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Thread: Stitch Length

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    Stitch Length

    What stitch do you use for piecing quilts? If I do not backstitch, I sometimes have a problem with the stitches coming loose. And i do not like backstitching.

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    I use the default setting on my machine. You shouldn't have to back stitch; when you sew the blocks together and quilt, it won't come apart.

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    Most of the time I just use the standard setting.
    It does help to shorten the stitch length a little.
    My machine is 2.5 and I shorten to 2.0.
    I do not backstitch since you sew over your seams when piecing.
    If you paper piece you do need to shorten the stitch length.

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    I use 1.8 stitch length and usually don't backstitch.
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    I use my default setting which is 2.2. When I paper piece I will decrease it to 1.8 or 2.0
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    If it is a project that backstitching would be a major pain... I use 2.0 or sometimes as low as 1.5 ( but use a smaller needle when this small). Most of the time I use 2.5 and backstitch.

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    I usually set my length at 1.5 and don't backstitch piecing. I do backstitch any topstitching.

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    I use a smaller stitch, don't want any stitches to come out I think about 1.8 or 1.50, usually a pain to unsew. I back stitch if it is a problem with stitches coming out. I back stitch when starting and stopping quilting.
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    I use the default stitch size...I never backstitch since it will be joined to other blocks or sashing

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    I never backstitch - have never had anything come apart, and I use the default of 2 mm. For paper piecing I would reduce that a bit (but I don't pp).
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    My machine (Bernina and Pfaff) default at 2.5, I always set it down to 2. If paper piecing I usually go down to 1.5

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    I use 2.0 for piecing.

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    I use 2.0 and do not backstitch. I begin and end on a scrap of cloth so that I am cutting off a few stitches beyond the fabric.

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    The default on my machine is 2.2. If I choose the "piecing" stitch it is 1.8 mm. I generally use 2.0 mm. That is a little over 12 stitches per inch. The 1.8 is 14 stitches per inch and is a little dense for my taste. I never back stitch when piecing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    I use 1.8 stitch length and usually don't backstitch.
    Ditto -- though I do backstitch if the seam will not be crossed by another seam.
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    If the tensions on your machine are balanced and the stitches are 10-12 an inch, seams coming undone shouldn't be a problem. I don't backstitch when piecing except Y seams.

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    1.4-1.6 for paper piecing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I use a smaller stitch, don't want any stitches to come out I think about 1.8 or 1.50, usually a pain to unsew. I back stitch if it is a problem with stitches coming out. I back stitch when starting and stopping quilting.
    I sew with what I consider a pretty small stitch, too. I have a Featherweight that I do all my quilting on & I set the stitch at about 15 stitches per inch. That's pretty small, isn't it? I know it sure seems that way when I have to take those puppies back out... LOL!
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    1.9 I do not backstitch.

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    I generally use a bit longer than default for piecing, but if the pieces are small or the stitching will be cut (like in a bargello) I will use a smaller stitch. If your stitches are coming loose, it sounds like you are pulling against the seam. I never backstitch, but I too have had that issue, especially when the quilt top gets bigger and heavier. I have fixed that by stitching around the outside edge (1/8") catching all the seams. It won't show when the quilt is done and gives the piecing stability.

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    I use the default setting and I never back stitch. I don't shorten it up unless I'm paper piecing. I don't want to have to pick out tiny stitches if I goof! As long as that seam will be crossed by another, which all will, there is no need to back stitch, plus, it adds unnecessary bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I generally use a bit longer than default for piecing, but if the pieces are small or the stitching will be cut (like in a bargello) I will use a smaller stitch. If your stitches are coming loose, it sounds like you are pulling against the seam. I never backstitch, but I too have had that issue, especially when the quilt top gets bigger and heavier. I have fixed that by stitching around the outside edge (1/8") catching all the seams. It won't show when the quilt is done and gives the piecing stability.
    Not sure what you mean by pulling against the seam. I do like your tip on sewing on the outside edge 1/8".

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    Thank you for all the replies. I am sure I am using to long of a stitch. I have been using 2.8. I will drop down to atleast a 2 and see what happens.

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    my default length is 2 and that is what I use. The only time I ever backstitch is when it will be the edge of the quilt, otherwise, the seam is always crossed by another seam, and is sturdy enough for me.

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    I use 2 and I backstitch everything.
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