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Thread: hand piecing as strong as machine piecing?

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Anybody know if hand piecing is a strong as machine piecing?? I wonder if the bobbin thread makes any difference.

    Inquiring minds would like to know. :roll:

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    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.

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    I think it depends on the stitch. I have done some piecing (way back in the day) where I used double thread and a backstitch. I would have double-dog dared anyone to rip that.

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    It is true...........you gave me a good laugh with the dare!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I think it depends on the stitch. I have done some piecing (way back in the day) where I used double thread and a backstitch. I would have double-dog dared anyone to rip that.

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    My first quilt (over 30 years ago) was hand pieced, and it's in great shape after many years of regular use! The fabric has worn in a few areas, but the piecing has held up. I used a single thread and a backstitch every four or five stitches.

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    To be honest I don't think so, unless you do a lot of backstitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I think it depends on the stitch. I have done some piecing (way back in the day) where I used double thread and a backstitch. I would have double-dog dared anyone to rip that.
    I used to hand piece my quilts this way too.

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    I believe the sewing machine will provide a stronger lock stitch than hand work.

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    Depends on how you end your seams. If you tie a good strong knot, it should be fine. After all, there are a lot of antique textiles out there where the stitching is holding up just fine.

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    I have a bunch of antique quilts, and it usually is the fabric that goes, not the thread that stitched the pieces together. Usually it is because of a very narrow seam allowance that some old- time quilters used. The fabric started to unravel. But the threads are still intact.

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