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Thread: Backing.....what do you do .....???

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    Senior Member barb55's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    for backing fabric....
    Print or solid..... depends on the top- often a print

    seam down seam across.....across since i'm a long armer---always across---if not being long armed it does not matter so much.

    cut off salvage edge ???? ALWAYS!!! the salvage is a tighter weave and will shrink differently than the rest of the fabric. the salvages should always be cut off --- then you can always save salvages & make something with them- or pass them on to people who use them for other projects.

    match bobbin thread to backing color or..... of course

    match bobbin thread to top thread so it doesn't show on top ????? if your tension is right your bobbin thread will not show on the top- the bobbin should match your back- the top thread should go with your top. even tension keeps both on their respective side.
    If I have a dark top and the bottom is light, I use a light thread for the bottom but it well show on top a tinny little speck. I have a new Bernina. I tried to get them to take it out but they say that it is supose to be that way. They told me to match both threads if I don't want it to show. Do you ever have this happen to you?
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    cut off the selvage, because it is woven tightly and could skew your quilt slightly or not have the same amount of give as the rest of the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barb55 View Post
    If I have a dark top and the bottom is light, I use a light thread for the bottom but it well show on top a tinny little speck. I have a new Bernina. I tried to get them to take it out but they say that it is supose to be that way. They told me to match both threads if I don't want it to show. Do you ever have this happen to you?
    it sounds like the tension is slightly off, and no one wants to work on the bernina to get it corrected.

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    I have only been piece quilting forabout 2 yrs now, but I love plain muslin for the backs of my quilts. I use thread or pearl cotton (for tying) to match the top. Nobody has complained yet. smile.....Quilts for little folks I do use a matching print .

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