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Old 03-06-2018, 06:40 PM
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What is the difference between the two? Iíve googled and searched and cannot find anything telling me the differences, only that they are both cotton.
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I suggest you go to the fabric store and look at and handle both fabrics. It's pretty easy to tell the difference that way.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:13 PM
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Muslin usually has a much lower thread count. But today, the words are often and regrettably used interchangeably. So like cashs mom says, you now have to go touch and feel.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:23 PM
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I found some 108" wide muslin in my Hobby Lobby that looks and feels just like good quilting cotton. Maybe that isn't normal, but I'm happy with it and will certainly buy more.
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That is why I am trying to find the difference, I came across some 108” muslin that seems similar to a pretty decent quilting cotton.
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Originally Posted by marjben View Post
That is why I am trying to find the difference, I came across some 108” muslin that seems similar to a pretty decent quilting cotton.
If you like the way it feels and looks, why not just use it?
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:03 PM
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I love using Muslin, it gets softer and softer with each wash
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
If you like the way it feels and looks, why not just use it?
That’s my plan, just trying to find out if there is any reason I would regret it before I do it.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:46 AM
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The term "muslin" was originally applied to cotton fabric that was used widely in clothing and household linens. It was made in a variety of weights from very fine to quite heavy and utilitarian. Over the years it has come to be more commonly made in a variety of thread counts and mostly utility. But, as you are finding it can be made to be as fine a fabric as "quilting cotton". I use it quite widely and buy it in a variety of qualities. When I did garment construction I made a pattern up in medium (or less) quality muslin to use for fitting the garment. Then, I would use that for the pattern for cutting the fashion fabric. Now, I use it a lot for the backs of table runners, wall hangings, etc. But, I would not hesitate to use it in my piece work. Premium quality muslin is a joy to work with. Also, it is used widely for hand dyeing fabrics.
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I love using Muslin, it gets softer and softer with each wash
yes! Me too...soft as marshmallow! And less wrinkly...if good quality
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