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ElizabethDee
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Date: 12/22/10 9:25 AM

Can any of you please help?

I'm very new to quilting and am making a lengthy table runner (70" long). l planned to use Insul Bright in it.

When I tested some samples -- top, Insul Bright, cotton batting, backing -- everything worked fine. But when I started to quilt for real, in the middle of the table runner, I couldn't get it to feed properly. The stitches came out uneven and tiny. I tried it on two machines, one a Pfaff with IDT, the other an old Singer (a 401a) with a walking foot.

Because I want to use the runner this weekend, I took out the Insul Bright and began quilting without it. But I'd like to figure out what I'm doing wrong so I can try again.

Thanks for any ideas.

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Date: 12/22/10 9:37 AM

Try changing needles. A new one always works better for quilting. Also, if you're free motioning, the 401 is NOT the way to go. It's a horizontal bobbin and just doesn't want to FM easily.

Try a walking foot and stitching in the ditch. Also, you could do without the extra batting. Just use the insulbright as your batting. Maybe put flannel as your backing.

Just ideas.

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Date: 12/22/10 6:57 PM

Thanks, Donna. I did have a brand-new needle, but maybe it was not the best choice? I was using a topstitching needle, as recommended by the manufacturer of the thread (40-wt cotton). I guess I should experiment with different kinds.

The flannel is a great suggestion. And have you skipped the batting when using Insul Bright? The directions emphasize the need for another layer, and being ridiculously literal, it didn't occur to me to replace the batting with something thinner, like flannel.

Thanks, too, for the tip about free-motioning with a 401. You just saved me so much frustration!

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Date: 12/23/10 9:18 AM

Do you plan to use the table runner as a hot-pad for warm dishes? That would be the only reason I can think why you would want the Insul-bright. A topstitching needle sounds right to me, but the metal inside the Insul-Bright (if I'm thinking of the right stuff) might dull the needle quickly. What size needle are you using? With all that thickness, you might want a size 14/90 needle. Frequent needle changes might help. IMO something like Warm & Natural batting would be sufficient, unless you need - or desire the look of - a really thick, puffy table runner.

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Date: 12/23/10 10:04 AM

Thank you, Doris. I did plan to put warm/hot dishes on the table runner, which explains the Insul-Bright. It was awfully thick, and I prefer the look without it.

So I'm having a "Why didn't I realize that?" moment --I'm sure you're right, I don't need the insulation there. Hmm, now to redirect my thoughts for what DOES need some insulation.... maybe a nice, small, hot pad? Stitched with a 14/90 needle.

Many, many thanks.





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Date: 12/23/10 9:50 PM

Why not make some matching trivets using the Insul-Bright? That would be cool.

Gail D.

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