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Thread: What is a "flimsy"??

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    What is a "flimsy"??

    I've seen a couple of posts that mentioned "flimsy" or "flimsies"

    When I use the word "flimsy" - it usually means light or thin fabric - but that doesn't seem to be the context in which the words have been used

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    I agree with you. When someone says "flimsy" or "flimsies" I think of something that is about to fall apart. In the case of fabric I think that it's too thin to really work well or something that won't last long. Will be watching to see what other people say. Thanks for posting and asking the question. BrendaK
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    It's the top before it is sandwiched into a quilt

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    I have never heard of it being used that way, but now I have learned something new.
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    Yes, I see that some folks are using the term now for an unquilted top. I still like to call a quilt top a quilt top.
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    I think it's a term that Aussies and/or Brits use for unquilted top. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. They also use the term "wadding" for "batting".

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    I'm aussie and have never heard of flimsy for a quilt top. We often do call the batting 'wadding' and we also call our pieced tops patchwork and then we do the quilting to join the three layers together

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    Learned something new today! Thanks for the definition :-)
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    what? another new word!! that is like spiders, meaning leaders of fabric scraps going under the needle before your fabric. i'm too old for any more new words. it's hard enough learning as it is.
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    I think it's a geographic thing in the US. In some locations, they call an unquilted top a flimsy.
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    I've heard quilt tops referred to here as flimsies...but then I've not spent much time talking with anyone about quilting except here!

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    that's a new one on me.

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    I never heard the term "spiders". What an idiot I would be if it weren't for this board!!!!

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    Cool. I Never know what I'm going to learn here. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I think it's a term that Aussies and/or Brits use for unquilted top. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. They also use the term "wadding" for "batting".
    Flimsy stories maybe but flimsy tops? not here in Wales and I'm sure not elsewhere here in UK. Patchwork tops here and Batting is wadding and it's a quilt when three layers are quilted! Wonder where flimsy comes from.

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    I'm an Aussie and I have never heard anyone call it that. We call it a quilt top. Must admit we say wadding but also say batting.

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    I've always used it to refer to fabric that's thin and loosely woven, not suitable for quilts. I've never heard of the quilt top being called flimsy.
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    This is just to wild! My grandmother used to call her nightgown a flimsy!

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    instead of just scraps-or spiders-now I use leaders/enders and have a whole basketful of twoseys now to be joined into fourseys for a scrap quilt down the road.....thanks to quiltsville.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I think it's a term that Aussies and/or Brits use for unquilted top. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. They also use the term "wadding" for "batting".
    Never heard the term used for a quilt top before.

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    The opposite of sturdy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    what? another new word!! that is like spiders, meaning leaders of fabric scraps going under the needle before your fabric. i'm too old for any more new words. it's hard enough learning as it is.
    I call those a "thingee" like you too old for new words. made my own..............LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I've seen a couple of posts that mentioned "flimsy" or "flimsies"

    When I use the word "flimsy" - it usually means light or thin fabric - but that doesn't seem to be the context in which the words have been used
    For me a "flimsy" is most any excuse I can come up with for sewing on a quilt rather than doing housework, errands or anything else I 'should' be doing instead. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghquilter53 View Post
    I never heard the term "spiders". What an idiot I would be if it weren't for this board!!!!
    I had never heard "spiders" either. This is what I love about this grp. though. We have members from all around the world with different language & ideas but we have the common bond of quilting. I find this very exciting.

    Plus, somebody said she's too old to learn new words? We're never too old to learn. Even sm. things. That's what makes life exciting.

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    That could be, but in what geographic area? Quick, someone from that area confess. froggyintexas
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I think it's a geographic thing in the US. In some locations, they call an unquilted top a flimsy.

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