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Thread: Tying off threads.

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    I have a question. I have always been meticulous (maybe obsessive is a better word) about tying off the threads on anything I make. Last year I was fortunate to acquire a Bernina 730. It has a knotting button and a button to cut the thread, but I can't quite trust them to really secure the threads. Most of the time I end up knotting them myself. So my question is: does anyone else feel this way, or do you just use these features and not worry about it?

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    I use both those features on my machine and have never had a problem. I suggest if you're worried that you sew a short seam, end and cut, then test it.

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    I have been backstitching on the quilts I am making for my kids and grands, as I know these are for every day use and will take a beating. I guess I am "old school" when it comes to making sure my seams stay sewn :oops: :roll: :lol:

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    I always back stitch if I know the quilt is going to be washed a lot. My machine doesn't have those features.

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    I have the 730, but don't use these features for quilting, though I do for other types of sewing (dressmaking, household, embroidery). I prefer to leave longer ends of threads and sew them into the quilt out of site. I start by bringing up the bobbin thread to the top, hold on to it and then start and finish my quilting with about 5 stitches very close together (but not on top of one another, which would look unsightly) I then do another couple of stitches slightly longer, and then another couple again a little bit longer then proceed with my usual preferred length. All of this happens within about 1 inch. At the other end, I reverse the proceedure. This way you don't have to do any back stitching, which always seems to show to me. I have stopped knotting the ends of my thread, before sewing them in, as the very close stitches hold well enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I have the 730, but don't use these features for quilting, though I do for other types of sewing (dressmaking, household, embroidery). I prefer to leave longer ends of threads and sew them into the quilt out of site. I start by bringing up the bobbin thread to the top, hold on to it and then start and finish my quilting with about 5 stitches very close together (but not on top of one another, which would look unsightly) I then do another couple of stitches slightly longer, and then another couple again a little bit longer then proceed with my usual preferred length. All of this happens within about 1 inch. At the other end, I reverse the proceedure. This way you don't have to do any back stitching, which always seems to show to me. I have stopped knotting the ends of my thread, before sewing them in, as the very close stitches hold well enough for me.
    this is what i do too

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    pout. My machine does not have these features! I do know and tie offand hide inside the quilt. :?

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    When you back stitch just a little , the threads do not show!
    I only do this on quilts that I know are going to be washed and used all the time, and I love having that extra security knowing the threads can not work loose. On others it is not necessary to do so.

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    Great idea, Barbara! I will try that. I never think of the obvious! Thanks!

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    Thanks for all the input everyone! Now I have some things to try.

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