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Thread: Thread Basting a Quilt/Schamber Style

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    Thread Basting a Quilt/Schamber Style

    I want to try basting a quilt the way Sharon Schamber does on You-Tube. Does anyone know what size of DMC Tatting thread she uses? I suspect a thick thread will be difficult to pass through the layers and a too-fine thread might just slip out. Thanks for the help.

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    I'm going to use the tatting thread, 3 ply 80 .
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    I use the small size of pearl cotton that comes on a ball and a doll making needle when I baste using her method.

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    and don't forgot...you can REUSE that thread after pulling the basting out! just wind it on an empty thread spool for the next quilt you need to baste!

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    She uses the Perle Size 12. I've used it and it works great for me.

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    What a neat idea Jacquie . I am [planning to try this soon and never thought of saving the thread!

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    Thanks. Don't think I would have ever thought of that!
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    and don't forgot...you can REUSE that thread after pulling the basting out! just wind it on an empty thread spool for the next quilt you need to baste!

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    I use her method, but I use water soluble thread. That way I don't worry about pulling or snipping the thread as I quilt, I just quilt over it then it all washes out when I give my quilt a final wash.

    I will say though that sometimes the FMQ foot will catch a thread, which makes moving the quilt difficult. When I see/feel it - I snip the thread. I'm going to try to avoid most of this the next time by basting my quilt from the back. When basting, the herringbone stitches are long on the front, and short on the back. So if I baste it from the back they should be long on the back and short on the front. Since my feed dogs are down, I wont catch the long stitches on anything, and the few times I might catch the short stitches on the front will be a lot less than I was catching them before. I'll just have to be extra careful when basting to always make sure the front of my quilt (which will be on the bottom) is nicely centered.
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    She does mention the size of thread she uses in when basting. As I remember she uses tatting thread. I can't remember whether it is video one or two. I am going to try her method on my DD's next quilt.
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    I used to sew my own clothing so I have a bunch of old spools of thread laying around, anything I don't want to quilt/ sew with I use for basting; I've also tried water soluable basting thread, it worked pretty well, although it was slipper.
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    I love the Shaumber method of basting, but , Jaquie, you just kicked it up a notch!! Thanks so much for that useful tip about saving the basting thread! I'm pretty frugal and I'm kicking myself thinking of all that thread I've tossed!!

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    Thanks to everyone who helped me with my question!

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    that is good dea to baste from the back

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    I use serger thread to baste my quilts. Cheap and holds well as it is polyester.

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    I use hand qulting thread. It has a thin coating on it.

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    I watched that video too, it was great, I am definately gonna give that method a try

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    I used water soluble thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I will say though that sometimes the FMQ foot will catch a thread, which makes moving the quilt difficult. When I see/feel it - I snip the thread. I'm going to try to avoid most of this the next time by basting my quilt from the back. When basting, the herringbone stitches are long on the front, and short on the back. So if I baste it from the back they should be long on the back and short on the front. Since my feed dogs are down, I wont catch the long stitches on anything, and the few times I might catch the short stitches on the front will be a lot less than I was catching them before. I'll just have to be extra careful when basting to always make sure the front of my quilt (which will be on the bottom) is nicely centered.
    DHM, you can do the herringbone stitch without basting on the back. Just stitch so the short stitch is on top and the long stitch on the back. I've been doing this for the last two quilts I sandwiched and haven't had trouble with the stitches getting caught up on either the walking foot or the FMQ foot. It works for me!
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