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    Old 09-29-2010, 10:52 AM
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    I have completed my top in flannel. It has been sandwiched with
    Warm & Natural & backed with flannel. Both top & backing were pre-washed.

    Now, where do I begin? Do I use clear thread to SID?
    Do I use cotton thread, or? Do I use same for top & bobbin threads?
    I plan to practice on a sample sandwich, but do not know what to use.
    Any help will be appreciated.
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    Old 09-29-2010, 10:57 AM
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    It is up to you whether you want to use clear thread or not. You can use clear on top and colored in the bobbin, just match it to your backing. You can use the same or different colors as your top and bobbin. but just be sure they are the same type and quality of thraad.

    If you save the sandwiches, go back and add a piece of the teflon fabric to one side using a large stipple, then bind it leaving a loop in one corner. Voila, instant potholder.
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    Old 09-29-2010, 10:58 AM
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    I would use the same type of thread (just an example only brand i can think of) like cloaks and clark you can use different thread but found that if you mix brands you can have issues with breakage and nest. I have not used clear thread heard it is hard to work with. For SID it is always best to start in the middle of your quilt this will help prevent puckers. Pin really well and you should have no problems.
    (all this is info I received from the group from time to time I feel like an expert now!!) Remeber we are here for you if you get stuck take pics and someone will get you through it. Hope this helps. And welcome to our group!! Jade
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    Old 09-29-2010, 11:01 AM
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    If the quilt is for a child it is best not to use monofilimant thread. It is very hard to see and clip the thread tails and a child could get one wrapped around his/her finger and cause problems.
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    Old 09-29-2010, 11:30 AM
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    I would use 100% cotten quilting thread.
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    Old 09-29-2010, 11:34 AM
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    It is easier all the way around to use matching thread in the top and bottom. But that doesn't mean that you can't use different colors, you ust might have to adjust your tension a bit :wink:

    Just a suggestion, try using a very narrow zigzag stitch...narrow enough that it just barely wobbles back and forth. It is a very forgiving stitch, so if you go in and out of the ditch, it is not as noticeable :D

    Also, lengthen your stitch just a bit, it doesn't need to be as short as for piecing :D

    Most of all? have fun :D:D:D
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    What amma said!

    I stopped using invisible thread a while ago and switched to a variegated cotton thread for most projects. I like to see my quilting now - even if it isn't perfect.
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    Old 09-29-2010, 02:20 PM
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    I use clear thread on the top only and have found that it is not difficult to work with if you go slow and feed the spool upright. the clear thread gives you the quilted look but you can not see the stitching. I either use same color thread as backing on bottom or if I want the SID design to add design on the back then I use neutral or other contfrasting thread.
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    Old 09-29-2010, 02:57 PM
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    I use different threads, depends on what colors I'm working with, some monofiliment, some quilting thread, some regular thread, just depends. When I found a the perfect tension I marked with a marker and make sure I have it on the mark. This machine I only use for quiltingInstead of stitching in the ditch, I usually stitch about 1/4" from the ditch and I like the looks, too hard for me to stay in the ditch. I usually FMQ my quilts with larger stiples.
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