Philippa says...

Philippa answers common quilting questions.

What type of iron does Philippa use?

Philippa says:

I like a heavy steam iron for really good pressing. I do not own or use little travel/craft irons because I do not think they are up to the job (but are worthwhile in class...

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Do you prewash and/or starch your fabrics?

I do pre-wash my fabric and give it a good press with steam but I don't starch it.

I think a lot of quilting fabrics are not great quality so do choose carefully. If the quality is good you...

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Best foot for piping?

There has been a lot of interest in this subject over several months.

The Bernina piping foot Philippa uses has no number and was made by Bernina UK in their Cardiff workshop. They bought blanks...

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Should I buy Japanese shears for cutting my fabric?

Philippa's view:

I looked into this a few months ago. I have Japanese shears that I have owned for over 30 years, and some for 20 years. They have never been sharpened and are still very good.

I...

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Which marking pencils does Philippa use?

I try and keep it simple and basically use an HB mechanical pencil on pale fabrics (regular pencil can get blunt and give a very thick line whilst a mechanical pencil is always a fine line).

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Which threads and needles do you use?

Philippa generally uses Bottom Line made by Superior Threads which is a  #60 weight 2 ply polyester thread. Often she uses this top and bottom, but suggests you might also use...

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Philippa's general class supply list

We have been asked about the supplies needed for each of the classes. Lots of the classes do have a specific list for you, or a section at the beginning of the class where I show you what will be...

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How to get the best results from your steam iron

If your iron is a regular steam iron I suggest you empty your iron when not is use so water is not sitting in the chamber. Distilled water is recommended, failing that cooled water from a boiled...

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Help! - I'm having problems with my rotary cutter

There are actually quite a lot of reasons why your rotary cutter might not be working very well:

1. It's an old blade (unlikely if you are a new quilter) so not very sharp any more. Treat yourself...

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Which wadding/batting should I buy?

The question of which batting/wadding to use is quite complex as the choices are many. Here are some of the considerations you might want to think about.

Consider the look you will get, and the...

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