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    Underquilt Baffles vs Sew through

    I'm planning my 2007 DIY Hammock, lol. I'm thinking about quilts now. Are baffles needed in a down quilt? What's the advantage/disadvantage or having or not having baffles?
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    Sewn through can lead to some cold spots. I have never had trouble with this in my WM Highlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funbun View Post
    I'm planning my 2007 DIY Hammock, lol. I'm thinking about quilts now. Are baffles needed in a down quilt? What's the advantage/disadvantage or having or not having baffles?
    At the point where the two covers are sewn together, in theory, you'll have zero insulation. In practice, this depends on the loft of your quilt and how much you overstuff it.

    Sewn through quilts also tend to be lighter than their baffled counterparts. No baffle material, thread to sew it in and typically less insulation.

    Bottom line: If you're going much below 45 degrees you'll want baffles in your quilt. Above that, you can save some ounces.
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    Okay, I plan on about 1.5 inch loft maybe around 40 degrees or so, certainly not lower. Just a summertime quilt. I'll make a new quit for winter.

    So the baffles just help the fabric "sit up" more at the seams?

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    I have been debating on making a quilt for 30F with sewn through, but I am unsure how to actually do the sew through. Do I first sew the sections then put the down in, or do I put the down in and then sew? It seems like the first one is the correct way.

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    Definitely sew first, then put in down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funbun View Post
    Okay, I plan on about 1.5 inch loft maybe around 40 degrees or so, certainly not lower. Just a summertime quilt. I'll make a new quit for winter.

    So the baffles just help the fabric "sit up" more at the seams?

    Yes. The baffles determine the thickness of your quilt. You'll have down throughout and life will be good!!

    BTW, don't forget to use polyester thread. The cotton stuff will rot and you'll be left holding a bag of down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txulrich View Post
    Yes. The baffles determine the thickness of your quilt. You'll have down throughout and life will be good!!

    BTW, don't forget to use polyester thread. The cotton stuff will rot and you'll be left holding a bag of down.
    Cool, I bought the thread that Speer sells. It a bunch or thread, like 6,000 yards or something.

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    Use the vacuum method to collect and distribute down. I wish I had a link to the video, but... Use panty hose or something like netting in a vacuum attachment hose, such the down into vacuum attachment, blow feathers into quilt.

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    I was reading thru-hiker last night. AYCE has a good method for measuring and filling the down. He puts the bag of down in a box and puts that box/bag combo on a scale. He notes the weight. Then he removes the amount of down needed and hand stuffs them in each baffel. Then sews each baffel as it is stuffed. The box is used to catch any loose down.

    I thought that was a good method without having to handle the down more than once.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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