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Old 05-21-2014, 05:04 AM
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has anyone find muslin to fray a lot, also difficult to iron. Maybe it is the quality of muslin that I bought, unbleached, had a lot of creases the length of fabric, even when completely wet it was impossible to iron them out.
Now, when the quilt is finished, I am wondering how it will look even after it is quilted.

Have the same muslin for backing,now wondering if I should us it.
Anyone has experience with unbleached muslin?
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:19 AM
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Muslin comes in dozens of types & qualities, so perhaps the one you selected wasn't the best choice for your project. You might try spritzing with white vinegar & pressing to see if the wrinkles come out. As far as the finished quilt, if you use a cotton batting and wash you are going to get a crinkled look that will minimize the wrinkles. If you haven't started yet I think I would look for a better quality muslin. You are going to put a lot of time and effort in.
I've used Southern Belle and a higher count Roclon muslin and have been happy with the results.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:59 AM
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I am very careful anymore about the muslin I buy. No more pre-wrapped sale bolts from Joann's. That stuff had so much sizing/glue on it I had to wash on hot 3x before it softened, and you could feel the goo on it once it was wet. Ick. Only brand-name yardage that I can feel before buying, and then I usually have to hot water wash 2x to adequately remove sizing and shrink it. Best muslin comes from real quilt shops...I've had no problem at all with that kind. For the amount of effort and time pretreating takes, I'm only using the better stuff from the shops on my labor-intensive quilts. You can find reasonable stuff at chain stores, but check the end of the bolt and see it actually has a real manufacturer's label on it. If so, it's probably ok. If not, run. Bleached vs. unbleached has not been an issue if I am careful about the source. Some of my wallhangings don't really need the best quality, so then I'll get it from a chain store, but only if I can actually feel it first. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:39 AM
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thank you very much for your suggestions and points. this is my first time using muslin and I will be much more careful in choosing one for my future projects/quilts.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:58 AM
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I definitely go with top-brand muslin. When I was just starting out quilting, I bought dozens of yards from Joanns. Now, I only use for the kid's craft projects ...
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The premium mulsin fabrics are 200 count and much nicer to work with than the cheaper stuff. They wash up nice and don't wrinkle as much as the others. Legacy, Kaufman Kona Muslin, Southern Belle are some of the brands I've used. There is a seller on ebay that has the Southern Belle for about $3.50/yd which isn't bad for a premium muslin. They sell it in different sized lots. I think last time I bought an 8 yd lot. First quality and quick shipping too.
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RocLon makes several grades or quality of muslin . I prefer the one that is clearly stated "Permanent Press- Preshrunk". Do note it still does have some shrinkage but not nearly as much as the other RocLon muslin. I also like Legacy sold at Jo'anns.
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