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Old 06-28-2012, 04:05 PM
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I have just received my nolting funquilter and would like to know how you quilt your quilt using several different colors of thread. Do you go through the quilt and do all one color and then rewind it and do the next or change thread as you go?
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:19 PM
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If I need to use more than two or three colors, I try to find a variegated thread that matches fairly close. I use what ever blends in on the back. That's probably not what you want to hear, but it's what I do.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:25 PM
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It's not that difficutlt to change threads if that is what you need for your quilt
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:43 PM
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I change thread as I need to. Rolling back and forth can be done but you run a risk of putting a wrinkle in the backing fabric.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
I change thread as I need to. Rolling back and forth can be done but you run a risk of putting a wrinkle in the backing fabric.
Agree. I just change threads within the section of the quilt being worked upon, unless one particular thread will be used heavily throughout the quilt. Then I will use that one first, all over, since it will uniformly stabilize the quilt sandwich for me. Then I'll go back and use the other threads, one area at a time. HTH
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:22 AM
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You'll get used to changing thread colors. It gets easier as you become proficient. I cut the thread near the spool (any convenient place), tie on the new color, then pull it through all the tensioners and rethread the needle. I save all the yard-long threads for hand work.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:39 AM
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I just change threads. Just be aware that different threads can mean different tensions.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:09 AM
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I change the threads within the section I'm quilting on.

It'll come easier as you change the thread...just like practicing.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:28 AM
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I also do as the other girls suggest, change in each section as I quilt. Rolling back and forward is a lot more work than changing your thread as your go, plus you run the risk of big creases in the back. Most of the time I try to find a variegated that will work throughout the quilt.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:40 PM
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I just change thread a I go along. It is not difficult at all!
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