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Wadding Blends And Their Use Explained
Wadding is available in natural and synthetic materials. In some cases, these materials can be blended with one another, enabling crafters to benefit from the advantages of both materials at the same time. But how does that effect wadding? And how do you implement wadding in your quilting projects. To find the answers, be sure to check our wadding guide below.
What Are The Benefits Of Wadding Blends?
The major benefit of a wadding blend is that it is more versatile. Wadding blends can include a number of combinations, this includes cotton and polyester, wool and cotton, and even cotton and bamboo. More rarely, you can also encounter a combination of cotton and soy.
Crafters can use blends for many reasons. Some wadding blends can be more affordable, enabling the provision of a quality product without having to pay the higher price of some fibres. In some cases, it can also be chosen to obtain a certain advantage. For example, a mix of cotton and polyester enables easier washes, while maintaining the breathability and softness cotton is used for.
What Are The Types Of 'Pure' Wadding?
As we briefly mentioned already, wadding can be obtained in a single material as well. Each material has its benefits, but also some disadvantages. Therefore, it is always a good idea to get familiar with the various materials before you purchase.
Pure cotton wadding - If you quilt with a sewing machine, this could be the option for you. It blends with your quilt fabric seamlessly and has some degree of flame-resistance. Unfortunately, cotton can be difficult to sew by hand.
Pure polyester wadding - Anyone who quilts by hand should use a polyester option, as it is considerably easier to sew into place manually. Polyester is also easier to maintain and can be washed frequently, this opposed to other options such as cotton and wool. Polyester also has great shape retention, which increases the durability of your quilt over time.
On the flipside, polyester wadding can be subject to quality. If poor quality is obtained, then the benefits may be nullified. Therefore, always ensure you obtain polyester wadding from a reputable source.
Pure wool wadding - Unless you have an allergy to wool, this is a great all-round option. You can insert it into your quilt by hand or by sewing machine and you can enjoy great thermal properties to boot. Of course, do not forget to wash this wadding beforehand, as natural fibres always have some shrinkage.
Pure bamboo wadding - Cannot stand the smell of chemicals and looking for an antibacterial option? Then bamboo wadding may be the option for you. Bamboo wadding is soft and durable, although it may be a little thin in most instances. So, be sure to take this into consideration when ordering this option.
What Should I Consider When I Add Wadding To My Quilt?
Depending on the material you are working with, you may have to adjust your technique. Here are some of the main things to remember when you implement wadding in your quilting project.
Never press polyester - Most wadding materials can be pressed before they are inserted in the quilt, this enables you to get out any humps and bumps you do not want to show in your final project. However, one material should never be pressed and that is polyester. Instead, follow the application instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Pre-wash your wadding - The large majority of wadding materials will shrink naturally as they are put in the washing machine. Evidently, if you add this wadding to your quilt and stitch it in place, then it could have a negative influence in your overall quilt when you wash it for the first time. To prevent this common problem, you should always wash wadding before implementing it in your quilt.
Use multiple pieces - When you are making a quilt of astronomical size, you may not have enough wadding to fill your entire quilt. However, most wadding materials can actually be stitched together. Simply put the pieces next to one another and stitch the edges of your wadding with a basic zigzag stitch. Some crafters can use tape as a temporary measure, but stitching is always the recommended way to go.