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Is there a right or a wrong side to Warm & Natural or Warm & White?
No, there is no right or wrong side of batting but there is a "scrim" side. When manufacturing Warm & Natural or Warm & White, the cotton fibers are layered onto a scrim - a thin substrate material. During the needle-punch process, barbed needles push the cotton fibers through and entangle them into the scrim. When quilting Warm & Natural or Warm & White, it is usually easier to do so in the same direction it was needle-punched - the cotton side facing towards your quilt top and the scrim side facing to your quilt backing. With Warm & Natural the cotton side is distinguished by its leaf & stem remnants (face to quilt top). With Warm & White there is a side that is shinier and smoother. This is the scrim side and should face to your quilt backing.
Is it safe to put Warm & Natural or Warm & White in the microwave?
The Warm Company does not recommend cotton batting, polyester batting or blended batting for microwave use. Cotton batting, cotton fabric and cotton threads are flammable. Patterns recommending the use of Warm & Natural, Warm & White or Warm & Plush for microwave use are doing so without the consent of The Warm Company.
Warm & Natural
Do I need to pre-wash Warm & Natural before I use it?
You don't need to pre-wash Warm & Natural before using it. However, the batting will shrink approximately 3% the first time it is washed. You will need to pre-wash Warm & Natural if you wish to pre-shrink it. Otherwise your quilt will have a slight "pucker" look that nicely shows off your quilting once it is washed. For more information about care instructions see Warm & Natural page located under products tab.
Can I pre-wash Warm & Natural in my washing machine?
Some people have successfully pre-washed Warm & Natural in their washing machine. However, since the natural cotton fibers have not been chemically treated, we do not recommend machine-washing Warm & Natural before it is quilted. The fibers may cling to each other and pull the batting apart during the spin cycle. Once quilted the fibers are protected by your fabric and you can confidently machine wash your quilts and wearables.
Warm & White
Do I need to pre-wash Warm & White before I use it?
No, you don't need to pre-wash Warm & White before using it. Warm & White shrinks less than Warm & Natural, about 0-1% because the cotton is already pre-shrunk when it undergoes the bleaching process. For more information about care instructions see Warm & White Product Page.
Warm & Plush
Is Warm & Plush ideal for hand quilting?
Yes, Warm & Plush is easy to hand quilt because it contains no scrim. You will find that your stitches will pop and your finished quilt will have beautiful drape. However, it will also do well with tight machine quilting and it will stay pliable.
Does it matter which way the Insul-Bright material faces?
When making pot holders it doesn't matter which way the reflective side is facing. The fact that the layer of Insul-Bright and the layer of cotton batting is between your hand and the hot object, your hand will be protected. Technically, the side where the reflective material is more exposed should point to the source of the heat/cold to be more effective. However, the difference is very slight.