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Old 03-19-2018, 04:31 AM
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I have several large-ish pieces of Warm & Natural cotton batting left from other quilts and need a batting for a small-ish baby quilt. LOL Is there a right or wrong way to zigzag the pieces together like there would be for fabric. There isn't a straight of grain to batting is there?
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:41 AM
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I use matching thread and a large zig zag to sew batting scraps together. I only use them in a quilt if the backing or front is fairly dark. I don't want someone to hold the quilt up to the light and see a seam line in the batt. That just my opinion on it.
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:00 AM
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There isn't a straight of grain in batting as far as I know (which might not be too far). I would try stretching a piece to see if it stretches one way more than the other. Maybe also try tearing a small piece in both directions and see if it tears more easily one way or the other. The stuff I use doesn't stretch in either dimension, and I just use it however I fit it together.
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I have only done this with "quilt as you go" methods. I didn't have any trouble, and I didn't worry about grain. Just my opionion though
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I make a straight cut on the edge of each side of the pieces I want to sew together. Then i use the 3 stitch zig zag stitch. It stitches perfectly flat and avoids the 'ridge' that a regular zig zag and make. I piece batting together all the time. It is too expensive to waste.
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I like the advise you have already received and will add that when I cut the straight edge I usually slightly overlap the two pieces then use a ruler to cut both pieces within the overlapped area. This way the two sides match perfectly even if my cut is not perfectly square.
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:15 AM
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I love the iron on tape for this. It's about an inch wide. As long as it's the same type batting, joining pieces is fine.
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There's no grain with W&N, but there is an "up" side and a "down" side. Just match those when you sew the pieces together and you will be fine. I started out doing the recommended way - cutting a wavy line through both pieces and sewing together by hand - then used the tape for a while - but I've finally decided that zigzagging them together with the sewing machine is just as good, and much faster.
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Three stitch zig zag is my method. Works for me.
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Oh woe is me, I have to be the one to ask, what is three stitch zig zag?
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