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Old 12-19-2006, 01:59 PM
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I have sewn my own clothes for many years. I just started quilting and am having a hard time with not backtacking. By the time I finished some of my blocks the stitches were already starting to pull apart at the edges. Is backtacking ok if it is not too heavy?

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Old 12-19-2006, 05:15 PM
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Donna,
Yes, you can backtack or lockstitch at the beginning of your stitching row. You can also reduce the number of stitches to approx. 12/inch for the first few stitches and then return to your regular number. This should help. Suzanne
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Old 12-19-2006, 06:07 PM
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You did not say if you were machine sewing or hand sewing. If you are hand sewing I would say backtrack or tie a very little knock at the start and end of your thread not just in your thread but in the cloth it's self. I hope that makes since.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:41 AM
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Thank goodness, y'all said okay to backtacking. I always do just a few stitches at the beginning and end of each seam. I just couldn't stand the pieces pulling apart. I always felt guilty, but not any more!
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