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Thread: To reverse stitch or not

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    Senior Member klarina's Avatar
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    To reverse stitch or not


    I was wondering what expert quilters recomend regarding if there is a need to reverse stitch a couple stitches at the beginning and end when you are piecing your blocks or not?

    Pros and cons?
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    Super Member snipforfun's Avatar
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    No need to backstitch. Those ends will be included when you sew them to the piece. However if I am using a poly thread (all the time!) I sew off the ends about 1/2" as poly tends to unravel. Another reason to not backstitch is that it makes it harder to rip out if necessary (often!)

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    I have not done it when putting blocks together. Never had a problem, but I do sometimes when I have to piece borders or bindings. I feel like it makes just a bit stronger, in my mind anyway.
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    ​I don't back stitch on blocks but I do back stitch on the outer edge of my rows to prevent the edges from unravelling.

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    No need if you lower your stitch length. All it does is waste time and create bulk in the seams.

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    Not when piecing. I do when quilting, attaching bindings etc.

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    It depends on the seam I'm sewing. Sometimes I feel it needs a bit of anchoring, like at the end of a row of blocks
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    not needed because when the blocks are joined and then the borders are added all beginning/ending seams will be stitched over securing them

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    I backstitch two stitches at the start and finish. To resew a seam that has pulled open after you start a row is a hassle. Two stitches won't add enough bulk to notice. I tried using the shorter stitch length but it was better just to backstitch for me.
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    As a newbie, I've got several of my current project's 9-patch squares that aren't entirely square. And if I square them, they'll be too small. So I've left them unsquare, and on the parts that aren't long enough to reach a full 1/4" seam (by this I mean REALLY close so that the stitch line is almost on the edge of the fabric), I find that backstitching that portion and then running forward again creates a nice sturdy stitch that is not likely to create a hole in that spot down the road. I know it's creating bulk in the seam, but I'd rather have bulk than a hole later on.

    Otherwise, I'm not locking in my stitches at the beginning & end.
    Last edited by Teeler; 04-04-2013 at 05:42 AM.

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