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Thread: what I never heard before about Minky

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    what I never heard before about Minky

    Wow. Does it leave pieces of itself absolutely everywhere? Makes my labs' shedding look mild (and my girlfriend felts with their shed fur, so tells you there is a good bit of it)... I was ready to conquer the shiftiness and thanks to all of you, knew to cut generously to allow for slippage (which may be of my mind by the time I finish--LOL)
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    I guess I'm the only quilter that does not like Minky. I see it in the shops in pretty colors but I don't like the way it feels. Too cloying for me.
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    I usually leave my vacuum in the sewing room when working on Minky, plus I have a "shop smock" for the stuff that wants to just jump on and stay on my clothes... particulary if I am wearing anything with poly in it.

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    I agree Bella - but my granddaughters LOVE it. Each of them has a small scrap quilt to watch TV - backed with Minky. It is a royal pain in the ... neck... to work with. I wouldn't work with it for anyone but my Granddaughters!!!
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    I have not had any minky. My four cats shed enough for me. Hair is everywhere.
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    i always step outside and give it a good shake right out of the bag when i get it home from the store- before i take it into the house- and i try to purchase it in a way that i can just piece it and not cut it more (such as getting 2 (2yd) pieces instead of 4 yards---to keep the shedding out of the house- that is my only complaint about the stuff- the kids in my family always request it on the back of their quilts- but it is so....messy! when i order it i again- take the package outside, open it & give it a good shake...that helps
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    My grands will never know it's different then flannel for a quilt unless I make one with Minkey. I'm glad I never gave them the option to know because I'd cave and buy the stuff. LOL
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    I wonder if different brands have varied amount of shedding. I quilted two layers as a throw and I didn't have any mess at all. I love how it stays soft compared with fleece that loses its' softness.
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    That stuff sheds like mad! I sew with a group of ladies on a regular basis. We sew in a large room with hardwood floors. One of the ladies made baby quilts with Minkee, flannel and cotton mixed. They were just cool. Everybody in the room wound up with Minkee lint on them!!

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    cutting minky

    Just week at our Craft Warehouse, the instructor suggested a helpful hint on cutting minky. set up a table out in the garage or outside, and cut it out there. it's about 39 degerrs here now, so dress warmly. She sweeps the scraps out for the birds and squirrels..

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    great to know - I bought 2 yards on sale and haven't used it yet THANKS

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    I have made numerous small toys out of minkee, cutting it into 5" squares. Wow, the mess! After I got started, I decided to do all the colors I had since I was going to have to sweep out the roomand change my clothes anyway! A few years later, when the memory faded I made a double-sided minkee throw for my daughter. I told her it was a definite sign I loved her because that stuff was a mess! I did use my serger so it wasn't too hard to sew, but it took me 30 minutes to clean up my cutting mat.

    Yes, it's soft, but what a mess! I prefer the breathability of cotton most of the time.

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    If it makes a mess in your sewing rooms - what does it do to your sewing machines???

    Is Minky the really thinks fleece/flannel you see in bathrobes?

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    Honestly I think if I was going to make something with Minkee I'd drag a table and big extension cord out and sew in the driveway!! LOL

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    We all have minky pillowcases in our house and we love them but I don't necessarily love the mess that it makes. It is great on the back of a quilt.
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    I bought some of this a few weeks before the holidays to make a tied blanket. When I went to get it cut, the employee told me she hoped I wasn't making a tied blanket. I asked why, and she said I would have bits and pieces of it everywhere. It will unravel like there is no tomorrow. Never heard that before, but I put it back anyway. Have enough to deal with I didn't need to fret over a piece of fabric making a mess. Still love the feeling of it for baby blankets.

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    No you're not, I run from it!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I guess I'm the only quilter that does not like Minky. I see it in the shops in pretty colors but I don't like the way it feels. Too cloying for me.

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    I don't like it either. Takes forever to clean all the lint out of the machine and my sewing room. I don't have babies anymore and if I did, I'd buy them a minky-backed quilt before I would make one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    I wonder if different brands have varied amount of shedding. I quilted two layers as a throw and I didn't have any mess at all. I love how it stays soft compared with fleece that loses its' softness.
    I think this must be true. I have had shedding problems sometimes and other times no problems at all. I think it depends on the name brand and the knock-offs.

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    I love the feel but hate the fuzzy and dificulty of use. I do find that spray Hastings it helps a lot.
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    I used minkee for sashing and the back of my grandsons quilt. The biggest problem I had was with the thickness at joining corners. I love the stuff. So cuddly and warm. Not sure how it will hold up after years though.
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    Its the texture. I prefer crisp, weathered soft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I guess I'm the only quilter that does not like Minky. I see it in the shops in pretty colors but I don't like the way it feels. Too cloying for me.
    No, you aren't the only one - I hate the feel of it, too - and am not real crazy about how it looks. But then, I can't stand the feel of microfiber either - maybe I'm just wierd -

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    I don't like Minky either, hate the way it feels and I had a hard time sewing with it.
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    I have never used Minky but was considering using it as a back for a baby quilt. Since reading these post though I know I will never use it. That is unless Minky is improved. Sounds like more than I could handle.
    A big concern I would have is, what does it do to the sewing machine. More than likely the bobbin casing has to be cleaned thoroughly. Don't think it's worth it. Think I will use flannel for the back instead of Minky.
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