to hot, just medium. it is very nice but a little priecy.

Peckish 05-04-2014 09:02 PM

I don't bother sewing the batting together. I just butt them together on my longarm and quilt away. A friend who longarms 30 quilts a month for charity taught me this. Never had a problem with any of the quilts and you can't tell once they're done.

DOTTYMO 05-04-2014 09:59 PM

I find when I have zig zagged it is far too tight. I prefer to just whip stitch.

If I am spray glueing never join them but put fabric strip on.

NJ Quilter 05-05-2014 03:17 AM

I, too, am a W&N user so can't speak for any other kinds of batting. But, I've joined pieces using the zigzag on the machine with no issues with the feed dogs. Have also whipstitched by hand. My only recommendation when doing it by machine, with W&N in particular, is to watch which way you lay the pieces together. Otherwise you do get stretching as Julybaby8 mentions. And if you're planning to hand quilt, I don't know how advisable the heat tape would be for that purpose.

ManiacQuilter2 05-05-2014 05:51 AM

I overlay the two pieces of batting to be joined and make a straight cut so they will butt nicely together. Then I line them up on the iron board and use 1.5" strips of lightweight fusible interfacing. I do both sides. You can NOT feel any stitching and it will stay in place while you do the quilting.

Donnamarie 05-08-2014 06:41 AM

I just did it for the first time, just butt up the ends and zig zagged them together. Worked like a charm, no problems. Good luck!

Ranchwife 05-08-2014 06:48 AM


Originally Posted by luckydiver17 (Post 6704236)
The tape is called Heat Press Batting Together. I'm buying some soon for a quilt I am working on. Ann Petersen used it in a Craftsy class and it looked pretty easy to use.

I've done two quilt as you go quilts and used this product to join the batting together. After many washes, the batting is still together and holding up well. Just a word of caution though - make sure your iron isn't too hot when you press it. I learned from experience!

SusanSusan33 05-08-2014 07:55 AM

I've done it with a wide zig zag stitch.. Happy quilting!

Marsha333 05-10-2014 06:32 AM

Same here. I just did it yesterday for a small wall hanging I was making. No problems getting stuck but it was cotton batting.

jokir44 05-10-2014 11:19 AM

I hand sew it usually but have tried the iron on tape on cotton batting. Worked like a charm but I don't think I'd try it on poly.

Craftnut 05-10-2014 11:32 AM

I zigzag on my DSM too, never had an issue with getting it in the feed dogs.

tessagin 05-10-2014 11:33 AM

I use tissue paper for some paper piecing and that is what I use to make sure the batting doesn't get caught in the foot dogs. I just butt up together as it goes through and a large zig-zag stitch. Tissue paper is easy to tear away. Works for me!

citruscountyquilter 05-10-2014 12:02 PM

I place the two pieces of batting with a slight overlap and then cut it through the overlap using my rotary cutter and ruler. By doing it this way I have two matching edges that lay flat. I usually whip stitch it by hand but have also zig zagged it on the machine too. I enjoy doing hand sewing so prefer to whip stitch it. The price of the iron on joining strips has shied me away from using them. I always use warm and natural so I can't speak for other kinds of batting. No batting goes to waste around my house.

Misty's Mom 05-10-2014 01:05 PM


Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 (Post 6704760)
I overlay the two pieces of batting to be joined and make a straight cut so they will butt nicely together. Then I line them up on the iron board and use 1.5" strips of lightweight fusible interfacing. I do both sides. You can NOT feel any stitching and it will stay in place while you do the quilting.

i just did this this week. Thought I'd come up with something new. I really like using the interfacing and it's a lot cheaper too.

Tink's Mom 05-10-2014 03:26 PM

I am able to zigzag the poly batting with not too much problem. If a small bit gets caught up, I can usually snip a couple of fibers without any issue. I have been known to use a 6" ruler to assist in holding it down. Works pretty good.

Mdaniels 05-10-2014 04:15 PM

I bought a foot, I think it is an edging foot. It looks like a blind hem stitch foot, with a flange in the middle, but no curve. Works really beautifully for joining pieces, very flat, no overlap.

sandyquilts 05-11-2014 07:18 AM

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I use a wide zigzag. This is also a good way to use up partial bobbins.

Deb watkins 05-17-2014 07:57 AM


Originally Posted by Anniedeb (Post 6704257)
I just butt the pieces and zig-zag together. I've never had a problem doing so. I only use Warm and Natural cotton batting, so can't vouch for any other type!

Same here! Large zigzag...does the trick!

pumpkinpatchquilter 05-17-2014 07:56 PM

I use light fusible interfacing cut into strips to join. I cut in a curving shape and but the curves up to each other so there isn't any straight visible seam line - use a pressing cloth - adhere fusible interfacing over the seam to join. :)


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