There’s nothing like finishing a fluffy, warm quilt that you’ve been sewing on your quilting machine for weeks.
Are you maybe interested in making a lighter, cooler blanket or a hypoallergenic bedspread?
Well, guess what? There is a batting for that!
Before you just grab any roll of batting, make sure you pick the one that’s best for the intended use of your quilt!
The Relationship Between Batting and A Quilt
It’s understandable to think that any batting you choose will be fine for the different projects you sew with your quilting machine.
Unfortunately, that isn’t so; choosing the wrong one can affect your project in a number of ways:
- Weight/Thickness - Batting comes in a variety of thicknesses and will determine how thick or flat your quilt is when done.
- Warmth - Different fibers and thicknesses provide varying degrees of warmth.
- Washability - Some types of batting stand up to repeated washing better than other types. Batting can also wrinkle or settle if not appropriately chosen.
- Quilting Design - The design you are using for your quilt top and how you plan on stitching it on your Juki quilting machine will affect the type of batting to use.
Many Different Types of Batting Choices
When it comes to choosing the right batting for your quilting project, there are a lot of details to consider.
The wrong batting could ruin all the hard work you’ve put in working on a machine like the Juki TL-2200QVP-S.
The right batting can make your design and stitching look perfect and last through many washings.
- Cotton - This batting is preferred by many because it is a natural fiber, can be both warm or cool depending on the loft, and is available in an organic version. Cotton batting does have the tendency to shrink after washings.
- Polyester - This is a type of batting that is less expensive than cotton and will not shrink. Many turn to it or poly/cotton blend batting. Disadvantages including bunching up after repeated washings and flattening out over time.
- Bamboo - A batting that is very soft, fluffy, and lightweight, bamboo batting is a great choice for lighter, cooler blankets.
- Wool - This batting version makes a dense, heavy, yet very warm quilt that does not bunch up after cleaning.
Loft is basically the thickness and fluffiness of the batting.
- Rating is the recommended maximum width you should have between your stitching lines in your quilt pattern.
- Lower-rated batting requires the lines of stitching done with your quilting machine to be closer together to prevent shifting and bunching.
- Higher-rated batting is better for designs with larger spaces between the stitching.
Batten Down That Quilt With The Right Batting!
When you head to the fabric store to buy fabric to begin working on your Juki quilting machine, don’t forget the batting.
More importantly, make sure you know which of the many different types is most suitable for your project.
To ensure your quilt looks great after you finish stitching it on your Juki TL-2200QVP-S, always use the best batting!
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