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Thread: Hand quilting - how to finish

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    I have been handquilting for a very long time, so this is sort of a silly question to ask NOW. I was quilting last night and thought to myself if I should actually be finishing off a different way. Typically, I just make a knot & pop it through the middle of the batting to bury it, but wonder if I need to be doing some other sort of lock stitch first? :shock:

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    Thats how I was taught. Is there another way, curious?

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    That's how I've been doing it for years!

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    I have handquilted 2 or 3 quilts, and that is the way I finish off. Just pull it through. I've never seen any other way, except maybe backstitch once before pulling it through.

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    p.s. pull the knot through

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    That's how I've been doing it for years!
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Guess I started thinking and my mind started to run away. Started to freak out a bit thinking that I'm not doing something I should be since I'm self-taught. So far, so good! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny
    I have handquilted 2 or 3 quilts, and that is the way I finish off. Just pull it through. I've never seen any other way, except maybe backstitch once before pulling it through.
    I backstitch first, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Quote Originally Posted by barny
    I have handquilted 2 or 3 quilts, and that is the way I finish off. Just pull it through. I've never seen any other way, except maybe backstitch once before pulling it through.
    I backstitch first, also.
    So I'm guessing you backstitch first at the end of your line, then knot and pull through, correct?

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    Yes, I just float the needle about an inch or so away, wiggling it through the batting along the way, then make a knot and pop it in. I did recently learn to leave about an inch of a tail after the knot, then use the needle to tuck it inside, because over time the tail will knot up in the batting and add extra security, so I've started doing that.

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    Good idea!

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    I also backstitch first before burying the knot!

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    Another knot popper here. I also leave a bit of a tail as extra security.

    I don't usually do a little backstitch at the end but will occasionally at the beginning if I feel that knot is a thread to pop through.Usually they are buried well enough, but every so often I know one is near the surface and a small backstitch will prevent it coming out.

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    I just pop the knot making sure it is down in the batting. I've never heard of one coming out.

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    i do it the same as OP

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    FWIW, I do the same. I have also seen a backstitch, but I usually don't leave myself enough room to do that!


    I had the thread break during a "pop" and now I can't get the knot under the top. Is there anything I can do besides take out stitches?

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    I've had that happen....I use a little tool that I bought for doing bobbin lace, but it's perfect for this. It's like an extremely fine crochet hook. I can slide it in and grab just before the knot and pull it through that way.

    I've also seen where you can use a piece of thread....you thread both ends of a separate piece of thread (sewing thread will do and is easier to thread through than quilting thread) and thread both ends of the separate thread through the needle eye, so you have a loop.

    Put your needle through where you want the knot to go in, then grab the knot with the loop and pop it through. The needle eye may make the hole a little bigger, which should make the knot go through more easily, and you can just rub your fingernail over the hole to close it up.

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    That's what I do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDid
    Put your needle through where you want the knot to go in, then grab the knot with the loop and pop it through. The needle eye may make the hole a little bigger, which should make the knot go through more easily, and you can just rub your fingernail over the hole to close it up.
    Brilliant!!!!! Thank you! I didn't want to have to tear out the stitches and try another knot! I'll give this a whirl!

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    You're welcome!

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    I don't know if you do this already, but if you lightly rub your finger or thumbnail on the knot while you're popping through, it's a lot less likely to break because it helps slide the threads around a little to make room for it.

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    <--- is also a knot-popper...

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    What you are doing is what I have always done. I have probably handquilted hundreds of items from kingsize quilts to things as small as pockets. I have never had a problem with it coming out.

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    I did this last night, and it works!! I had a little trouble getting the knot in the loop, but that's probably because I don't have longer fingernails (or a handy tweezer!)
    I pulled it through to the back, but beggars can't be choosers!!!
    Thanks so much!
    Quote Originally Posted by SueDid
    Put your needle through where you want the knot to go in, then grab the knot with the loop and pop it through. The needle eye may make the hole a little bigger, which should make the knot go through more easily, and you can just rub your fingernl over the hole to close it up.

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    I've watched quilters knot off but the way I finish is to thread through 4-5 times between batting going back & forth

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