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Washing batting?

Old 05-21-2008, 07:50 AM
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Do any of you pre-wash your batting? I never have and I've never had a problem. It seems like alot of trouble and like it would start falling apart or seperating in the wash? I have heard of putting it in the dryer prior to sandwiching it, to help fluff it up, have any of you done that?
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:55 AM
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Just the warm and natural and other needlepunched batt. It has about 3% shrinkage, and I don't care for the instant puckery look. I find it much easier to hand quilt after washing, too.

I don't really wash it - just fill the washer, spin it out (DO NOT AGITATE) and then toss it in the dryer.
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:00 AM
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I've never prewashed batting, but I am pretty new to quilting. All my lap quilts have been machine quilted and I do like the kinda puckery look, so it hasn't been a problem for me.

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Old 05-21-2008, 08:04 AM
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I like the puckery look too and have never washed batting. I never pre-wash my fabric either. I like the crispness of the fabric when sewing and the look after the finished product is washed.

Does anyone have a preference in batting? Brand, type, thickness?
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:04 AM
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I do like Cathe, just soak for 5-10 minutes in warm water and spin then dry, it makes it a bit thicker and it is easier to hand quilt but still draws a bit when you wash the quilt so it still gets that homey look.
This is warm and white or natural cotton, I don't know if it would make a difference in poly or not.
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:15 AM
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Thanks for the tips :D
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:53 PM
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Lisa: I machine wash and dry my Warm and Natural. Works great for me, no downside. I even put a little bit (a couple of tsps.) of detergent in it.

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