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hand piecing as strong as machine piecing?

Old 03-25-2011, 12:22 PM
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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:
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:26 PM
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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.

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:28 PM
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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.
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It is true...........you gave me a good laugh with the dare!

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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.
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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.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:56 PM
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To be honest I don't think so, unless you do a lot of backstitching.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:58 PM
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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.
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I believe the sewing machine will provide a stronger lock stitch than hand work.
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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.
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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.
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