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    Hand Quilting

    A while back someone posted that a right handed person should use the thread end first off the spool or the last end of the spool, so the thread will not tangle. Can't find the post and can't remember what was said. Hope someone can help me.

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    I didn't see the last thread on this but I have always heard that you should pull your thread off of the spool and cut it and thread that end into your needle and knot the other end. Have always done it this way and no problems. Hope this helps you.

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    Interesting thing about this advice. I have asked two expertd this question and both have said it doesn't make any difference. One was the owner of YLI and the other was the top technician at Metler Thread Factory in Germany.
    Both have said the twist is the same either way snd it doesn't make any difference.

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    i thread the end that comes off the spool first thru the needle and then cut the length of thread desired. That's always the way I've done it....
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    i thread the end that comes off the spool first thru the needle and then cut the length of thread desired. That's always the way I've done it....
    This is how I do it also.

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    the key to your threads not tangling is only using 18" or less lengths---some people pull off a yard of thread- not wanting to re-thread---then spend more time untangling than it would have taken to just re-thread when needed a few times- if you don't want to stop & re-thread numerous times at one sitting you could always start with threading a number of needles & have them handy- when you run out of threaded needles it is probably time for a break anyway.
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    I have always heard that too, but couldn't figure out why it would make a difference. As Holice said, the twist is the same. I found out as ckcowl, that the length of your thread makes more difference than anything. You really don't save anything by trying to use a longer thread. It frays and breaks after a point. when I hand sew my bindings i thread several needles at a time so i can keep right on sewing.

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