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Need some quilting advice please!

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wangle99 Tue 07-Jun-11 21:08:40

I am making my first quilt and am needing to buy wadding but do not have a clue what thickness to go for that will still fit in my machine so that I can machine quilt.


Thank you

sloggies Wed 08-Jun-11 16:48:44

Haven't done any quilting for years, but the stuff which is about an inch thick(when puffed up) should be ok. You might need to experiment with needles though. Your handbook may suggest the best size. I'm sure a keen quilter will be along soon!

Hopefully Wed 08-Jun-11 22:16:25

Do you mean fit in the throat of your machine? i.e. the gap between the needle and the upright where the stitch dials are?

When I do buy quilt wadding (I sometimes use old blankets too) I buy a cotton bamboo blend and I can quilt a decent sized single on my machine (a mid-range Husqvarna Viking) without too much trouble. I could probably manage a small double if I had to, but I think much more than that would be a real struggle. It's pretty much the thinnest wadding I've come across, but someone may be able to advise differently.

Octaviapink Thu 09-Jun-11 17:58:18

Your best bet would probably be to talk to some of the wadding-vendors on the internet. There's some lovely wool wadding out there!

Scuttlebutter Sat 11-Jun-11 00:40:43

When machine quilting, you need to put the feed dogs down so you can glide smoothly across the fabric. Also, what helps a lot is using a "walking" foot on your machine. This type of foot is ideal for quilting as it helps feed the layers of fabric smoothly through the machine with no snags, or wrinkles. If you are going to be regularly quilting, I'd say it's a must-have.

MumsieNonna Sat 11-Jun-11 10:05:39

I stopped using manmade wadding and use only natural fibres which are much warmer. I also find it easier to sew as the polyester feels sticky and catches on the needle. You will need to roll the quilt up under the sewing arm of your machine when you do the quilting. Try Cotton Patch for a good range of waddings. Old woolen blankets are also a good source of wadding.

moominthecorner Sun 12-Jun-11 20:17:35

Cottonpatch sell a sample pack of different waddings I think so you can try them out

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