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Thread: What the heck do I do with the tails?

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    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
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    I just finished putting my quilt together. I used a walking foot to SITD. I started in the middle of the quilt like someone told me to do. Now what do I do with all that thread hanging from the quilt? I know I just can't cut them off because then it will come undone. Tried to do a search but couldn't find anything that addressed this.

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    BTW- A walking foot is just the bomb :D

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    You should bury them in between the sandwich (the top and bottom within the batting).

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    Did you back stitch , when you started and stopped? then you can cut them off. or you can pull them to the back and tie them in knots and then cut them off. Elaine

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    Nope. My manuel said not to backstitch when using the walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandiphi
    You should bury them in between the sandwich (the top and bottom within the batting).
    And how is that done?

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    If you plan to bury them (which is what I do) then invest in a packet of self threading needles, using these makes it so much easier. You can only use these needles if you use a thimble, but most people do, don't they?

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    First of all, are the threads on the top or bottom? Well wherever they are, you would thread a sewing needle with these threads and bring the thread back into the backing or the top, depending on where the threads are, almost in the same spot where the threads are. Since you did not secure your threads when you first started, try to make sure you go into the batting as well.

    I would suggest from now when you do SITD, back stitch at the beginning and end this way you won't have to bury your threads, you can just snip them. Also, when you start quilting you should be bringing your bobbin thread up to the top, if you haven't been doing that.

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    I usually do a 2 or 3 stitch backstitch. BUT, I also bury the tails.
    Just leave enought to thread a needle. Then "weave" the needle in and out of the batting without bringing the needle up thru the quilt. When you get about to the end of where you think your thread is....bunch up the fabric, bring the needle up and cut the thread. Once you straighten/flatten up the quilt, the thread is hidden

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    Do others backstitch when using your walking foot? My manuel says not to use the backstitch if using this foot. I don't know why it doesn't say. If I could backstitch a few stitches I would, but not sure if I should try not knowing what it might do to my foot.

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    What make of machine do you have? I have a Bernina and use my walking foot all the time - sometimes to do just regular sewing, too and I back stitch with no problem whatsoever.

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