“Bridging Batting”

I was working this week on finishing up my table runner, but ran into the problem of not enough batting. UGH!  So, to fix this issue, I did what every other sewer would do………….I started another project!  Later this month I was going to make a jelly roll race quilted throw for a housewarming gift for my niece, so I just decided to start that now in order to use the left over batting from the throw to finish the runner.  Made perfect sense to me!  Anyway, I got to the point where I could trim the batting from the throw only to discover that none of the long pieces I had left over were wide enough to pad the table runner.  I have seen fusible joining products for batting, but I decided instead to try the bridging stitch on my machine

( #31), paired with the Interchangeable Dual Feed Changeable Decorative Foot (from Husqvarna Viking).  Because the two pieces of batting are not overlapping but are butted up next to one another, there is absolutely no bulk.    The foot has a metal guide down the middle where the two pieces of batting meet and the stitch joins them together.  

I am very happy with the final piece of batting .  If this is hard for you to see in the photo, I took another photo with the bridge flanked by two pins (the joint is between the two pins).  

If you own a Pfaff, you do not have the same Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot, but you do have the Narrow Edge Foot for IDT which will do the exact same job.  If you own a Husqvarna Viking but do not have the Interchangeable Dual Feed, there is also a foot called the Edge Joining Foot that will work.  When using any of these options, consider lowering the presser foot pressure to about 3 so the batting does not get stretched out with this technique.  (Remember, if you can adjust the presser foot pressure on your machine, you will do that either with a knob on the left side or top of your machine or in the Set Menu).  Also, use a thinner thread.  I used a 50 weight.