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Stacy

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Hello All,

  What's the maximum recommended loft of batting (probably cotton and or wool) that can be machine stitched,
say on a Singer 31-15 or a Davis NVF? eg., 1"  ? ...2"  ?

 Thanks in Advance for any ideas,

 Stacy
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JonesHand52

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Based on my experience (not a lot) using the Singer 31-15 and Davis Vertical Feed, the loftiest batting you can use is just about whatever you can get to fit under the foot. Those machines will sew just about anything, one reason I love the big industrial machines and the long needle, top mechanism of the Davis VF. 

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I suppose you are talking about 100% poly batt? I find it is too slippery between the top and back and causes me to have puckers, even with a walking foot. I have used 2 layers of 80/20 cotton/poly in a quilt but it was still pretty flat compared to using poly. When using mostly cotton batt, it acts as like a flannel board between the front/back, helping with the slipping and puckering. I always insert a straight pin in my straight line of quilting about 10 inches in front of my needle. Using a walking foot, I stitch up to the pin, remove the pin and reinsert it 10" in front of the needle again. Even with a walking foot/even feed foot, you will get some"push" of excess fabric of the top fabric without this pin to hold it back. Any "push" dissolves as you approach the pin.
 
Some machines have a real walking foot that actually feeds the top fabric in sync with the  the feed dogs. Most of us have the common walking foot that we attach and it just lifts itself a bit to allow the top fabric to feed better. It does not actually "feed" the fabric though. Plain feet "drag" over the top fabric in order to hold it down so the needle can make its stitch and only the bottom fabric is pulled along by the dogs. More pressure on the presser foot means more "drag" on the top fabric. Different fabrics need different amount of pressure on it. 

Sammie quilter in NC
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Stacy

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Bruce,  I don't have the lofty battings to see if they'd fit. I'll delay trying to acquire the thick wool and or cotton battings til I know how I'd like to assemble them. It's not urgent. Thanks.

 Sammie, No not poly. This would be more for a pad. The Davis VF should work in keeping the layers together, and I do have both a (regular) walking footing and a hopping foot for 31-15...just not sure how thick would be reasonable on them. Thanks for your input.
 
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