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Thread: Really stupid fmq question

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    Senior Member virgwid's Avatar
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    Ok, I have finally got up the courage to try to quilt my first quilt. I was told at the quilt shop to use the invisible nylon thread on the top only, not the bobbin. Just use what I had been using to sew it together on the bobbin, as it won't show thru so who cares? Well, its showing thru. I was using black thread because I had it handy when I started piecing. (tight budget). This on tan fabric shows thru. I was sighing at this, but was going to finish the first square that way (quiling on "sand" for a flip flop quilt) and then change to white. Now the bobbin ran out. I am guessing I need to continue this square with the black back so it looks the same for that block, but then I want to change it to get the thread more invisible. Is white correct? Is that what I should I use in the bobbin? I have to quilt the sand, water, and then a pink/orange border. Help!!

    On the positive side, I have absolutely NO talent for this whatsoever, the outline I quilted of my flip flops is horrendously not perfect, but I am LOVING IT!!!!!

    Thanks for your help - again! Don't think I have gotten thru any step in this process without you guys. Your advice is always invaluable. Virg

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    oh goodness, you are having a time aren't you? I too stitch pieces together with what ever i have on hand. even black. I did a decorative stitch on a pillowcase i just made and had black in the bobbin and white on top. didn't show at all, whew!
    yes i guess you could finish that block with black in the bobbin. then change to what ever you have on hand that blends in better with your backing fabric if you can. if not, white is fine.
    good luck.

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    The clear thread method is to mimic hand quilting. I FMQ with any color in the top and bobbin that I want. Glad you are loving it. Keep practicing and remember there are no rules!

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    I know many will cringe... but I use clear in the top and in the bobbin when I feel like it.... I've not had any problems doing this ( just have to load the bobbin VERY slowly)
    I'd probably finish the one u have started with the black the switch to what ever u like.

    The imperfections merely add interest and make it unique....

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    i use whatever i want also..i love variegated threads the best..
    i used clear thread once...on the top..rather not use it again..

    keep on hanging with your project! your gonna be so proud!

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    a gray or cream thread would blend in better...a neutral- sometimes white really shows as much as the black does- a nice medium neutral will probably be a better choice for your project

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    i am a fan of mid grey--amazing what you can sew with this

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    If you play with the tension you can get different effects. So if you don't like seeing the black bobbin thread, loosen the top tension.

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