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Thread: there must be a better way!!!

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    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
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    I agree, with everyone here, if it is not going into a quilt show....don't stress the small stuff, back stitch with tiny stitches, and cut it off...
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    I don't like the self threading needles that 'pop' from the top. Hard to do and way to many thread shreds. The side one, spiral looks like the ticket to me.Going to get some as soon as I can find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I begin my machine quilting line by taking one stitch, then pulling the bobbin thread to the front before taking 4-5 tiny stitches, then dialing to the regular stitch length.

    I end the line of quilting by taking those same 4-5 tiny stitches, lifting the presser foot, moving the quilt out from under the needle 8-10", first cutting the bottom threads under the quilt, THEN cutting the threads on the front/top of the quilt AFTER I've given the bobbin thread a little tug to pull the last bobbin thread stitch thru to the top - it's just a little 'bump' feeling - and then cutting the front threads.

    This seems to eliminate thread clumps on the back of the quilt for me.

    Jan in VA
    Well! I am definitely going to try this next time! Most of what I am doing is FMQ, and my machine can't drop its dogs so I've got a stitch length of 0, and a (somewhat jiggly) plate over the dogs to prevent snagging - my tiny stitches will have to be at my own discretion...but I think this could work for me! And having all the ends to tuck, or clip, on the same side of the quilt will also make life a little sweeter. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    If you are committed to burying them though, there is a great cheater needle on the market that I recommend. It's not the Clover - that one works by *popping* the thread through a tight gap in the top of the needle, I've broken too many threads with those needles.

    Try the "Spiral Eye" needle - they are great! I use them for almost everything now.

    http://www.spiraleyeneedles.com/

    Sometimes when you can make just one little part of a big chore easier (threading the needles - especially when you are using short threads already connected to the quilt), the whole chore becomes that much easier.
    Thanks DogHouseMom! This looks very useful, especially as I get ever more nearsighted. I shall try this too.

    The quilted things I am working on right now are to go into a craft sale and I very much want them to be well done, especially as I would like to get my name out there for possible future commissions, so for the moment I will continue to bury the threads on my already-quilted items. But the NEXT ones will be done differently! Thank you all.

    Alison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    I don't like the self threading needles that 'pop' from the top. Hard to do and way to many thread shreds. The side one, spiral looks like the ticket to me.Going to get some as soon as I can find them.
    Sometimes I can get the thread to snap in OK ... other times I just shred and break it and then have nothing left to work with. Am curious about these spiral ones .... but where to find them?
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    The last several packs of spiral needles that I purchasse I found at Hobby Lobby, I use them for my Cross Stitch
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    If you're not using a cheater needle already, check out this video by Leah Day:
    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...g-threads.html

    Instead of sewing in place, I sew 3 to 5 teeny tiny stitches to start and stop. These stitches are maybe 2 to 3 mm long and don't create the "bump" that happens when the stitches are right on top of each other. These tiny stitches are very secure.
    I do mine this way as well..seems to work haven't had a problem...
    Kitty

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    I found my spiral eye needles also at Hobby Lobby after hearing about them from the inventor on this board. The needles were in the needlework department, not the fabric department. They are pretty neat little needles.
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    Oh my yes, there is a FAR BETTER WAY: Use a "self threading" (some people call them handicap needles) Insert the needle into your fabric and then using a pair of hemostats (your nurse friend will have one or know where you can get a pair), pull the thread end into the needle and then pull the needle through. This buries the thread and I've never had a thread end come out!! Learned this from a quilt judge and have used this method ever since. Yes, this is the BETTER WAY!!

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    knots and then there are "knots"

    I've always used that method and it always works. No worry there. The size of your knot is definitely the "key".

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    I agree it is a personnel touch. For my own quilts I do a few tiny stitches. But for someone else I sew in. I stop every time I go to a new place and sew in. Like wise I always clean bobbin home every time I put a full one in. When quilting 2 or 3 full bobbins are essential.

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