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Thread: Hand quilting - how to finish

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    I have been handquilting for a very long time, so this is sort of a silly question to ask NOW. I was quilting last night and thought to myself if I should actually be finishing off a different way. Typically, I just make a knot & pop it through the middle of the batting to bury it, but wonder if I need to be doing some other sort of lock stitch first? :shock:

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    Thats how I was taught. Is there another way, curious?

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    That's how I've been doing it for years!

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    I have handquilted 2 or 3 quilts, and that is the way I finish off. Just pull it through. I've never seen any other way, except maybe backstitch once before pulling it through.

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    p.s. pull the knot through

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    That's how I've been doing it for years!
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Guess I started thinking and my mind started to run away. Started to freak out a bit thinking that I'm not doing something I should be since I'm self-taught. So far, so good! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny
    I have handquilted 2 or 3 quilts, and that is the way I finish off. Just pull it through. I've never seen any other way, except maybe backstitch once before pulling it through.
    I backstitch first, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Quote Originally Posted by barny
    I have handquilted 2 or 3 quilts, and that is the way I finish off. Just pull it through. I've never seen any other way, except maybe backstitch once before pulling it through.
    I backstitch first, also.
    So I'm guessing you backstitch first at the end of your line, then knot and pull through, correct?

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    Yes, I just float the needle about an inch or so away, wiggling it through the batting along the way, then make a knot and pop it in. I did recently learn to leave about an inch of a tail after the knot, then use the needle to tuck it inside, because over time the tail will knot up in the batting and add extra security, so I've started doing that.

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