There’s a battle going on over batting and which one to use in quilts made with a quilting machine.
If you’re like most quilters, you like the idea and feel of natural fibers like cotton, silk, bamboo, and others - but not the price.
If you’re an avid machine quilter, the cost of batting for all those huge projects can really add up!
Enter poly-blend batting, a less-expensive alternative for machine quilting when all-natural fiber battings are either too pricey for the budget or just won’t work for some other reason.
If you’ve never used it before, poly-blend batting offers a lot of great qualities that you just might be missing out on!
What Is Poly-Blend Batting Anyway?
Poly-blend batting is a type of quilt batting made from polyester fibers mixed with usually cotton because it is a highly popular and versatile natural fiber used for batting.
It comes in a variety of percentages that give more or less polyester and cotton, multiple lofts, and all the basic colors to choose for your batting.
Since it’s a combination of fibers, you get the benefits of both at an affordable price - and who doesn’t like to save money?
Why Use Poly-Blend for Your Quilt?
Although the main advantage of using poly-blend batting is the lower price over 100% cotton or other natural fibers, that is far from the only benefit to choosing it for the quilts made with your quilting machine:
Multiple Fiber Percentages - Whether you want just a touch of polyester for one of its benefits or more polyester than cotton, discover this is a polyester/cotton percentage that will work great for whatever type of quilt being made.
Higher or Lower Loft - Loft is how fluffy a quilt batting is and poly-blend batting can be found in high, mid, and low-loft types to help the quilt turn out perfectly.
Lighter in Weight - Cotton is comfy, but it’s also thick and heavy; poly-blend gives a lighter option when comfort and loft is wanted without the quilt being too heavy.
Increased Mold and Mildew Resistance - Because it’s partially synthetic, poly-blend batting is more resistant to retaining moisture that can lead to mold and mildew growth and is also less tasty to insects that like to nibble on cotton as well as less attractive to rodents.
Easy to Work With - Whether you’re machine quilting with a sitdown model, a midarm like the Grace Q'nique 15R, or even a longarm machine, poly-blend batting is cooperative to work with and requires less effort to move it around when quilting as heavier cotton batting might require.
More Durable - Poly-blend batting is sturdier and holds its shape longer, so it’s ideal for a quilt that will be used regularly in addition to being more durable for frequent washings without losing shape or bunching up.
Poly-Blend Batting - A Great Alternative
So the next time you’re planning out a new project to make on your quilting machine and the question of which batting to use comes up, don’t fret about price or anything else for that matter.
Get nearly all the same qualities of cotton or other natural fibers with a poly-blend batting but at a much lower price.
Whatever your specific needs may be in weight and loft, there is a poly-cotton batting blend out there perfect for that new quilting project!