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    Question binding, single or double thread?

    What do others use. Single or double thread when hand binding? I have been using double but single hides so much better.

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    I have always used a single thread to sew bindings, I never thought to use a double thread. I do make the stitches fairly close together though. A well sewn binding can look so nice.

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    I never thought about it either but I always use double. Then I don't have to worry about the threading sliding out of the needle! Hand sewing the binding is one of my favorite things. Weird, yes.

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    I always use single - never thought about double thread. I think single works just fine - so far I've not had any problems.

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    I like to use a single strong thread. If I can find the right colour of hand quilting thread, I like to use that. I could never keep the double thread pulled up so that the two threads were even.

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    I always use single, with the stitches about 1/4" apart. It's my favorite part of making a quilt.
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    I have always used double

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    I use a single thread for my bindings. I use a smaller stitch. I have not had any issues with my bindings. I use the same stitch I use for applique. but I use regular thread not silk thread. I never thought to use a double thread as it seems to thick to sink into the fabric. JMHO. Luann in CT
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    I use single.

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    Single, small blind stitch. Totally invisible and very strong. What more could you ask for?
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    I have always use single thread and it has always worked fine.

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    I use single. Double thread seems too bulky to me. I've never had a problem with it not holding.
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    I use a single thread and hide a knot in the binding once in awhile (figuring if the thread ever breaks, there will only be 6 inches or so of mending to do).

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    I've always used single thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafterrn1 View Post
    I use a single thread for my bindings. I use a smaller stitch. I have not had any issues with my bindings. I use the same stitch I use for applique. but I use regular thread not silk thread.
    this is how I do it as well but I have used silk thread on smaller peices, like a table topper. For bedsize quilts I use a regular thread that matches the binding color.

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    I also love to bind quilts. I have always used a single thread.
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    Single for me too.
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    Single thread and very strong and fine, Bottom Line by Superior Threads.
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    Single, and make small stitches, plus short lengths to make knots along the way so if it comes out (none have so far) it would only be one piece.

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    Double....but I may try single next time.

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    I have always used double. I was taught that way by my mom. Her quilts are still in use, so I figured she knew what she was talking about. I also like that I don't have to worry about the thread pulling out as with single thread. small careful stiches hide well, and hand sewing is relaxing.

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    I use single and have never had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    I always use single, with the stitches about 1/4" apart. It's my favorite part of making a quilt.
    Me, too. I use double thread for lots of other things (mending, for example) but single for sewing my binding down. I make my stitches close together, too. And it also is my very favorite part of making a quilt! We're twins... LOL!
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    I use a single thread for my binding, and have not had a problem with it.

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    I use double and I thread the needle double so when I start I can go through my loop on the first stitch and don't have a knot.

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