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Thread: Suggestions wanted for salvaging very used fabric

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    Suggestions wanted for salvaging very used fabric

    My gs-in-law, whose mother is deceased, asked me to repair a quilt she made him. This is going to be very challenging but I will only address the major question at this time. It is not pieced but made out of two main pieces and binding. The design side is very worn, how could I strengthen this? could I use white cotton and stitch it together (like quilting) but only the two pieces before I add the batting and the back? I think fusable would be too expensive for me as it measures about 44"x70". Or is this just impossible to do?

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    Are you planning to take the entire quilt apart? If so, maybe a very light weight fusible stabilizer would help. It would make it a bit stiffer, and then with new batting and depending on the pattern of the front fabric decide to quilt the whole thing or tie it. I can't imagine that if you just sewed the 2 fabrics together it wouldn't help the older fabric very much. Maybe the owner of the quilt will share in the cost of the stabilizer.

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    I bought a lightweight single fusible from Joann's to use on the back of the fabric which I was using for redwork.....members of my guild had been doing this to hide any thread show-thru. The fusible was something that might be used in clothing, has JAS on the end of the bolt, I think, and cost me $.99 a yard.

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    you could try tulle in the color of the quilt and do some stippling over it if your design isn't too mangled. It would help to see a picture if you can Good luck and thank you for doing this for him

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