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Thread: Do you tie your threads at the end of a seam when piecing?

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    This is probably a silly question, but being a novice, I would like to know..I have been tying mine at the end of each seam, sure slows my work down, but it does make it secure.

    I am making my first pieced quilt...the Disappearing nice patch. I have three blocks done so far.... Hugs, Dee

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    are you sewing by hand? I don't. I sew by machine and often chain piece my work. Therefore, I don't tie each end. As they get sewn into the next part, the new stitches will serve to lock the earlier stitches. Did that make sense?

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    Chain stitch by machine. When I do hand stitch I back stitch-no knots or tied threads.

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    I am sewing on a machine....okay, when you chain stitch, do you pull out the machine threads to leave an inch or so of threads between the chains?

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    Okay...thank you so much.

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    NO, not at all. you simply sew sew sew, leaving barely any thread. Then you cut them apart with virtually no other trimming needed. it's fast and thread-efficient. there is also a handy gadget that holds a seam ripper upright and you simply hold the chain, cutting between each with this gadget. I don't use it all the time, but when I do, i think--well worth the 8 bucks it cost! and, you're welcome. 8^))

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    when you put them together with other pieces you usually end up sewing across that seam so it locks it in. I will backstitch when adding boarders or if the piece is going to be on the outside so that nothing comes apart when I'm layering and quilting.

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    What is the name of this gadget? Thanks for all the info.

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    I think it is important to note that the stitch length for quilt piecing is very small. That also helps with the pieces not coming apart. My Janome is set at 2.2 stitch length and unless there is a good reason to change it, that's where it stays!

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    if machine piecing you do not have to worry about it. if hand piecing, then yes...tie your knots

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    I forgot that part...I keep my stitch length small also; it's 2.0 on my Pfaff

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    I started using a 2.0 stitch length because sometimes when I press where there are cross seams, they would start to come apart. Once you get it all pieced, sandwiched and quilted, it should be pretty secure. If I remember to, I backstitch on outer blocks and I try to on borders too.

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    Yes, I tie all my threads. Drives my daughters crazy as they help me tie them sometimes. :)

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    No, I don't tie my threads. I can't even imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGinMcKinney
    Chain stitch by machine. When I do hand stitch I back stitch-no knots or tied threads.

    This is the methods that I use. When sewing Y type seams you do not sew clear to the edge of the fabric but stop at the 1/4 inch point. There are some areas on the back of your quilt top where seams join. If you unstitch a few stitches you then can make the intersection of fabric lay much flatter. There are several threads regarding this topic available.

    Pam M

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    If sewing by hand, I take a sm backstitch. By machine, no, the piecing of cross seams will secure the seam.

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    no way i would tie all my threads just the thought of it makes me laugh or cry not sure which

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    Thank you Nancy...I love your pink/black quilt icon!

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    Thanks Peg..I appreciate your input. Hugs, Dee

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    Thanks, I tried the chain stitching today and it sure does make things go faster. Hugs, Dee

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    Thanks Jody...I appreciate your input. Hugs, dee

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    Thanks so much...Hugs, Dee

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    Thanks a bunch Gale...Hugs, Dee

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    I was tying all my threads, but now with the smaller machine stitch and then when you cross over ...it looks very secure to me. Thanks for your input. Hugs, dee

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    Thanks a bunch Pam... :)

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