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Thread: Hand stitching a few missed stitches. Help again please?

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    Hand stitching a few missed stitches. Help again please?

    First of all, thank you to all who responded to my question about LA'ing batting along with polar fleece. I ended up taking the suggestion to use a thin white muslin in the middle. This prevented the blue dotted fleece on the back from showing through the pale yellow gingham strip on the front.

    As I was nearly finished FM stippling on the quilt, it started to skip a stitch here and there. It's nothing so horrible that it can't be fixed, but I'm not sure the best way to do it. My plan as it was happening was to just hand stitch from the back to catch the top thread where the holes are. Unfortunately, that wasn't quite as easy or, more importantly, as neat and tidy as I'd hoped.

    I'm sure there are youtube videos or tutorials or something out there that can show me how to do this, but because I'm so tech challenged I can never find anything without a link (even cute baby or kitten videos), but I do know how to post here so I'm coming to you once again asking for help.

    If someone can explain to me or provide a link to an explanation about how to hand stitch to pick up missed stitches I would really appreciate it. I just hope my question even makes sense because I definitely have no idea how to post a picture!

    Thank you again in advance. It really means so much to me that I can reach out to all of you for help.

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    I have never seen this done. If I were to attempt it, I would probably use a single thread in a needle, bury the knot inside the sandwich, then take a tiny stitch to tack the machine thread to the sandwich. When done, I'd bury the knot inside the sandwich similar to how a quilting thread is buried.

    I do not envy you this task!

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    I have done it for an occasional long stitch in FMQ. I used one strand of matching thread on a needle with no knot on the end. I put the needle up from the bottom to come out right next to the long stitch on the top, hold onto the thread end so you don't pull the whole thing through. Put the needle tip back down on the other side of the long stitch and pull it through to the back still holding on to the thread end. You now have the 2 loose ends on the back. Knot them together OVER the back thread and using a self threading needle, bury the loose ends into the sandwich right next to the back stitch and give a sharp tug to bury the knot. Clip off any extra thread and the long stitch is fixed.
    I would post a link but so far I have not seen any other obsessive, compulsive person that has to fix their long stitches. I no longer have this problem since my Bernina with the BSR.

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    I was thinking kind of what you've suggested. I tried it quickly before I had to run out for errands earlier, but I did it with double threads. It didn't look great and I think that's why. Once I get some time to focus later this evening, I'll try it again, but with a single thread.

    Thank you for responding. It's funny how just when I start feeling confident in my skills, something else makes it clear that I still have so so much to learn!

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    Whew, that's done. I took the advice here and used a single thread. It looks really good if I do say so myself! I don't even think anyone will notice if I don't point it out. Thank you again!

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