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Thread: Talk to me about Bamboo Batting ... Pros?? Cons??

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    Until recently, I'd only see bamboo batting in the plastic bags. Recently while in Lens (Ontario-ites will recognize this), I was able to touchy feely one of those huge rolls.

    I fell in love ... so soft and flexible, you just wanted to curl up in it. I'd always thought it was more expensive than Warm and Natural, but no, about the same price.

    So ladies and gents, please do share the pros and cons from your experiences. When do you use it? not? quilting distance? shrinkage? and everything you think a newbie to bamboo should know!!

    Please?? and Thank you!!!!!

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    I know I read a lenghty review on a website recently discussing the huge amount of chemicals needed to make the bamboo so soft. So while you think you get a natural product it's actually been through so many processes that there is nothing natural about it anymore.


    I will go look for the link.

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    I used it in a large baby quilt and it was wonderful. My LAQ had it on rolls and she love how it was to work with. I got the leftovers and it feels almost like you could bind it and use it as is. (no I won't do that:)) My advice is try it and see what you think.

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    I love the way it feels but never used it, so I will be watching this thread!

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    Here's one link, that's not the one I meant, though.

    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/02/bamboo.shtm

    I keep looking.

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    I've not used it myself. An online friend reported it was very easy to quilt but by the time she finished, fibers were bearding all over the quilt. She's no amateur, has made many wonderful quilts, even featured on the cover of a magazine.

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    Here's the other link:
    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...amboo-batting/

    Peckish posted it originally, she did some research on it and might be the best person to respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I used it in a large baby quilt and it was wonderful. My LAQ had it on rolls and she love how it was to work with. I got the leftovers and it feels almost like you could bind it and use it as is. (no I won't do that:)) My advice is try it and see what you think.
    Exactly how I was feeling when I felt it in the store .... though I do know, things aren't always as they seem. So I came for the wisdom of experience!

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    Even if tempted by the soft feeling, keep the following in mind:
    "We need to make sure companies use proper labeling and advertising in their efforts to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers,” said David C. Vladeck, Director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Rayon is rayon, even if bamboo has been used somewhere along the line in the manufacturing process.”

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    Rayon is a man-made fiber created from the cellulose found in plants and trees and processed with harsh chemicals that release hazardous air pollution.

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    I just finished hand quilting one with bamboo batting. I really liked it, but it was more expensive than Hobbs that I usually work with. Don't know if it was worth it or not. It had been awhile since I bought it so it may be cheaper now.

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    All bamboo batting is not equal. Are you talking about 100% bamboo, the 50/50 rayon-bamboo, the 50-50 cotton-bamboo, the 50-50 silk-bamboo?

    I have used 100% bamboo and loved it.

    As to the environmental effects: cotton is heavily sprayed with chemicals/pesticides. Bamboo grows well without pesticides but there are other environmental concerns about deforestation, etc. Poly is entirely petro-chemicals (oil-based). Rayon is a 50/50(or so) blend of natural products and chemicals used in manufacturing it. And there's probably something wrong with using silk also! Pick your poison!

    Whew - pretty heavy for a quilting board!

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    I like the bamboo. I have one oversized twin i finished for my almost 2y/o son. (will be 2 on sunday) It is supposed to be hypoalergenic and or anti-"yuckys" microbial or bacterial can't remember which. I used 100% bamboo and while it did beard a little bit because I had it folded up waiting to be quilted for 3-6 months it is not a problem to get cleaned up. I have washed it and it is wonderful. as with any product I am more interested in what it is made up of. like cotton and what-not. The chemicals wash out after awhile. Like others have said it is processed and as long as you know that going in I wouldn't worry about it.
    I love how it quilted up I have also made a couple of baby doll quilts out of the scraps for my dd. and they are sooooooooooooo soft too. I am making a extra large full size right now that will be using more bamboo batting. I would get a small sample of it to try. like a baby/lap blanket size. that way you can try it out and see if you like it and make sure you know if you are getting a blend or 100% and as a side note not all 100% are 100%. so make sure to read the fine print if you are getting it from a package.

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    Thanks for the notes re 100% vs. blends. Honestly, I have no clue what it was, only that I was told it was bamboo. There was no paper wrapper rolled with it, like there often is with the other battings, so I couldn't read that detail, the shrinkage or the quilting spacing. Or any of the other info that usually is included.

    Has anyone washed it LOTS? Results?

    How far/close does the quilting need to be?

    More thoughts? Keep them coming folks!
    Please? and Thanks!!

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    I know that the batting that I used needed to be quilted about 6-8"s or so, if I remember right. you could quilt it closer and it would still be soft. I have washed the doll quilts a few times, not a whole ton but probably 15 times. they have held up good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary
    All bamboo batting is not equal. Are you talking about 100% bamboo, the 50/50 rayon-bamboo, the 50-50 cotton-bamboo, the 50-50 silk-bamboo?

    I have used 100% bamboo and loved it.

    As to the environmental effects: cotton is heavily sprayed with chemicals/pesticides. Bamboo grows well without pesticides but there are other environmental concerns about deforestation, etc. Poly is entirely petro-chemicals (oil-based). Rayon is a 50/50(or so) blend of natural products and chemicals used in manufacturing it. And there's probably something wrong with using silk also! Pick your poison!

    Whew - pretty heavy for a quilting board!
    Bamboo is a natural fiber, but in order for it to be soft and not like splinters it has to be processed with harsh chemicals that turn it into rayon. It is no longer bamboo. It is Rayon made from bamboo. Nothing environmentally good about it. So, as long as you are ok with using rayon with no thoughts of "bamboo is good for the environment" then you are ok. I have no problem with the product itself, just the marketing of it as environmentally concious. It isn't. I will choose the chemicals used to defoliate cotton, myself.

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    i havent used bamboo batting but my LQS used to carry it but they stoped because it is aparently very flamible and she dident whant to sell something that could posibly be dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindy-2
    i havent used bamboo batting but my LQS used to carry it but they stoped because it is aparently very flamible and she dident whant to sell something that could posibly be dangerous.
    Is it really any more flammable than many other fabrics and battings? I would think the poly batting would be right up there as well.

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    I haven't heard anything about its flammability. I am guessing poly would just melt. Cotton is highly flamable. Does she still sell it?

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    I've tried it once. It felt beautifully soft, but my quilt had a dark brown backing and by the time I'd finished it was covered with fluff from the batting. However, once I'd cleaned that up, it was OK - haven't noticed any further problems.

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    ALL BATTING GOES THROUGH A CHEMICAL PROCESS- unless it is a raw wool batt-
    I love the bamboo battings- they are a dream to work with- wash up wonderfully- have great drape in the finished product-
    hold up for years and years-
    my preference over polyester batting (you think the process for bamboo is ...extreme- you aught to check out what goes into making a poly batt!)
    bamboo is a renewable source---like cotton and wool- and is a wonderful batt to use.

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    I like using it

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    I used it in a king size for my son. I thought it was wonderful. I just bought another bat this one is part organic cotton. I will have to see if I like it as well.

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    I purchased about 3 bags of Bamboo filling. Put it into a pillow and when I went to wash and dry the pillow it was very lumpy, I had the pillow in the dryer for 2 days (thinking something was wrong with my dryer) after 2 days still was not dry. Finally had to sit the pillow outside into the sun to get it dry. Once it was dry I opened the pillow and took the Bamboo filling out. It is still lumpy, I am going to have to sit here and pull it apart to make it nice and soft again.

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    I quilt using my sewing machine and used it for a twin size quilt. I personally will never use it again. It drops fibers horribly with handling. I sneezed the whole time I quilted and fibers covered my room. It hasn't bearded yet. The quilt is very cuddly. LA quilting wouldn't be as bad maybe. It sounded like a good idea at the time;0)

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    It is said to shrink a lot so pre-wash. I have some ready to use in a baby quilt.

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