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Thread: Maching quilting thread ends

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    I'm a fairly new quilter. I'm quiltig a crosshatch grid (1/2") in background of a large floral. I've outline quilted the large flower. Now, as I sew the crosshatch to the outline stitches, I have dozens of threads to tie off. The only way I know how to handle the ends of the crosshatch is to use a needle to pull the threads into the quilt, as I would do with hand quilting. This is taking forever. Is there a better way?

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    Moderator kathy's Avatar
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    stitch in place for 5-6 stitches then just cut it off at the quilt, i did it on a doll quilt that has been washed several times and it worked just fine so that's how i'm doing it now and nobody has ever said" you know, that quilt you gave me is falling apart"

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    Super Member vicki reno's Avatar
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    I am not sure if the "quilt police" are going to come after me, but have you tried back stitching a little ways at the beginning and end of the rows? I am not sue if that is okay or not.

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    Thanks. I'm using invisible thread. I forgot to mention it.

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    Super Member Yvonne's Avatar
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    I have stitched in place and was quite able to cut off the little knot I had made. It's a knack! :roll:

    What I do now is take the first few stips with the stitch length way down to minute. It's not stitching in one spot but very close to it. Those little tiny stitches aren't going anywhere and there is no knot for me to snip off either! :wink:

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    Thanks. I guess I am 'overdoing'. I'm taking small stiches, back stitching one stitch AND burying the threads. A little bit of overkill? I appreciate your help.

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    Super Member vicki reno's Avatar
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    If you are backstitching and stitching with tiny stitches, no need to bury threads. Just snip them and go on to the next row.
    Vicki

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