> I have a heritage down comforter that was made by my grandmother from the
> geese they kept on their farm.. I love it.. its about twice as thick as
> one of the commercial comforters that you can find on the market, but
> perhaps it is also a mix of down and small feathers...
> the cover is torn, and quite dirty.. and I would like to redo it..
> however the project scares me silly... how am I going to control all
> those feathers flying around
You can partially control them by first putting the old comforter in a
freezer for a day or two. When you take it out of the freezer and start
removing the down, it will be much colder that room air temperature, so
moisture from the air will condense on it. The slightly-water-coated
feathers have less static and are a bit heavier, so they're a little
less inclined to fly all over the room. It doesn't work perfectly, but
it does help.
> and where am I going to find instructions on how to make a new cover.. I'd
> like to make a baffled cover like the new commercial comforters have...
> what are the requirements of the fabric for the cover? I suspect it
> should be a really high thread count and very tight.. are there special
> suppliers for such stuff..
Most waterproof fabrics are also down-proof, so look for uncoated
waterproof nylons or blends. As others have mentioned, feather ticking
is also downproof, or a very high-count cotton would work. Frostline
makes down kits and also sells fabric, so you could contact them for
fabric, but there are lots of other places that also sell suitable
It is better to wash down than to dryclean it, so look for a washable
fabric that would permit you to throw the whole thing in the washing
machine as needed. Dry at low temperature with a pair of clean tennis
shoes--it makes a terrible racket, but the tennies help to plump up the
feathers inside the comforter (or jacket or whatever).
What kind of baffles are you talking about? If you mean true baffles,
like that used in sleeping bags, that might be a bit tricky to sew--i'd
experiment on s***fabric to develop a workable technique. If you just
want quilting lines that hold the two layers together, you can draw a
line to follow using any eraseable marker (air erase, cold water erase,
chalk), pin at intervals, and then sew the lines.
First sew together around three sides of the two layers, right sides
together, turn, mark your channels, and sew them. Now stuff each
channel from the open end, folding it over and pinning to keep the pesky
down inside while you continue filling the channels. Once all the
channels are sewn, machine stitch the folded over end to permanently
secure the down inside.
You'd use a similar method, modified for the baffling, if you're doing
proper baffles. (I've never sewn any with baffles, so I don't know just
how tricky that is or exactly how it's done. I'd have to play with a
bit of fabric and do some trial and error.)
PS...I almost forgot--if you use nylon, sear the edges to prevent
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