MONDAY ! REVIEW: Fluff and Stuff DVD from Batts in the Attic

I’ve been sewing for over 50 years – almost 60 (I started in my cradle of course) and I learned some very useful things in this DVD that I had never heard before. This version of “Fluff and Stuff” was done in 2004 and Paula Reid of Batts in the Attic, has revised it now. You can get the latest version on her website – details later in the post.

UPDATE: I emailed Paula and asked about the difference between the older DVD and the new one. Here is her answer. “The new version has a newer, more updated machine and some new content.  I added a visual demonstration of how to determine which way to go on machine tension, also illustrations of battings and such.  So many new battings and notions have come out since I made the first one that we definitely had to do a new one.  I also think the basting demo is a little clearer.”

Cover of revised version of DVD available on Paula's website www.battsintheattic.com

Cover of revised version of DVD available on Paula’s website www.battsintheattic.com

This DVD is about machine quilting even very large quilts with your home sewing machine. I was impressed with what she was able to do. Paula has a business doing machine quilting for customers and has quilted over 1200 quilts since she started. She describes herself as “something of a perfectionist” and she does tell you how to machine stitch with great attention to details.

In this DVD she covers the following topics:

  • Effects and expected results of using different battings for your quilts including which are easier for the beginner to use.
  • Needles – which to use for synthetic batting, which to use for what and how often to change them.
  • Threads – what to use in a variety of situations:
    • What to use for ‘stitch in the ditch’
    • What to use when you have a contrasting backing
    • What to use for decorative stitching
    • How to know when your monofilament is too old to use successfully
    • How to wind monofilament on your bobbin and when to use it in your bobbin.

Some of the tools that Paula recommends are:

Availability of this DVD

I got my version of this DVD from my public library. The same 2004 version is available at the following locations for the Vancouver Island Regional Library:

Location Call No. Status
Ladysmith DVD DVD 746.46 FLU Available
Nanaimo North DVD DVD 746.46 FLU Available
Nanaimo Wellington DVD DVD 746.46 FLU Available
Qualicum Beach DVD DVD 746.46 FLU Available

 

You can buy a revised version on Paula’s website at http://www.battsintheattic.com/shop/DVDs/p/Fluff-Stuff-Revised-and-Expanded-2nd-Edition-Instructional-DVD-x7399657.htm  or, if you want to start right now, you can purchase Paula’s class at Craftsy . See the preview here: https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/classes/start-machine-quilting/35150.

A few of the threads in stock at Sweet Pea Quilting.

A few of the threads in stock at Sweet Pea Quilting.

Downsides and Upsides:

I really can’t say enough positive things about this DVD. As an experienced sewer, I still learned lots of valuable information.

At Sweet Pea Quilting we have many of the tools and supplies mentioned in the DVD. Here is a partial list.

  • 505 temporary basting spray glue.
  • All types and weights of batting including polyester,100% cotton batting and a blend of 50% cotton and 50% bamboo which is very popular. All are low loft.
  • Basic threads and all types of decorative threads including Monofilament nylon in clear and smoke. 50 wt cotton, and metallic are Mettler Brand.Rayon is 40 wt. by Sulky.
  • Needles including: Jeans/Denim 80/12, Microtext Sharp 80/12 and metallical of Metafil 80/12.Jeans/Denim 80/12
  • Quilting gloves (instead of batts)
  • Markers we have Frixion pens, they are temp and remove with steam and Charco Markers in yellow, blue and white which can be washed out.

You’ll always receive a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville.

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