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    Please advise - when sewing binding to the back of the quilt after machine stitching it to the front, do you use double or single thread? This is on a baby quilt that I'm sure will get much use. Thanks

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    I always use single, but take lots of small stitches. I dont see why double thread wouldnt be just fine too

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    i might use double thread for this. I normally use a single thread. You could use hand quilting thread or a heavier thread if you have it.

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    single thread, taking very small stitches.

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    I use doubled thread and very small stitches!

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    If it is going to be used and washed often, I use double thread. If it is going to be used lightly then one thread will do.

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    I use a single strand of hand quilting thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    I use a single strand of hand quilting thread.
    me too

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinjosie
    Please advise - when sewing binding to the back of the quilt after machine stitching it to the front, do you use double or single thread? This is on a baby quilt that I'm sure will get much use. Thanks
    For a baby quilt getting much use I would stitch it to the back and roll it to the front and machine stitch it. That way you don't have to worry about it coming unstitched or the baby getting caught in hand stitches. I never do any hand stitching on baby things, unless it is to be an heirloom never to be used.

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    I use a single strand of hand quilting thread and take very small stitches just like you would with hand applique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I use a single strand of hand quilting thread and take very small stitches just like you would with hand applique.
    Ditto! That's exactly how I do it. I find that the hand-quilting thread is stronger and holds up better.

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    I always use double thread for hand binding, which is a specialty of mine.

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    I use hand quilting thread for bindings.

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    I always use a single strand and it's held up fine in all of the baby quilts I've made so far. The two oldest are 10 and 11 and their baby quilts are still in great shape and they drag them around and still use them as lap quilts now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinjosie
    Please advise - when sewing binding to the back of the quilt after machine stitching it to the front, do you use double or single thread? This is on a baby quilt that I'm sure will get much use. Thanks
    I always use a single thread. But make it the heaviest thread you have and use small stitches.

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    I use double of the same thread I use for everything else....seems to work well for me.

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    I use double when handstitching a binding. Seems to work well for me.

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    Me too, and every six or seven inches, I knot the thread. I don't start again, just a knot to secure the stitches, so if it pulls out along the way...it won't pull out too far.

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    For a baby quilt or charity quilt I will use a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. It can hold up to the washing better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    I use a single strand of hand quilting thread.
    me too
    Ditto here......and TINY stitches.

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    I use single thread of my piecing thread. I have several old quilts that I pieced out of scraps and use for cat beds covering my furniture. I have washed them a lot and so far the binding has stayed intact. One I made in 2003 and it is starting to look faded and used but the binding is still good.

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    I use single, but that is just because its easier for me to sew with it and make smaller stitches, but double would be fine I would think.

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    I've used both depending on the weight of the fabric. On a flannel quilt I made recently, I used a double strand of cotton quilting thread. Yet, on a soft Moda fabric quilt, I used a single strand of the same. Either way, with very small stitches spaced evenly. So I guess it's a toss up.

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    I use single strand quilting thread and take a double stitch every four or five stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by cinjosie
    Please advise - when sewing binding to the back of the quilt after machine stitching it to the front, do you use double or single thread? This is on a baby quilt that I'm sure will get much use. Thanks
    For a baby quilt getting much use I would stitch it to the back and roll it to the front and machine stitch it. That way you don't have to worry about it coming unstitched or the baby getting caught in hand stitches. I never do any hand stitching on baby things, unless it is to be an heirloom never to be used.
    That is my way as well--I like knowing they are durable and easy to care for.

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