Adding down to a quilt
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Jason McSpadden
(JBMcSr1) - M

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 06:06:53 MDT Print View

I have an older Golite Ultra 20 quilt that I have been using for awhile. I think 5 years. I would like to add some down to it so that I can sleep warmer. I think it originally had 9 ozs and I would like to add about 3 ozs more. I purchased 3.2 ozs of 850 fill down from Thru-Hiker last year but can't seem to work of the courage to cut into my quilt, open that sealed bag of down, and just do it. So, I'm wondering if you know of businesses that might do this for me. I've contacted a couple of area outdoor equipment/clothing repair places but they don't seem to answer emails and I can't get them on the phone. Who would you recommend for me to try?

Or have any of you added down to your quilt/sleeping bag at home? If so, what kind of help or hints could you give me?

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 16:12:34 MDT Print View

Sorry I can't offer any relevant advise, but 9oz of down in a 20F bag seems grossly UNDER filled.

I question this because the Golite Ultralight 3-season 20F I got on Summer 2012 clearance has ~16oz and their new Z30 30F I just received has 13oz.

That said, given the Z30 can be had on sale for only $180 shipped now perhaps it would be best to just buy it and offset the expense with the sale of your current quilt and down on Swap.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 16:45:25 MDT Print View

"have any of you added down to your quilt/sleeping bag at home?"
I did that not having much of an idea of what I was doing and with (from 0 to 100) -13 sewing skills.
First I shook the down to one side of the quilt.
Then I sealed myself inside a single wall fully enclosed shelter and carefully opened a baffle at a time cutting the stitching with a blade and stuffed some down inside, then folded the edge in a bit (like with a roll top*) and put some clothes pegs there.
Once finished that I had of course hundreds of little down things flying about inside the tent but managed to capture a good part and shoved them in.
Some can still be seen floating around Port Melbourne even now.
I then removed the pegs one baffle at the time carefully keeping the edge folded over and used a stitch called " whatever the stupid sewing machine is set with" because the hieroglyphics displayed on it did not mean anything at all to me.
I jammed that stupid contraption just before the last two baffle so I finished those by hand.
The only way you can tell those were done by hand is if you look.
Anyway it worked somehow.
* Pro sewers call this technique "oh dear.... "

Edited by Franco on 10/02/2013 16:50:37 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 16:57:49 MDT Print View

" Pro sewers call this technique "oh dear.... " "

I thought that the sewer is what you see after you've been circling the drain.

--B.G.--

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 17:41:31 MDT Print View

You do have a point there.
I did go around in circles making it and felt drained at the end of the project.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 17:57:14 MDT Print View

To avoid the ambiguity, I think the modern term for a person who performs sewing is a -Sewist-. It's either that, or else a Fabric Component Assembly Specialist.

--B.G.--

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 18:11:09 MDT Print View

Bob,
You are a funny fellow.
Your are so wrapped up in your self righteousness that you can't tell when you make an ass of yourself.
I mean that in the nicest possible way.
BTW,
It will escape you, but there is a strong ironical element in your suggestion , to avoid ambiguity, to replace the correct term "sewer" with "Fabric Component Assembly Specialist" or even with the made up word "sewist" (sewing artist).

Edited by Franco on 10/02/2013 19:46:55 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 18:25:41 MDT Print View

Franco, I was just trying to be helpful with modern terminology. You are welcome to use old ambiguous terminology if you like.

--B.G.--

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Adding down to a quilt on 10/02/2013 19:40:25 MDT Print View

The EXACT thing you're looking for....

http://heberhiking.blogspot.com/2010/11/enhancing-golite-ultra-20.html

I have wanted to do this for some time but I'm more initmidated than I should be!

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Seam ripper on 10/04/2013 13:42:24 MDT Print View

Use a seam ripper to remove existing stitching. Much easier and less chance of cutting the fabric.