By using the right fabric, you can sew countless numbers of items with home sewing machines like the Juki TL2010Q. Thermal fabrics are fun because you can use them to make all sorts of practical items like oven mitts, table pads, insulated casserole covers, and even clothing - and this fabric comes in different types of thermal material.
For the best results with the projects you make on quality Juki sewing machines, learn about the different thermal fabrics and which ones are most suitable for your projects.
Just What Are Thermal Fabrics?
Thermal fabrics are constructed to have heat retaining properties. They keep what is inside warmer, while keeping the cold out. Some are made with metallic coatings, while others are simply woven in a specific way that allows the material to hold in heat.
Depending upon the project you are sewing on your sewing machine, you might use one or more thermal fabrics to achieve your desired result.
Three Types of Thermal Fabrics
When deciding on which type of fabric is right for the various projects you make using your Juki TL2010Q, following are three basic types of thermal fabrics to consider, each with different qualities:
- Thermal Batting - Thermal batting is a filler usually sewn between layers of finished fabric to make things like lunch totes, insulated bags, and similar items. It is made from hollow polyester filler that is reinforced with a metallic film that reflects heat rather than allowing it to pass through the fabric. Thermal batting is available in multiple grades that offer varying degrees of thermal protection. The lighter style may be suitable for certain garments like jackets, although it can be a bit noisy. Thermal batting is washable and dryer safe, but should never be put in the microwave since it does contain a metallic film.
- Thermal Interfacing - Thermal interfacing is a fabric that is designed for use on the inside of an exterior fabric, usually when making clothing and blankets. It is much thinner than thermal batting and is constructed from insulating synthetic microfibers. It works well at retaining warmth against the body. Thermal interfacing is available in various densities that offer different R-values (radiant reflection for heat retention) and is machine washable and dryable. When sewn to the inside of garments made on Juki sewing machines, thermal interfacing provides a warm result.
- Standard Thermal Fabric - Regular thermal fabric is similar to thermal batting but is made of quilted and non-quilted cotton blends finished with sewn-in 100% aluminum. This design gives the material heat protective properties that are suitable for making potholders, oven mitts, and similar items, although it is not always insulative. When heat retention is desired, it is suggested you use a quilted variety that will hold in the heat while keeping the outside of the item heat protective. Like thermal batting, standard thermal fabrics with aluminum are usually machine washable and dryable but should never be put into the microwave.
By using these three types of thermal fabrics, almost anyone can make wonderful, professionally sewn home items and useful gifts with their sewing machines. Whether you are sewing clothing, warm thermal blankets, or insulated lunch totes on your Juki TL2010Q, there is a fabric available that will provide the warmth and heat protection you need. Pick up some thermal fabric today and start creating on easy-to-use Juki sewing machines!