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Thread: Question about relaxing batting before use

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    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
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    Do you all leave your batting laid out flat for a day or so before use to relax the creases? Or do you use it straight out of the package? And is there a noticable difference either way? Thanks!

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    I do let it relax if I use packaged batting. The batting doesn't get absulutely flat, but the folds do get less pronounced. Our climate here is pretty dry, so if I'm in a hurry, I throw the batt into the dryer on the fluff setting for a few minutes.

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    I wish that I would think to lay mine out, because I would guess that it would lay better, when I am sandwiching it. I just use it straight from the bag, and pin like crazy. It helps if I have someone to help stretch it, also.

    I will keep an eye on this question, and maybe I will change my bad habit.

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    I hadn't thought to take it out ahead of time and now I'm sitting here, all ready to layer it! I am so impatient... but I don't want to mess up this quilt that I've worked so hard on!

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    I was taught to hang up your batting before you quilt by at least a day, but I don't always remember to do it. I think I will get one out when I go home tonight, now that you mention it!

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    I let it relax

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    If I think about it soon enough I like to lay the batting out flat on our guest room bed. I don't always think that far in advance, so do give it a toss in the dryer on low or air setting for a couple of minutes and that usually relaxes it enough. Cotton may need a spritz of water before going in the dryer to make it behave.

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    I hang mine outside overnight in the cold night air. Also works well for wool suits etc.

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    Great info

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    I lay the batting out over my large dining room table the day before I use.

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    Great info

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    I usually forget to lay it out so I just throw it in the dryer for a few minutes. I use the dryer balls so it knocks it around and keeps it from bunching up too much. Has always worked fine for me.

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    I spritz mine with water and put it in the dryer on low for 10 minutes or so. Usually most of the wrinkles come out without having to iron it.

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    I use a light spraying of Wrinkle Release (eternal homage to the inventor of this glorious product-hey I have 2 adult sons that go out in the world always looking presentable because of this stuff!) and put it on guest bed or pop in the dryer for a few minutes. Makes life easier!

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    I have a system to remember to get it out. Before sewing on the border I get the batting out of the package and lay it out. I usually let it sit out for at least a day.

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    ditto!

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    I let mine sit at least overnight if I buy the packaged batting. I'm afraid to put it into the dryer, but sometimes I iron it. Don't want those wrinkles inside my quilt!!
    Sue

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    I too use the wrinkle release and put it in the dryer for 10 minutes or so. Works very well.

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    I hang it...for two days...works really well whether you are machine or FQM or hand quilting it..really pulls the creases out!

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    I throw it in the dryer on a low heat setting with a damp scrap piece of batting.

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    I generally buy the metres off an enormous roll.

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    I will put mine in the dryer for a few minutes to get all the wrinkles out.

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    i always lay out the batting to let it 'rest'...helps in layering the quilt...

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    I use a steam iron and hover over the batting. It works really well to relax it. I'm thinking that a small hand steamer would work equally well for the really large sizes. I also think it should then air dry before sandwiching.

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    I hang my batting on the clothes line and spritz it with water and let hang for a while in the sun till the creases relax.

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