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Thread: Another binding question

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    Senior Member sandilee's Avatar
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    Another binding question

    When sewing the binding on the back of a finished quilt do you use a double strand of thread or single strand?
    I have been using a double strand but was wondering if a single one would look neater.

    My hand sewing needs alot of improvement!

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    I use a single thread of hand quilting thread and do the ladder stitch so the stitches disappear.
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    single thread. and a ladder stitch- check out the tutorials, or u-tube videos there are lots of them showing exactly how to do nice small-invisible stitches for your bindings. i often use silk thread because i can use a 100 wt thread (which is very fine/thin but strong) or a 60 wt thread---the higher the wt number the thinner/finer the thread--as in 12 wt is like string--100wt is very fine- often we piece with 40-60wt threads.
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    I use a single thread of hand quilting thread and do the ladder stitch so the stitches disappear.
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    I do mine by machine so that doesn't come up...but when I was doing it by hand, I used a single thread.
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    I mostly machine stitch both sides. If I do hand stitch binding I prefer to use hand quilting thread. If I use 100 wt. silk I use a double strand. I also use the ladder stitch. The thread does not get caught on fingernails and the fold of the binding lays flatter into the quilt making it more durable over time.
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    I use the blind stitch and I use a single thread. Part of the point of sewing it by hand on the back, besides tradition is to make it as hard to see as possible.
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    OK, I learned something today. I have always used two strand. I'm trying one on my next quilt.

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    When I had sew my binding I use one strand of thread and very tiny stitiches. But these days I am doing more bindings by machine. They seem to hold up better on the quilts that get a lot of wear.

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    I use one and tiny stitches

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    Single strand, one tiny stitch hidden in the fold.
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    If I'm using hand-quilting thread (which I normally do) I use a single strand. If using general purpose thread, I'll double it.

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    I do the blind stitch. What is the ladder stitch? Will google it and see what I find.

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    I use a single dtrand of hand quilting thread. It's stronger than regular thread. I also use the ladder stitch. It's really fast and almost invisible

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    I use a double strand to avoid having to bury the starting point. Still working on a truly blind blind stitch.

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    Two strands of whatever - blind stitch

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    I use one strand of cotton wrapped poly thread using the ladder stitch as well. I had one binding snap on a heavy queen size quilt that I used mettler cotton 50 wt on and decided to try something stronger. The only trouble I run into on occasion is the cotton wants to bunch off of the poly and I have to tie off and start a new thread.

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