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Thread: "Big Stitch" or "Utility Stitch" technique

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    "Big Stitch" or "Utility Stitch" technique

    I am going to be doing this on a quilt soon and would like to know how to start/stop the stitches...do we have a knot on the back (ugh) or bury the stitches some way? I wonder with the larger thread used if it is possible to pop a knot through the top layer in order to bury it the traditional way?
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    It will be more difficult to pop the knot into the sandwich but I think I would still try. Instead of just pulling and taking the chance of breaking the thread in the fabric, I would pull the knot to where I wanted to pop it through and then back it off a little. I would then take a pin and carefully push the threads of the fabric aside enough to pop the knot through. Once the knot is buried I would coax the threads of the fabric back to close the hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It will be more difficult to pop the knot into the sandwich but I think I would still try. Instead of just pulling and taking the chance of breaking the thread in the fabric, I would pull the knot to where I wanted to pop it through and then back it off a little. I would then take a pin and carefully push the threads of the fabric aside enough to pop the knot through. Once the knot is buried I would coax the threads of the fabric back to close the hole.
    Great suggestion Tartan, I will remember this in the future.

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    I did a'Big Stitch' quilting. I used Pearle Cotton #8. It is a little tricky to bury the knot, but in one of the links (don't remember which one) helps explain how to bury it.

    http://chasingcottons.blogspot.com/2...-quilting.html
    http://mollyflanders.blogspot.com/20...-tutorial.html
    http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com/2011/08/yikes.html

    I also took only couple of stitches at a time and used a quilting hoop.
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    I love doing the big stitch utility quilting...also have used #8 pearl cotton, and a chenille needle...I think size 24...and I was able to bury the knot as in traditional quilting (the eye of the needle is larger, so allows for the thread to pop through the hole)

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    so much good advice here. makes me want to try the technique
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    I use big stitch quilting often....using a quilting between #3 or #5 (Richard Hemming) needle with perle cotton (balls) in size 8, or Sulky cotton 12 weight thread, or I even use size 10 crochet thread....and I always bury the knot the 'usual' way. BUT, I tug the thread one direction while 'popping' the knot with my thumbnail in the other direction and that helps it pop thru the layers.

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    Oh my goodness, I like that! It is something I'd like to try sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

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    I also like the Big Stiching and with my hands not being as limber as they once was it will be perfect
    for me plus I love how this kind of quilting Pops.Thank you Grammy Dwynn for those links and showing us your
    Beautiful quilt!
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    Thank you for all of the great advice. I am wanting to use this on a few quilts also.

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    I made a very scrappy quilt and did the utility stitch with crochet thread --don't remember the number. I was able to bury the thread but it did take a bit of tugging. For the type of quilt that it was, the stitching really added to the design. Go for it....it will look great!!

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    Does anyone know if you can use the embroidery thread to do the big Stitching with, I thought that someone on here said that they used it and it worked, I'm fixing to start on a quilt top tonight and use it if it well work.
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    Pickles,
    On the previous page I wrote: "I use big stitch quilting often....using .........perle cotton (balls) in size 8, or Sulky cotton 12 weight thread, (both of which are used in embroidery)......"

    Is this what you mean by "embroidery thread???
    Or are you speaking of embroidery floss in the little skeins? Yes you can use that; I prefer the perle cotton in the little round balls because it doesn't split into one or more thin threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Pickles,
    On the previous page I wrote: "I use big stitch quilting often....using .........perle cotton (balls) in size 8, or Sulky cotton 12 weight thread, (both of which are used in embroidery)......"

    Is this what you mean by "embroidery thread???
    Or are you speaking of embroidery floss in the little skeins? Yes you can use that; I prefer the perle cotton in the little round balls because it doesn't split into one or more thin threads.

    Jan in VA
    Yes I was talking about the embroidery Floss in the small skeins. I had sent my DH. to town today to get me the
    Perle cooton balls but they didn't have the color I told him to get so he just got me about 10 little skiens, and since I had not used those before I figured someone could tell me if it would work as good to use it, I really wanted to start this quilt tonight to give me something to do as I don't sleep nights at all.
    Thank you for answering my Question Jan
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