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    Default Should I be back stitching?.

    I have one table runner and five placemats left to quilt today. I have already done nine already and one tanle runner but now I'm worried. None of the tutorials i have watched show anyone backstitching at the end of their "rows". Is this going to cause issues when they are washed?

    Also, I keep getting this birdsnest of thread at the beginning of my stitch rows! It's maddening! I have a scissor thingy on my machine that automatically cuts the thread....if that tells you anything.

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    No back stitch required, as end of one seam is nested inside another. Does that make sense?

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    To help with the birdnest thing, trying pulling the top and bottom thread to the back and holding it down when you start to stitch a row. Some machines need a little help.

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    I stitch with a smaller stitch than most people do because I'm afraid that the ends will eventually start coming unstitched. I guess I have that fear because my aunt made my children quilts when they were small and when i washed them, they started falling apart. However, she didn't use quality cotton fabric and a lot of the damage was because the edges frayed past the stitching line. I think she bought a poly-blend from walmart that had a pretty sparse weave. Plus it was a tacked quilt so the fabric had more room to shift when it was washed. Anyway...I put way too much work into quilts to take a chance on them falling apart.

    I used to backstitch and it was no problem. It's just easier to use a smaller stitch. As far as the birds nest, I just hold my top and bottom thread, as Linda suggested, until I have a few stitches sewn.
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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    Are you talking about when you are piecing or when you are quilting?
    When piecing it helps to sew onto a small scrap of fabric then off that piece onto your squares without cutting in between.
    If you are talking about when you are quilting then you should leave a longer thread tail, pull the bobbin thread to the top, tie it off and bury the thread in the sandwich.

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    Here is a video with Leah Day... she shows you some basics and also shows you what to do so you dont get the clumping in the back.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6nz0QwNv1AA
    Last edited by Madeforyouinma11; December 16th, 2012 at 02:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    When you begin a new line of quilting bring your needle down and back up; it should bring a small loop from the bobbin to the top of the quilt....push both back under the foot and begin quilting....when done quilting tie the two threads into a single knot, thread a needle and bury the knot between the top and batting layers....secures your quilting lines so they don't unravel....at the end of a line of stitching if you tug on the top thread it will pull up a tiny loop and you grab that loop and again tie a knot and bury in the two layers of the quilt...I don't use the auto cut when I am quilting...I lift the needle and move several inches over and then drop the foot and then cut so I have several inches of thread to work with so I can tie off the threads and bury them! Hope this helps....I learned most of this from YouTube!

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    Quote Originally Posted by lilmouse View Post
    When you begin a new line of quilting bring your needle down and back up; it should bring a small loop from the bobbin to the top of the quilt....push both back under the foot and begin quilting....when done quilting tie the two threads into a single knot, thread a needle and bury the knot between the top and batting layers....secures your quilting lines so they don't unravel....at the end of a line of stitching if you tug on the top thread it will pull up a tiny loop and you grab that loop and again tie a knot and bury in the two layers of the quilt...I don't use the auto cut when I am quilting...I lift the needle and move several inches over and then drop the foot and then cut so I have several inches of thread to work with so I can tie off the threads and bury them! Hope this helps....I learned most of this from YouTube!
    This is awesome but if I did this I would NEVER get these table runners and placemats done! I'm using small stitches so Im going to have to hope they wear out before they fall apart! LOL! I would def. use this method on a blanket tho. Thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    I alway do a backstich or two on all seams, why, because I guess that's how I was taught to do it and old habits die hard

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    Default Re: Should I be back stitching?.

    I start piercing seams with a -0- for 1 or 2 stitches, then for my pfaff I go back to 2. I normally sew clothes so was also taught to always back stitch, but someone pointed out you don't have to in quilting because another seam goes over all the stitching so no worries.

    When I quilt, the easiest for me is to take one stitch, lift the walking foot and then I pull holding the top trailing thread, but I move the quilt to the right a few inches. Then I grab my tweezers and when I pull on the top thread and the stitched thread, I can find the bottom thread "Loop" easy, nab it with the tweezers, hold them both, put my walking foot back down and still see where I came up at.
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