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    Can I do this? Will it make SID easier? I am working on my quilt and it really seems to to slow me down to get the quilt that I've squished in just right out of the machine to snip the thread after every line. I don't have long, unbroken lines to quilt, as my blocks are a little wonky. Am I making sense? I'm thinking if I brought the bobbin thread through to the top somehow after a line of quilting, I could snip the top and bobbin thread and just kind of shift to a new position.

    OR...perhaps there is an entirely different and better way to do this! I don't know how to do a search for my issue!

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    It's standard operating procedure to bring the bobbin thread to the top when you start a line of quilting.

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    You do this on longarm machines, but I have never tried it on a domestic machine.

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    This works on any type of machine just be sure to lock off the stitches. Some people leave a 5" or 6" tail anafter the quilting is done they go back with a hand needle and knot and tuck the thread back into the quilt. Lots of work but gives a nice finish and you know the threads are secured.

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    I would absolutely bring the bobbin thread up. Every time I've been lazy....I've regretted it as it's gotten caught up in the stitching or I had a big glob of thread.

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    I do this on the longarm and my domestic. This will prevent you from getting knots on the back of your work.

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    I should have asked...How do I make the bobbin thread come up to the top?

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    I usually just leave the thread connected from one line to the next, then trim them all after a quilting session. I do need to plan things out so that I'm not crossing any untrimmed thread, so it isn't always the best way to go.

    To bring the bobbin thread up, just manually put the needle through the fabric once, then gently pull on the top thread. The bobbin thread will come up through the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    This works on any type of machine just be sure to lock off the stitches. Some people leave a 5" or 6" tail anafter the quilting is done they go back with a hand needle and knot and tuck the thread back into the quilt. Lots of work but gives a nice finish and you know the threads are secured.
    This is what I do...bit time consuming but worth it. If you don't bring the thread to the top it can get really messy on the back.

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    Thank you, Mattee!! I knew it had to be something simple I was missing.

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    i do it always no matter what machine i am using, and what purpose i am using it for, does not matter if i am quilting or hemming a pair of pants...needle down/ needle up; bring that bobbin thread to the top. that way you can hang on to both threads when you start. no 'nests' on the back, and easy to clip both threads.

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    Aha!! I will adopt this practice also! I want to do good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    This works on any type of machine just be sure to lock off the stitches. Some people leave a 5" or 6" tail anafter the quilting is done they go back with a hand needle and knot and tuck the thread back into the quilt. Lots of work but gives a nice finish and you know the threads are secured.
    I can see you bringing the bobbin thread to the top just to get it out of the way, but when finishing the quilt, I would bring both threads to the bottom, knot it and bury about 2" inside the quilt. If I'm putting hard work into the quilt, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure the thread ends are secure, just as the ube quilter says. :)

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    Thanks Quilter7x. There is so much to consider. So, you "lock in" the stitches (back and forth a couple) and also knot and bury the thread. I want to do it right but UGH I think I'm regretting the SID on this particular quilt. Oh, well!

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    What I do is put the needle down and then up. Raise the presser food and then grab that needle thread and pull gently. Then a little loop will peek out from the bottom. I use my seam ripper to gently pull that loop which is the bobbin thread. Once it's up I put my fabric back under the presser foot in the correct place, lower the foot, and then sew while holding the threads (to make sure they don't get caught in the sewing. I use a stitch length of zero and slowly raise it until it's the normal length and at the end, slowly lower it back to zero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    I usually just leave the thread connected from one line to the next, then trim them all after a quilting session. I do need to plan things out so that I'm not crossing any untrimmed thread, so it isn't always the best way to go.

    To bring the bobbin thread up, just manually put the needle through the fabric once, then gently pull on the top thread. The bobbin thread will come up through the fabric.
    Yes, if the distance is not too great, I do that, too.
    Never thought of bring bobbin thread up at the END of the line, always do it to start.

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