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Thread: Proper stitch to use in hand piecing

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    What is the "right" stitch to use in hand sewing? I've always used a running stitch that was close together but I've heard others talk about using a back stitch so that the seams held.
    I have hand pieced 12 blocks for a quilt I am making and now I'm wondering if I need to redo these blocks with a back stitch.

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    I am not sure of the *proper* way to do it, but I still have quilts that my mother made from between 40-50 years ago that are in good shape. She used a running stitch.

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    I think your blocks are just fine as is. I use a running stitch, with a back stitch after I do a needle-full...so I guess it's every 5 or 6 stitches. I really don't know how much stronger that back stitch makes the seam, so I wouldn't worry about the blocks you already made.

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    I use a running stitch with a backstitch added after 5-6 stitches (a needle full).

    I don't think you need to go back and redo anything.

    Cheers, K

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    Wheeewww... thank you for your feedback... I really didn't want to redo those blocks :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I think your blocks are just fine as is. I use a running stitch, with a back stitch after I do a needle-full...so I guess it's every 5 or 6 stitches. I really don't know how much stronger that back stitch makes the seam, so I wouldn't worry about the blocks you already made.

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    This is the way I was taught also.

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    I just use a running stitch. I am starting to use a small backstitch at the start & end of the seam because I'm trying to get better crisper turn line (for a 7-sisters quilt)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I just use a running stitch. I am starting to use a small backstitch at the start & end of the seam because I'm trying to get better crisper turn line (for a 7-sisters quilt)
    I go between a stab stitch and the running stitch w/ a backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam. I use the stab on curved pieces because the running stitch is hard for me to do on a curve.

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    I use a running stitch and back stitch after every inch. :-D

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    I like a back stitch to reinforce over seams!

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    This is how I've always done hand piecing too. The back stitch just makes it a stronger seam and will hold if a stitch gets broken.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I think your blocks are just fine as is. I use a running stitch, with a back stitch after I do a needle-full...so I guess it's every 5 or 6 stitches. I really don't know how much stronger that back stitch makes the seam, so I wouldn't worry about the blocks you already made.

    Janet

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    Hi just wanted to comment on your fitness tracker I like it... I'm in the process of losing weight too, 20 down 30 to go :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdunn56
    Hi just wanted to comment on your fitness tracker I like it... I'm in the process of losing weight too, 20 down 30 to go :-)
    congratulations ! I get down to about 146 and then bounce back up to 149... i don't post the ups only when I go down ha ha... it's less depressing that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    Quote Originally Posted by pdunn56
    Hi just wanted to comment on your fitness tracker I like it... I'm in the process of losing weight too, 20 down 30 to go :-)
    congratulations ! I get down to about 146 and then bounce back up to 149... i don't post the ups only when I go down ha ha... it's less depressing that way.
    140 is my goal...never want to see 150 again! well I want to see it NOW but once I get under it , then never again :-) Good luck to us both!!

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    hi could not find where to post this but here goes am starting to hand piece a cathedral window but would also like to know if there are other patterns that you do not have to quilt do you quilt the crazy quilt thanks for any information are links
    Evelyn

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