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    Default Using different color threads

    Hello,
    I am really really new at quilting. Really really new. I made one for my grandson a few years ago for his first bday and am making 2 more for the other 2 grandbabies for their 1st bdays coming up.

    This time around I think I learned from previous mistakes and at least the tops have seemed to turn out pretty good. I am about to put the top, basting and bottom pieces together and sew. At this point I'm a "stitch in the ditch" kind of guy.

    My question is....
    My tops are the usual baby type prints with nice colors. The bottoms will be predominately yellow on one and pink on the other and I will be machined stitching them together. Can you use two different threads, i.e. one that matches the bottom and one that sort of blends in with the top? Put one color on the bobbin and the other color for the needle?

    Thanks for any advice on this.

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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    You absolutely can use two different colors. Go for it!

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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Yes you can. Please be aware that no matter how carefully you set the tension occasionally the bottom thread will poke up to the top. Only you will notice. No one else will see the pop ups. Honest. Don't let it drive you crazy.
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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Thanks all. I am aware that one may poke through. Really do appreciate the replies!

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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Now might be the time to play around with some variegated thread. They have such a great selection these days. Don't let me throw you off though



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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Quote Originally Posted by Hulamoon View Post
    Now might be the time to play around with some variegated thread. They have such a great selection these days. Don't let me throw you off though
    I LOVE variegated thread. When I use variegated thread I use the variegated thread only in the top and a thinner thread as close to the middle shade of the variegated thread in the bobbin.
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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Had to look up "variegated thread". Multi colored I guess I call it. I have some and that's why I asked my question as I want to use that on top and the other color on bottom. Undecided yet. Thanks again...

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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Welcome to the forum!!!

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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    Welcome to the forum!

    I've used different threads on top and bottom. The only issue I ever had was when my bottom thread was heavier (thicker) than the top.
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    Default Re: Using different color threads

    I opted to not stitch in the ditch but 3/8" either side of the seam lines, both sides. I set my machine up with one thread on bobbin and different off spool. Had some practice pieces set up to test and sure enough...was getting all kinds of looping on the bottom. Messed with the tension and that didn't solve it. Then I remember reading KPH above's post and thought I'd run both same thread on top and bottom. Reset my tension to default and wa-la.... problem solved. Went with the multi colored thread and though would have preferred the other, this works as well.

    Again.. thanks all for the input!
    Last edited by chaswp54; September 13th, 2019 at 01:08 PM.

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