Here are some tips for quilting, embroidering, and fusing GlitterFlex in the hoop using battilizer.
When I refer to battilizer here, it means a combination of stabilizer and batting. That is different from the brand name Battilizer from Hoop Sisters (no affiliation), which is also a combination of stabilizer and batting.
The battilizer I tried is an Inspira product called In-R-Form, now marketed under the Bosal name. It is foam encased in stabilizer. I was interested in not only the quilting component but also how it worked with GlitterFlex.
Here are some of the things that I learned:
Even though it is polyester, you can iron the foam to remove wrinkles. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
It quilts quite nicely, even without the use of traditional stabilizer. It also does not shrink.
Float battilizer in the hoop or use a magnetic hoop and be sure to add a basting stitch to secure fabric to the battilizer.
I used my Snap Hoop Monster with a slight modification. Normally, the hoops hold quilting cotton and regular stabilizer tight. Due to the battilizer thickness, I had to be very careful to not bump the hoop when removing it to trim GlitterFlex. The first time, I did slide the top hoop enough that stitch registration was off.
The second time, I added a layer of double-faced tape around the top of the bottom hoop and the bottom of the top hoop. It prevented the layers from shifting.
GlitterFlex fuses well over the quilting. I found that a higher than normal temperature and slightly longer fuse times were necessary due to the thickness.
Check back to see a project using Bonnie’s new Farm Buddies with battilizer!