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Thread: Need Help with hand quilting

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    Hi: I am making a whole cloth quilt. When I run out of thread, I make the knot and sandwich it between the batting and the backing. How do you start with the next needle full of thread so that the back doesn't leave any open spaces?
    Oh one other question, when you cut off the length of thread, which end do you knot? The one you just cut off the spool or the other end. Or does it even matter? Thanks

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    I do mostly machine quilting now, but, I bury my knot before the previous knot I just buried, that way there is plenty of batting for it to nestle in.

    It does matter how you thread the needle. The knot end should be from the end you just cut. If your thread is knotting up and curling up on itself, you probably threaded the needle wrong.

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    I will follow this thread, thanks

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    Thank you Pam for the information. I will try both suggestions and see if that does the job for me.
    It is wonderful to have so many people with so much knowledge. I sure am sure glad I came across this group.

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    this is a very knowledgeable group of quilters from all over the world

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    What I've done is start exactly where I've left off. Say if I ended with the stitch on top and then buried it, I'd come in close with my next thread (bury the knot) and then come out the back to finish it and then continue on.

    I don't really know if it matters what end of the thread you knot, but it seems that out of habit I always knot the end I just clipped.

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    I start mine on the back sometimes, depends on the size, frame etc. I put the thread thru the needle and knot it then cut to desired length. I read this in an old quilting book when you thread the needle the thread may lose its "twist". I load up at least ten needles at a time so I don't have to stop. If you have more questions you can pm me I have hand quilted for 10 years.

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    Oh all my years of hand sewing I never realized it mattered which end you threaded, thanks for asking the question and to the group for enlightening me.

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    I never knew that! I started out making sunbonnet sue blocks to go with the ones my Grannie made. She just cut the thread and knotted both ends together so that is what I have been doing. Even for quilting. No wonder my thread tangles so badly.

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    Does anyone know of a video that I could watch?

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