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Thread: hand piecing as strong as machine piecing?

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    I'm making a Grandmother's Flower Garden piecing by hand and I sure hope my seams hold!

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    So would you recommend using single thread or doubling it? I'm DYING to hand-piece something ever since I got Jinny Beyer's handquilting book. Been carrying the thing around with me everywhere, it's SUCH an awesome book!

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    If I remember correctly, Jinny recommends a single strand of thread, and that's what my teacher recommended, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    It probably isn't as strong as machine piecing. However, I have a quilt on my bed with hand pieced blocks. It's now over 10 years old, and the stitching has held up just fine.

    Janet
    ditto

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    I would say yes as hand pieced antique quilts are still holding together :-)

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    I have some quilts my great grandmother made, all hand stitched and hand quilted and they're in great shape. I've laundered them carefully and have used a couple of them some. The back stitching is important and super little stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    So would you recommend using single thread or doubling it?
    I use a single strand of cotton thread, and sometimes poly-cotton if that's what I have on hand. I don't double it.

    Janet

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    I would say yes, but depending on how your hand stitching it.

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    I pieced a couple of quilts by hand. I think I used single strand on one, double on another. I back stitched every stitch. Still holding up.
    For hand quilting I use a single strand.
    I do mostly machine piecing and machine quilting. That said, you cannot beat hand work for portability.

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    Well all I can answer to this is to go by my quiits. I have a quilt of my mothers,hand pieced and handquilted, made in the thirties or fourties,used on the beds,kids played with and on it. washed many times,only now wearing out. The earliest one I made and still have access to is one I made my DGD when she was less than a year old and she has used it constantly since then and is still using it.She is 20 this year.

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