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Thread: Do you cut your thread longer than 18" when sewing on your bindings?

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    Do you cut your thread longer than 18" when sewing on your bindings?

    Of course I have a lot of tangling as I cut mine much longer.

    Found this video and was so intrigued to learn from it, but the video did not finish.

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433302_pr...-quilting.html

    Do any of you know the method, or have success in some other way with cutting a longer length of thread?

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    I use Thread Heavan - a thread conditioner.
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    I cut my thread about 3 feet and run it over some beeswax.
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    It doesn't matter what kind of thread I use, how long or short I cut it, it ALWAYS tangles... grrrrr!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
    I use Thread Heavan - a thread conditioner.
    Me, too! I cut looong lengths and Thread Heaven works wonders!
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    I was taught to always thread the needle prior to cutting the thread from the spool. This keeps it from tangling. Seems to work for me and yes, I do cut my thread longer than 18" when doing binding. Be sure to more your needle eye to a different place in the thread often. Sometimes, I have had the thread break and it's because the needle has sawed through the thread when I left in one place.

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    I always cut my binding thread longer than 18"...more like 45" (yes, really). I thread the beginning end and knot the just cut end, frequently rotate the needle between my thumb and forefinger counter to the direction the thread is twisting, and move the needle down the thread every few inches to prevent it wearing through. The result is no tangles, no knots, no fuss...with no thread slicker added. It's worked for me for decades, don't plan to change anything now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    Of course I have a lot of tangling as I cut mine much longer.

    Found this video and was so intrigued to learn from it, but the video did not finish.

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433302_pr...-quilting.html

    Do any of you know the method, or have success in some other way with cutting a longer length of thread?

    pull your thread thru a sheet of fabric softener and you and easily use a thread longer than 36" (who makes these stupid rules anyway?)
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    as long as I can spread my arms apart, and use beeswax. cheap and effective for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
    I use Thread Heavan - a thread conditioner.
    This is what I use also. I have very little trouble and if I do get a knot it comes out easily.

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    I cut mine about 3-4 feet. Beeswax does the trick for me for preventing numberous thread tangles. I still get a few but not as many as before when I use the beeswax.

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    I cut all thread the length of my fingers tips to my inner elbow and then thread 6-10 needles. I find I work faster with the shorter threads and there is no tangling. It is even faster if a DD or DH keeps on threading needles as you empty them - but that does not always happen.

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    I use about a 3 foot length and run it thru Thread Heaven.

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