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Thread: would you sew with a poplin material?

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    would you sew with a poplin material?

    would you sew a quilt with a poplin ? 65/35 cotton? would you mix it with a cotton material as well? this is the material that is made of scrubs....
    Squirrelly Shirley

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    You can do that. You just need to be aware of the differences between 65/35 poplin and 100% cotton. One is that cotton fabrics will fade faster over time, making the poplin colors more vibrant in comparison. (This isn't a problem if you are not making heirloom quilts.) Another is that poly mixes are harder to use with turned-under applique (probably not a technique you are planning to use). Check and make sure that the poplin doesn't fray more easily than cotton; if it frays very easily, you may need to go to 3/8" seams and choose patterns accordingly. Poplin is probably a little more slippery to sew; just be careful when you are sewing seams to maintain accuracy.

    Having said all that, yes, I would sew a quilt of mixed materials including 63/35 cotton.

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    I wouldn't because I like to use 100% cotton in my quilts and not mix with cotton/poly. There is no reason why you couldn't go ahead and use the poplin if you want to, there really aren't any rules, do as you please.

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    i was thinking of even if i was to use it for all backing of a quilt.... I can get it on rolls at next to nothing...........
    Squirrelly Shirley

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    Well, golly, get it! You will find uses for it everywhere. I wouldn't let it get away.

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    I have used a white poplin as a quilt backing...no problems.
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    I would use it if I had it in my stash, for a charity quilt. Some of The folk who receive our charity quilts will not treat them with the love and care we do, they have a very functional use for these people, so I think poplin would be harder wearing than cotton

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    It will not have the same soft drape to it as 100% cotton, nor will it be as cuddly. With that said it would be perfect for utility type quilts that are washed far more often & heavily used outdoor, camping etc.
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    Yes, yes, and yes . The only things I would consider are:

    1. Fading and shrink may differ from the 100% cottons, so that may influence your quilt design.

    2. Sew a few test samples side by side with any 100% cottons you'll be using. Occasionally I get some poplin that is sooooooo tightly woven I need to use a different needle and tension setting to avoid puckers. Not likely to be true of scrub fabric but I would still test before use.

    The blended scrub poplins that I have are mostly quite soft, nice drape, virtually indistinguishable from 100% cotton. I have to look at the label to know which is which.

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    I was going to mention those tightly woven poplins. I used to use them in garment sewing and they do wear well but watch your needle and tension. If that is the kind you have - they usually come in solid colors for use on bottoms (called bottomweights! for pants, skits, etc.) - you may have more difficulty. Not to say you should't use them. They just behave differently.

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    I would definitely use for backings....and lucky you to find it at a great price!

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    I would use it for backings ! If you can get it at a great price.. go for it. The poly in it will wear better than cotton. One note .. some blends do have more pilling than some cottons. That being said .. I just purchased a very expensive set of sheets 100 percent cotton high thread count etc. .. and guess what they pilled at the wash...so you just never know.

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    The poly cottons will outlast the cottons and not fade as much. I used a mixed fiber bed sheet for a comforter I made us and it seems to slip easily off the bed. I used my usual poly batting. With the heat my Husband puts off, it is way too warm to use.
    I have some poly/cotton fabrics I would like to use but, I am trying to use my cotton fabrics first.
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