Scrim

Quilt Batting with Scrim

The scrim is found on the top and bottom of many types of cotton batting.  It is a shear piece of polyester or glue that holds the cotton in the middle of the batting in place.  It acts as a sort of stabilizer.  As a result, quilters can get by with less quilting; sometimes up to 10″ apart.  Without a scrim, quilters using cotton batting have to quilt about 1/2″ to an 1″ apart in order to prevent the cotton from shifting when washed.  (Think about antique quilts that feel bumpy; that’s the cotton breaking apart during washing.)

Many batting companies advertise their batting as 100% cotton. This isn’t completely true if the company also advertises quilting up to 2 or more inches apart.  The photo shows a bag of cotton batting.  On the left side, I boxed “…with a synthetic scrim for strength” which is right across from the circled “100% Natural Cotton.”  This batting can be quilted up to 8″ apart.

Quilt Batting with Scrim
Scrim is circled in red.

Check out the video below for more info.

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