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Thread: silk/satin quilt

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    Member desankabrown's Avatar
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    i have a lot of silk/satin material, i was thinking of making a quilt with...i know i need a nice fresh needle, but is there a certain size to use? is there a certain type and size thread to use?? and what stitch on the machine should i use so it doesn't 'gather'???

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    The tension needs to be adjusted properly in order to have the seams not draw up other than that the option would be to put a stabilizer under the seam as you stitch it - then tear out the stabilizer afterward. Using a walking foot or a satin foot would make it easier as well, and use pins if the fabrics slide a lot. It will make a beautiful quilt, but more work at the beginning. I'd use a smaller size needle if you have options, like an 11...but check it with the thread you're planning use. Good luck.

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    You might also consider using a bigger seam allowance that 1/4". I made a purse with satin squares, and it didn't take very long (and no washing) for the blocks to start fraying at the seams. Of course, a purse is subjected to different stresses than a quilt, and my purse was not quilted, and quilting stitches might have stabilized it to a certain extent.

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    One of the owners at a quilting store recommended using an ultralight stabilizer on the fabric. It makes it less slippery to work with and reduces the fraying at the seams.

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    Also check you sewing machine manual.

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