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Thread: Is there an easier way?

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    Super Member Lyncat's Avatar
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    How do you all "bury" the thread tails in your quilt? It's not my favorite part of making the quilt right now. The small one I am working on has a LOT!

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    Explain what you mean by thread tails ??

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    at the beginning and the end of your quilting, you tie a small knotin your therad and pull the needle in between the
    top fabric and bottom fabric. That way it will be buried in
    your batting. Any way that is what I do.
    Hope this helps.
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    Are you talking about thread ends from machine quilting? Here is a good demo about the easiest way to bury these threads:

    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...g-threads.html

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    Yes, I mean the thread ends from machine quilting. Thanks!

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    Super Member Lyncat's Avatar
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    I guess I need a "cheater" needle. I've never seen those before watching that youtube video. Thank you.

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    Thanks for the link to the video. I also need to get a cheater needle!

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    I just use a tiny stitch at the beginning and end of a line and cut it close to the quilt. Is that not a good idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I just use a tiny stitch at the beginning and end of a line and cut it close to the quilt. Is that not a good idea?
    Some people do it by machine, making 2 or 3 small stitches at the beginning and end, and the complaint about that method is that it leaves noticeable "bumps". If your method has been holding up for you, I think it should be fine. I would imagine it is not used more frequently because of the fear that single securing stitch will come out.

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    I use a size 14 crochet hook to go into the quilt and come back out next to the thread and pull it into the batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I just use a tiny stitch at the beginning and end of a line and cut it close to the quilt. Is that not a good idea?
    Some people do it by machine, making 2 or 3 small stitches at the beginning and end, and the complaint about that method is that it leaves noticeable "bumps". If your method has been holding up for you, I think it should be fine. I would imagine it is not used more frequently because of the fear that single securing stitch will come out.
    I guess I use several tiny stitches and then slowly make them bigger and bigger as I go. Not just one stitch. It doesn't make a bump though. If I use the lock stitch it does make a bump (or at least it did on my old machine). Since I have no plans to ever enter in a competition I guess it's fine.

    eta: so far I've only done straight line quilting and mostly from one side of the quilt to the other-so since it's going to be sewn over with binding I just backstitch or sometimes I forget. I've only done a couple of things where I had to end stitching inside the binding area and I did the small stitches on one and the lockstitch on one.

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    thanks very much for the link to that video. such an obvious solution ... and yet ... not one i'd have ever thought of on my own. :lol:

    "cheater needles" are more commonly known as self-threading needles. you can get them just about anywhere needles are sold.

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    Thanks everyone. I do it like the video, only with a regular needle. The part that drives me crazy is threading the needle over and over with 54 year old eyes. I'll be dropping by Joann's today for some self-threading needles! (I really understand now why my grandma always kept me nearby while she was sewing so I could thread the needle for her!)

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    I always stitch in same place about 3 times with small stitch and then enlarge the stitch. I cut all threads at the fabric

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    Now why didn't I think of that? I have a cheater needle somewhere around here and never thought to use it on the thread tail. It was in a gift basket I got and since I can still see to thread a needle thought I didn't need it... yet.

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    I also do what LindaR does. Stitch in the same place a few times. Again, I've noticed that when all is said and done, washed and dried and ready to go, it's hard to find the knots and tails.

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    I went and bought Dritz Easy Threading Needles. Wow!!!!! This job is going about 5 times faster now. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you

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    I've used the "cheater needle" method, but sometimes I do it another way. I set the stitch length to zero, take a few stitches in place before I start, lift the presser foot and bring the bobbin thread to the top. Then I stitch a few more at zero in place, and then quilt normally. At the end I go back to zero and stitch in place. Takes longer but it avoids the bumps. The cheater method is good but man, sometimes you have SO many loose threads!

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    I find a ultra fine crochet hook the easiest and fastest.

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    Oh wow I LOVE the 'cheeter' needle gott get one of those! :0

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