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Thread: hand piecing as strong as machine piecing?

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    I think once you get the top together and get it layered and quilted the batting and backing would act as partial support and it would be just fine. I have several hand pieced quilts and it's the fabric that's wearing out, but the stitching is okay.

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    Hand quilting--relaxing.

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    I agree hand stitching is strong. I have a quilt my grandmother made for me in the mid to late 30s and stitches are fine - fabric is wearing in spots. I'd use quilting thread because it's stronger and doesn't tangle as bad as regular sewing thread.

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    The length of the stitches makes a great deal of difference. I historically used a large needle and my stitching would be like basting stiches (I do embroidery work). I am learning to use a smaller needle and make smaller stitches.

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    I hand stitch mine using double thread, taking small stitches and backstitching throughout. I also double stitch at the beginning and ending of every needleful of thread. This is how I was taught in quilting classes better than thirty years ago, and the projects that I did at that time remain in wonderful, like new, condition. It takes a little more time but is sooooooooo worth it. I take my time and find that hand stitching and hand quilting is very relaxing. I want my quilts that I make for loved ones to last a very long time.

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    I was once told that it would be preferable to have thread, or seems, that were no stronger than the fabric. As a quilt ages, it is better if the seems come undone, which can be repaired more easily than if the thread cuts the fabric. ;)

    Jenny's book is fabulous!

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    I don't have a machine so do all my work by hand and not had to mend any seams yet thank goodness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbystabber
    Hand piecing is just fine. The reason you back stitch is if the thread should break it will only come apart 2 or 3 threads. I was taught never to start at the beginning of a seam or at the very end because this is the weakest point. I use a single thread. Never had any problems with thread breaking. Fabric will wear out before that will happen. And, I double dare you to rip out a seam. You must remember, after the top is quilted, there is no stress or pulling on your seams. So machine, or hand piecing...do what you prefer and worry not!
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    I just read this tip in Jinny's book. I just can't believe how much information I'm taking in, and learning SO much. Thanks for all the great input!

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    i have a quilt i did all by hand a few years ago and it has held up quite nicely i think it depends on your stitching. i do both but when it comes to quilting it hands only no machine

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