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Thread: Needed: Thread Advice For Machine Quilting

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    Senior Member stitchengramie's Avatar
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    Needed: Thread Advice For Machine Quilting

    I am going to attempt to machine quilt a quilt on my home sewing machine. I want to use the same colors of thread to match the fabric in the quilt. I just do not know how to change the thread to a different color while I am quilting. I will be using white thread for the bobbin. I hope this makes sense to everyone who reads this post. I just did not know how to word it right.
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    Sorry - not too sure what you're trying to do.

    Usually when you want to change the thread, you tie off by doing a few very small stitches in the same same place and then pull the bobbin thread through (for burying later). Then you would re-thread your machine with a new colour and restart. This is best done in the seam if possible.

    Is this what you're trying to do?
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    Do you mean you want to change the thread color for different fabrics on your quilt as you are quilting? I've done that before. I just pull up the bobbin thread, take several small stitches and go. You may need to adjust your tension if much of the bobbin thread shows on top (or top thread show on back). If it's minor, it probably won't be noticeable after washing. Try on a sample first to make adjustments.

    I generally quilt whatever I can in the same color before changing. If I am stitching in the ditch at all, I do that first to help stabilize it. If not stitching in the ditch and want to stabilize, I use water soluble thread to help hold it together.

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    You can change colours by tieing off and restarting on different coloured quilt sections. If you mean how to change colours going back and forth over different colours, I don't know how to do that.

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    There are lots of ways to start and stop when you machine quilt. You can take a couple very small stitches at the beginning and end of your thread path or tie the ends and bury the tails with a needle. If your machine has a 'fix' or 'tie' function, you can try that, but do a test on a sample first as this sometimes leaves a large knot on the back. You can do all the areas of the first color, change thread then do all the areas with the next color etc. or you can change threads & just do a single section of the quilt before moving on.
    However, depending on the size of the quilt, the number of color changes and the level of your patience, you may quickly be wishing you used a thread that blends across the whole thing!
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    I'd settle on one color that would blend across all your fabrics rather than changing color for each piece of fabric. No only would it be a lot of extra work, it would make the quilting so very slowly and I think, maybe even increase the possibility of threads coming loose (unless you tied them off tightly as several posts above mention.)

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    If you're doing a continuous design - say meandering all over and wanting to change the color of thread for each color you meander over that would create a lot of additional work. If you are quilting a specific block that is one color then quilting another block that is a different color you would do as suggested above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    There are lots of ways to start and stop when you machine quilt. You can take a couple very small stitches at the beginning and end of your thread path or tie the ends and bury the tails with a needle. If your machine has a 'fix' or 'tie' function, you can try that, but do a test on a sample first as this sometimes leaves a large knot on the back. You can do all the areas of the first color, change thread then do all the areas with the next color etc. or you can change threads & just do a single section of the quilt before moving on.
    However, depending on the size of the quilt, the number of color changes and the level of your patience, you may quickly be wishing you used a thread that blends across the whole thing!
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    PaperPrincess, Tulip Time is going on right now. I went to the quilt show in town and they had some wonderful quilts on display.
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    I would hate to do a lot of starts and stops while machine quilting. I would use a variegated thread or a relatively invisible thread (silver Bottom Line thread blends with just about everything) all over.

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