What batting is best for machine quilters?
Legacy Natural Blend 80/20 Batting with scrim binder is a favorite with all machine quilters whether using a home sewing machine or a long arm machine. The scrim binder holds together the soft fibers with a gentle strength preventing distortion. 100% Wool batting is another favorite as it is extremely soft and has good drape.
What is needle punching?
Cotton quilt batting in today’s marketplace is the most commonly known needle punched product. This process bonds together fibers of any type by ‘carding’ or repeatedly punching the fibers with barbed needles. The more a fiber is needled, the denser & stronger it becomes. No chemicals are needed when using this method of bonding fibers. Legacy Cotton Battings are offered in both White and Natural, needle punched as well as needled onto scrim binder.
What do the different colors on Legacy products mean?
Each color on a package or label refers to a different product usage as it relates to your project needs. This system helps identify the correct product you need easily.
Apparel: Interfacing used in mostly clothing to provide structure and support to fashion fabrics in areas where strengthening is needed. Apparel interfacings are available in basics, luxury fusibles and specialty items.
Crafts and Home Décor: Includes stabilizers, tracing cloths, embroidery and mixed media. These products are designed to make your projects quicker and easier.
Quilting: Products include Batting and Fleeces available in many different fibers and fiber blends. Legacy quilting aids help quilters achieve finished quilts more efficiently.
Fusible Webs: Available in both paper backed and no backing varieties. Fusible webs bond fabric to fabric or any other porous surface such a wood or cardboard. Fuses in seconds and fabric stays soft.
Embroidery: These products can be used to stabilize embroidery material while stitching. They will help to avoid stretching or distortion during the embroidery process.
What is the warmest batting?
Knowing the characteristics of certain fibers may help you come to your own conclusion. Polyester does not allow air to pass through which traps body heat inside, making for a very warm quilt. 100% Wool is a natural fiber and a natural insulator making it very warm and ideal for cold temperatures but is much more costly than polyester. A quilt made with 80/20 blend has 80% cotton and 20% polyester which offers good warmth retention and is substantial in weight without being stiff and heavy. If you live in an extremely cold climate, the answer may be to use more than one quilt as needed.
What is the coolest batting?
Many prefer 100% cotton for a ‘summer weight’ quilt as the natural fiber breathes well. Legacy also offers a Bamboo Blend that is combined with cotton resulting in a very thin, smooth, lightweight batting. It is very soft and comfortable.
What is scrim binder?
Scrim binder is a thin sheet of polypropylene — very much like a dryer sheet — that is needle punched onto one or more sides of batting as it is processed. Not all scrim binders used today are alike. Legacy batting uses only a very lightweight scrim. This adds strength and durability that is sought by machine workers yet allows softness and ease of stitch that everyone appreciates. Our scrim does not create heavy, dense and stiff results.
What is Thermal Bonding?
Thermal bonding is a process in which fibers are tossed in a large container and mixed with a very small percentage of ‘low-melt’ polyester. Once this is tumbled together, it is laid out onto a conveyor belt and passed through an oven. The poly fibers melt, surrounding the wool or polyester fibers. This is then passed through heated rollers that seal and compress the fibers to the desired height. The majority of ‘low-melt’ polyester is dissipated in the process leaving a minute amount remaining. Thermal bonding provides a very soft and airy result.