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Old 09-23-2010, 04:12 PM
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Do you keep your thread single when hand quilting or double it? I've only been quilting since December and I've been doubling, but wonder if I'm doing it wrong (I'm basically self taught). Thanks for any advice!
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:13 PM
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single thread here
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:16 PM
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I use single thread also.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:17 PM
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I've been using single thread.

I did try double on a block I was wanting to accentuate the design of the fabric with the quilting, but did not achieve the effect I wanted, so still trying to figure out how to make it look like my mental image.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:24 PM
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single for me too
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:30 PM
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Always single here.
In fact, I've never seen it done with a doubled thread, even on the many, many antique quilts I have or have seen.

If you have doubled your thread for strength, perhaps you'd like the threads made particularly for hand quilting such as Mettler 40 wt. cotton or YLI Hand quilting thread. Many brands make a "quilting" thread.

These threads are generally a slightly heavier/thicker weight; sometimes they have a bit of sheen, or stiffner, or 'waxed' feel to them. When I use a thread that does not have this, I run along the cut thread with a little round of beeswax which I buy at Joannes. There is a substance called Thread Heaven, which comes in the tiniest little square navy blue box, which serves this same purpose.

At shows you'll see a high quality of hand quilting, but generally there's no right or wrong way to quilt your own work!
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Single thread, use bee's wax or thread heaven.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:43 PM
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It's single thread for me. :wink:
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Single thread here, too.
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[quote=Jan in VA]Always single here.
In fact, I've never seen it done with a doubled thread, even on the many, many antique quilts I have or have seen.

If you have doubled your thread for strength, perhaps you'd like the threads made particularly for hand quilting such as Mettler 40 wt. cotton or YLI Hand quilting thread. Many brands make a "quilting" thread.

These threads are generally a slightly heavier/thicker weight; sometimes they have a bit of sheen, or stiffner, or 'waxed' feel to them. When I use a thread that does not have this, I run along the cut thread with a little round of beeswax which I buy at Joanne's. There is a substance called Thread Heaven, which comes in the tiniest little square navy blue box, which serves this same purpose.


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