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    Would using black velveteen as sashing be too heavy to use or not? I have lots & would like to use it up... Any suggestions helpful...
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    I would say "probably"....
    How about using it as a backing?

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    It is directional - so that may or may not bother you. It's just something to be aware of.

    You might want to put a small piece of it in water to see what it does. I've had some that had a lot of excess dye in it and turned the water black.

    I would wash and dry it first - but I wash and dry everything washable before cutting it.

    Mom made a red cotton velveteen sheath type dress for me when I was in high school. (Late 1950s)Loved that garment. It was washable - but we did not have a dryer back then.

    If it survives the laundering well, I would consider using it.

    I used brushed arnel ("they" used to make robes and housecoats out of it - it feels like a short-piled velvet) for a border and backing for a quilt for my grandsons. I used t-shirt knit for the binding.

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    Have you thought of using it say for a sweatshirt jacket instead. I'm thinking of trying my hand at making one for my 92yo mother as we can't seem to find a chocolate brown cardigan sweater her size. Thought why not make her a sweatshirt jacket using various browns I have in my stash. I think a black velveteen jacket would look wonderful if you have a mind to try it plus it would use up a bit of your stash I'd think.
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    I too would consider using it if it washes up ok. I'm envisioning it more as an accent though, like sashing or points of a star, for example. It may be too heavy for the main fabric? (Just my opinion)
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    I think velveteen would be great with a heavier denim.

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    It will probably be to heavy with regular cotton. You wouldn’t want thick seam allowances under the blocks and pressing the block seam allowance into the sashing would make the sashing seam allowances thick. As someone suggested, denim and velveteen would be a way to use it up.

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    I think it has a nap. Try a small sampler and see what you think

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    My sister made a turning 20 quilt a long time ago and used black velveteen as 1 1/2” wide sashing around each piece and the outside border. It was her very first quilt and I still have it. It is a lovely quilt. Weight - wise it is fine, she did have some trouble quilting the outside borders - but, it was her very first quilt- and she tried to quilt the borders with a machine decorative stitch. It turned out nice but caused her stress through the process.
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    Velvet & velveteen has to be pressed against a needle board. Even if it were light weight fabric it would be a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    Would using black velveteen as sashing be too heavy to use or not? I have lots & would like to use it up... Any suggestions helpful...
    Velveteen comes in different weights, qualities and fibre content.

    I have a quilt I definitely want to use velveteen in. Maybe a project this winter?
    I'll be looking for a velveteen that will work alongside of quilting cottons.
    As a trial run, I will just buy a small piece.
    I'll start with a hot wash/dryer to see how the fabric stands that test.
    Then onward to making a sample block or two, quilting it up for a simple project.
    That should give me a good sense as to how it would work in a larger quilt.

    Definitely, do not hesitate in wanting to use velveteen ...
    ... only hesitate in finding one that is appropriate for a quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Velveteen comes in different weights, qualities and fibre content.

    I have a quilt I definitely want to use velveteen in. Maybe a project this winter?
    I'll be looking for a velveteen that will work alongside of quilting cottons.
    As a trial run, I will just buy a small piece.
    I'll start with a hot wash/dryer to see how the fabric stands that test.
    Then onward to making a sample block or two, quilting it up for a simple project.
    That should give me a good sense as to how it would work in a larger quilt.

    Definitely, do not hesitate in wanting to use velveteen ...
    ... only hesitate in finding one that is appropriate for a quilt!
    Some cotton velveteens are very "user friendly" - and wash and dry beautifully. Others - end up looking very pathetic after getting washed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Some cotton velveteens are very "user friendly" - and wash and dry beautifully. Others - end up looking very pathetic after getting washed.
    ...... and exactly why I will be doing the trial run!!!!

    Some are nice and soft and quilt-cuddly-able (good word, eh?) ....
    .... some become hard and rough and would not be quilt-worthy in my mind!
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    It really depends on the type of velvet you have, there is cotton velvet, polyester velvet, stretch velvet and maybe a few more. cotton velvet is heavy, polyester is a lighter weight, stretch is slippery. I would go with cotton, make the sashing seam wider than 1/4" because velvet will fray. Washing or send the velvet to the dry cleaners would be best.
    Like the others, make a sample first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    Would using black velveteen as sashing be too heavy to use or not? I have lots & would like to use it up... Any suggestions helpful...
    I think I'll try using on several blocks. Wash & dry to see how it works. Thanks for suggestions/thoughts!!
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