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Thread: How do you bury your thread ends?

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    How do you bury your thread ends?

    I just finished FMQing a small quilt and started wondering how to "properly" bury the thread ends. I did stitch in place on most starts and ends, but I know I missed a few. So how do I secure those that I missed. I don't want the quilt police showing up and giving me a citation for doing it wrong.
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    I do mine just like I do them when I hand quilt.

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    just doing it as invisibly as possible is all you can strive for. i use the self threading needles, slip one into the interior layers of the quilt, weaving back and forth and up and down to catch as many layers as possible. leave the needle in place while you hold firmly and pull the thread into the self threading groove and then pull inside. this can be done even when the end is very short. backstitch when you can, keep traveling as much as possible to have as few ends as possible.....

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    If you haven't snipped your thread ends, you can thread the ends on a needle and run the needle between the quilt layers (after tying a knot near the fabric). A little tug will pull the knot inside the sandwich. Cut your thread where the needle comes out of the sandwich.
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    There are many good videos on youtube like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVhJVKeTkwY

    Just google "hand quilting + end knot"
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    Thank you all....I was drawing a blank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    If you haven't snipped your thread ends, you can thread the ends on a needle and run the needle between the quilt layers (after tying a knot near the fabric). A little tug will pull the knot inside the sandwich. Cut your thread where the needle comes out of the sandwich.
    This is how I do it too...I'd love to be able to quilt without worrying about doing this...sigh...
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    I leave some tails and use a Spiral Eye Hand Sewing Needle (this is a self sewing needle with the hole on the side instead of on the top) to bury the threads. They are pricey, but worth it since they don't cut into my fingers (I don't do much handwork because of my hands). I am not affiliated with the company, but love the product (Nancy's Notions also carries them) http://spiraleyeneedles.com/Needles.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    If you haven't snipped your thread ends, you can thread the ends on a needle and run the needle between the quilt layers (after tying a knot near the fabric). A little tug will pull the knot inside the sandwich. Cut your thread where the needle comes out of the sandwich.
    I do it this way too. I intentionally leave the thread tails long when I start and stop. I don't have to worry about the thread coming loose this way.

    Pat

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    I just watched a video on FMQ by Karen MacTavish and Ronda K. Beyer. (Talk about experts in the field!) Near the end of the video, Karen asked Ronda if she buries the ends and Ronda said no, and Karen said she doesn't either, life is too short. They both do a lot of backtracking and planning so there aren't as many starts and stops. I figure if they don't bury, neither will I.

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