Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 49

Thread: hand piecing as strong as machine piecing?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    763
    Anybody know if hand piecing is a strong as machine piecing?? I wonder if the bobbin thread makes any difference.

    Inquiring minds would like to know. :roll:

  2. #2
    Senior Member Hinterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    943
    It probably isn't as strong as machine piecing. However, I have a quilt on my bed with hand pieced blocks. It's now over 10 years old, and the stitching has held up just fine.

    Janet

  3. #3
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,169
    Blog Entries
    1
    I think it depends on the stitch. I have done some piecing (way back in the day) where I used double thread and a backstitch. I would have double-dog dared anyone to rip that.

  4. #4
    Super Member BeeNana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    behind the sewing needle
    Posts
    3,311
    Blog Entries
    1
    It is true...........you gave me a good laugh with the dare!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I think it depends on the stitch. I have done some piecing (way back in the day) where I used double thread and a backstitch. I would have double-dog dared anyone to rip that.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    293
    My first quilt (over 30 years ago) was hand pieced, and it's in great shape after many years of regular use! The fabric has worn in a few areas, but the piecing has held up. I used a single thread and a backstitch every four or five stitches.

  6. #6
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,462
    To be honest I don't think so, unless you do a lot of backstitching.

  7. #7
    Super Member Scrap Happy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    6,423
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I think it depends on the stitch. I have done some piecing (way back in the day) where I used double thread and a backstitch. I would have double-dog dared anyone to rip that.
    I used to hand piece my quilts this way too.

  8. #8
    Senior Member Rose Cactus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Marshall, N.C.
    Posts
    606
    Blog Entries
    1
    I believe the sewing machine will provide a stronger lock stitch than hand work.

  9. #9
    Senior Member QuiltMania's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Posts
    826
    Depends on how you end your seams. If you tie a good strong knot, it should be fine. After all, there are a lot of antique textiles out there where the stitching is holding up just fine.

  10. #10
    Senior Member emmah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Groton, NY
    Posts
    413
    I have a bunch of antique quilts, and it usually is the fabric that goes, not the thread that stitched the pieces together. Usually it is because of a very narrow seam allowance that some old- time quilters used. The fabric started to unravel. But the threads are still intact.

  11. #11
    Super Member bjnicholson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Cleveland OH
    Posts
    3,236
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm making a Grandmother's Flower Garden piecing by hand and I sure hope my seams hold!

  12. #12
    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    763
    So would you recommend using single thread or doubling it? I'm DYING to hand-piece something ever since I got Jinny Beyer's handquilting book. Been carrying the thing around with me everywhere, it's SUCH an awesome book!

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    293
    If I remember correctly, Jinny recommends a single strand of thread, and that's what my teacher recommended, as well.

  14. #14
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,497
    Blog Entries
    43
    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    It probably isn't as strong as machine piecing. However, I have a quilt on my bed with hand pieced blocks. It's now over 10 years old, and the stitching has held up just fine.

    Janet
    ditto

  15. #15
    Super Member LivelyLady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Western MA
    Posts
    2,680
    I would say yes as hand pieced antique quilts are still holding together :-)

  16. #16
    Senior Member quilter1943's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Edgewater, FL
    Posts
    925
    I have some quilts my great grandmother made, all hand stitched and hand quilted and they're in great shape. I've laundered them carefully and have used a couple of them some. The back stitching is important and super little stitches.

  17. #17
    Senior Member Hinterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    943
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    So would you recommend using single thread or doubling it?
    I use a single strand of cotton thread, and sometimes poly-cotton if that's what I have on hand. I don't double it.

    Janet

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,576
    I would say yes, but depending on how your hand stitching it.

  19. #19
    Super Member k9dancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Mena, Arkansas
    Posts
    1,355
    Blog Entries
    2
    I pieced a couple of quilts by hand. I think I used single strand on one, double on another. I back stitched every stitch. Still holding up.
    For hand quilting I use a single strand.
    I do mostly machine piecing and machine quilting. That said, you cannot beat hand work for portability.

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Antlers Oklahoma
    Posts
    1,668
    Blog Entries
    1
    Well all I can answer to this is to go by my quiits. I have a quilt of my mothers,hand pieced and handquilted, made in the thirties or fourties,used on the beds,kids played with and on it. washed many times,only now wearing out. The earliest one I made and still have access to is one I made my DGD when she was less than a year old and she has used it constantly since then and is still using it.She is 20 this year.

  21. #21
    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    763
    I'd guess that it would also depend on the quality of the handstitching, too. If your stitch is closer I'd guess it'd hold up a lot more than if you have long stitches.

  22. #22
    Super Member quilt3311's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    1,867
    When I hand piece, I use a single thread and back stitch every 3 or 4 stitches. Do a double knot beginning and ending each seam. Have old quilts that were all hand done and some are well worn with the stitching intact. Some of the fabrics are fraying, but the stitching is in place.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    NW Ohio
    Posts
    471
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have some quilts I made over 25 years ago that still look pretty darned good. To this day, I still do all my piecing by hand, with a back stitch every inch or so. I do the hand piecing for 2 reasons. First, I find it very relaxing, but just as importantly, it is always portable, whereas the sewing machine is not so much. Just depends on your preference, I guess.
    nanac

  24. #24
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Spamtown
    Posts
    195
    My Mom hand pieced and hand quilted all her quilts and some are over 50 years old and the seams are still in tac it's the fabric that gives out.

  25. #25
    Super Member mommafank's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Grew up in WV but retired in Between, GA
    Posts
    1,046
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have 2 quilts that are at least 60 years old----fabric wearing but not the hand piecing. I would have thought the thread might have deteriorated but it has not.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.