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Thread: Machine Quilting question

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    Machine Quilting question

    There is probably a simple answer to this, but I am new to machine quilting. I know with regular sewing to anchor your thread at the beginning or end you reverse over the prior stitches and tie off... how does this work with quilting? What is the easiest and most effective way to make sure that your stitches stay?

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    personally when machine quilting, I take very small stitches and then change to larger stitches. usually 1.1 and then to 2.2 or perhaps 2.4. I end with small stitches also. so far, it works fine for me.

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    Yes, I always anchor with a couple of tiny stitches at the beginning and end. However, if I have to stop somewhere that isn't a "natural" place I will tie it off instead and bury the knot.

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    When using a walking foot, I hand tie and bury the threads at the beginning and end. When I FMS, I take several stitches almost on top of each other. I still tie and bury the ends.

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    I pull the bobbin thread to the top and take several stitches in the same place. Stitch on for an inch or so and trim the ends. I stitch in the same place for a few stitches at the end and trim the top and bobbin threads. Good luck and find the way that works for you.
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    it depends on whether you are starting on the edge or in the middle or walking foot or free motion.

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    Started in the middle with a walking foot with straight lones to the edge

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    If the quilt is for a show do it properly as quoted above. If the quilt is for me friend or dogs . I bring thread to top and my machine has a fix it button which puts so many stitches in one place , I also finish same way.
    Doing it properly thread to top , few small stitches start when you do first stop tie ends and leave. At end large eye needle and sew into batting. I have seen video at craftsy.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    starting with small stitches, I should clarify my previous post -I do mine at 1.0, not 1.1. what ever your machine would do. you could also stitch in place.

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    Thanks for all the help you guys! Just finished the quilt this morning!

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