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    Does your machine bite?

    Do y'all use a Bob (starter) when piecing? I'm so in the habit that I don't even know if my machine would eat the fabric or not. So does your machine bite? What do you call your starters?

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    leaders and enders
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    Only when it is hungry does it take a bite. I have to remember to use a Bob - good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonedox View Post
    Do y'all use a Bob (starter) when piecing? I'm so in the habit that I don't even know if my machine would eat the fabric or not. So does your machine bite? What do you call your starters?
    only if I put my finger the needle

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    Mine can bite if I'm not paying attention where I stopped it but I use leaders and enders for two other reasons: I will eventually get a quilt out of them and I also find that using them saves me lots of thread that I would otherwise pull, cut and throw away. I like watching my pile of leader and ender pieces growing while I'm sewing something else!

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    I call mine a spider when I use one. On triangles I usually just start sewing 1/4 inch from the start and backstitch to the edge and then continue.

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    no my machine doesn't eat fabric so I don't use leaders
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    Nope, mine doesn't bite, so no need for leaders, enders.
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    I do not understand how you get a quilt from your leaders and enders. I have lots of little pieces. Just trim off 1/8" and keep sewing a line 1/4" from the edge until it is too small and it goes in the doggie bag with the rest of its pieces.

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    I use a scrap piece of fabric too. If I get cocky and try to start a seam without it, my machine always knocks me down a peg! It's pretty much a habit for me too
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    i call them leaders and enders, my machine doesn't usually bite
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17 View Post
    I do not understand how you get a quilt from your leaders and enders. I have lots of little pieces. Just trim off 1/8" and keep sewing a line 1/4" from the edge until it is too small and it goes in the doggie bag with the rest of its pieces.
    Instead of just sewing onto and off of a scrap for leaders/enders, you would actually be piecing scraps or patches together. Bonnie Hunter has a system for doing this Oof course!), but I have not tried it yet. And I don't trim my leader/ender pieces, just keep sewing over them till they're so full of thread they're too thick and toss them. I mostly use them to conserve thread, my newer machine only "bites" if it's in a bad mood!
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    My straight stitch plate hasn't eaten anything yet, but.....
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    I call that tiny piece of fabric a starter. I was taught to use one when I started quilting 3 years ago, but I rarely use one. My machine doesn't usually fuss.

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    that used to happen with my Singer but not so much with my Janome. I have a plate on that came with the machine and so far, so good. The singer had two plates. one for straight stitching and another for zig zag or more.

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    my machine usually behaves, so I don't use the leaders & enders idea, but want to, to help work on a scrap quilt for someday
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    Most of my machines don't 'bite', but I use a leader and ender to save thread.
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    We call leaders etc, pigs.
    I have a selection of machines and don't use them I prefer to just hold ends as I start.
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    my Brother doesn't bite but I use starters and enders to save thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17 View Post
    I do not understand how you get a quilt from your leaders and enders. I have lots of little pieces. Just trim off 1/8" and keep sewing a line 1/4" from the edge until it is too small and it goes in the doggie bag with the rest of its pieces.
    I am sewing two scrap blocks together as leaders/enders. The smallest scrap I keep in my "food chain" is 2" blocks. Anything smaller than that gets used as stuffing or is tossed. I always cut as many 2" squares from my scraps as possible. I keep them all mixed together in a drawer next to my sewing machine. I just grab two random pieces at a time to sew together. 2" blocks are the perfect size for leaders/enders and I really do save a lot of thread by using them. After they are sewn together and clipped off of my chained pieces I just throw them into a bin to be pressed and sewn together later. It will probably take forever and a day to get a quilt out of them, but little by little they are adding up quickly!

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    I posted pictures of my leader & ender sewing setup in "Pictures" under "Mission Organization" so maybe my description will make more sense!

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    I think using them helps me conserve a lot on thread!

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    I rarely start a new seam - I plan my piecing so that I have something ready to go under the presser foot at all times so my blocks are my leaders and enders. My 301 doesn't eat fabric, but I sew like this to cut down on thread tails. The quilt back is so much neater.

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    My machine bites sometimes. I use a leader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    no my machine doesn't eat fabric so I don't use leaders
    I'm with Dolphyngyrl. No leaders and enders needed with my Brother machines. Also the thread cutting feature wastes very little thread. I don't have to pull a tail up before I start sewing.

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