Monday, 1 September 2014

Batting - Is There A Back and Front?

I knew it!...there is indeed a front and a back to batting. Had read about this before but could never remember how to apply this. As I have some issues with bearding from time to time, I researched this a little bit the other day. Found this great description at the  APQS blog

So started looking at the samples that I had, putting the side that I identified as the right side, i.e. facing your quilt top on the left side of the photo.

Bamboo batting

Cotton batting
 Initially I tried to look for the small needle holes that would be evident from needle punching...not that easy to see in the bamboo batting. According to the APQS blog, the small holes reveal the right side of the batting and you want to have your needle go into the batting in the same way that it was needle punched.

This visual inspection was easier for the cotton pieces that I had, but for the bamboo I struggled. I did read on another blog that you can test this with a sewing machine needle. The needle will go through the right side more easily than the wrong side. Was a bit skeptical of this but when I tried, there was definite resistance when I tried to push the needle through the wrong side as opposed to the right side. So, this will from now on be the method I am using to try to determine which way to place the batting.
I am pretty sure that my recent experiences with bearding had to do with me placing the batting the wrong side around, because I had it one quilt but not the other, probably placing it the right way by coincidence.

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  1. I recently heard there is a front and back to batting. I've never had problems with bearding. I do try and to distinguish which is the right side and put that side towards the quilt top. I'll take all the help I can get!!

  2. I had no idea, although I have wondered whether there is a front and back side to batting, thanks for confirming it!

  3. Have read this too....and do you know effects skipped stitches and fraying thread in free motion quilting too...:0))))

  4. Hummel, Hummel - my husband came from Niendorf, in Hamburg in 1957. We were married in 1966 and have two (adult) children and four grandchildren.
    Knitting is my main craft, but I also enjoy EPP for small patchwork projects.


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