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    Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

    I'm using a new Quilter in my new town and as I was sewing on the binding I noticed I could see the floor lamp light was shining through the holes in the fabric made by the quilting stitches. I don't remember ever noticing that before in the quilts I had quilted in MN. I don't have any of them here to compare it to. It seems to me that maybe this person uses a bigger needle? Or what? To me the holes are quite noticeable. Any ideas? (I may not get back to the forum for 20 hours - please don't be offended). Thanks.

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    Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

    I wouldn't think you should. But I am also sure they will shrink up and not be noticeable once it is washed.
    Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

    Marilyn......
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      #3
      Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

      The size of the thread determines the size of the needles. I have noticed this on my quilts that I quilt. They will close up especially if you wash it.
      Vonnie

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        #4
        Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

        Not to worry, they should disappear after you wash and dry your quilt.
        Last edited by Bubby; January 23, 2017, 05:07 AM.
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        Scottie Mom Barb

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          #5
          Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

          I think I would be a little shocked at seeing the light through the holes! Hopefully, the wash will do the trick.
          Cindy

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            #6
            Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

            As said earlier it is the size of needle used to quilt, which is determined by the thread. So whoever quilted liked using a 'larger' combo

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              #7
              Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

              I use an 18 or 19 needle in my longarm, and depending on the fluffiness of the batting, yes, I can see light through the holes. It's not an issue once the quilt is washed. I find the tight flat battings such as Warm and White will show this more than other battings!

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                #8
                Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

                Originally posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
                I use an 18 or 19 needle in my longarm, and depending on the fluffiness of the batting, yes, I can see light through the holes. It's not an issue once the quilt is washed. I find the tight flat battings such as Warm and White will show this more than other battings!
                I also use an 18. My machine loves Signature 40 wt thread and if I use a smaller needle like a 16 with a 40 wt thread, it will shred the thread.

                Remember, a longarm machine is going through some thick layers, top with seams, batting, backing and sometimes seams. A smaller needle just would not be able to handle it. And it stitches at a much faster rate then a domestic.

                If you don't want to wash the quilt to shrink the holes, then try tossing it in the dryer for a few minutes.

                But do not worry about those holes.

                And don't forget, Jean is one of the most experience longarm quilters on this forum and if she is not worried you should not be either.
                Vonnie

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                  #9
                  Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

                  Originally posted by Vonnie View Post
                  And don't forget, Jean is one of the most experience longarm quilters on this forum and if she is not worried you should not be either.
                  I have never had anything long-armed, so I guess I shouldn't jump in with my opinion on these things. Just saying it would have surprised me, too. I would believe anything Jean told me!
                  Cindy

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                    #10
                    Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

                    Originally posted by seaturtle View Post
                    I have never had anything long-armed, so I guess I shouldn't jump in with my opinion on these things. Just saying it would have surprised me, too. I would believe anything Jean told me!
                    She's one smart cookie!

                    Never be shy about asking questions - it's a great way to learn something new. I have learned a lot from forum members over the years. Everyone's been great about helping me with problems.
                    Vonnie

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                      #11
                      Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

                      Originally posted by Vonnie View Post
                      I also use an 18. My machine loves Signature 40 wt thread and if I use a smaller needle like a 16 with a 40 wt thread, it will shred the thread.

                      Remember, a longarm machine is going through some thick layers, top with seams, batting, backing and sometimes seams. A smaller needle just would not be able to handle it. And it stitches at a much faster rate then a domestic.

                      If you don't want to wash the quilt to shrink the holes, then try tossing it in the dryer for a few minutes.

                      But do not worry about those holes.

                      And don't forget, Jean is one of the most experience longarm quilters on this forum and if she is not worried you should not be either.
                      Wow, you are too kind!

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                        #12
                        Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

                        Originally posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
                        Wow, you are too kind!
                        Just telling the truth!

                        You are our quilting guru!
                        Vonnie

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                          #13
                          Re: Should I be able to see light through the quilting holes?

                          Thank you everyone! And I so agree that Jean has been helpful throughout my quilting journey! She seems to be a natural teacher and definitely an opinion I trust. I don't come here often - crazy busy - but I really appreciate being able to come at all. And I look for advice not only to Jean but to all of you. I will finish binding this quilt and wash it gently and I'm sure the holes will be much less noticeable. If I ever take time to learn how to post pictures, I'll share a few of quilts you all have helped me make. Thank you!

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