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    I am machine quilting my bargello table runner by following the diamond pattern and going diagonally across the blocks. I have done a couple "rows" and it looks good, but because some of the stitching begins and ends in the middle of the quilt, I have thread tails that need to be dealt with. I need help here and would appreciate anyones input on how to tie off and hide these thread tails. I am sure there are different methods and with all the wonderful quilters on this board, somebody has the answer.

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    I would just knot them and bury them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    I would just knot them and bury them.
    Exactly. I bring the threads to the back, tie a good knot, then thread them inside the quilt to bury them. I try to leave a good 2" tail on them so they don't pop out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    I would just knot them and bury them.
    Yup. :thumbup:

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    The make a knot and bury the thread can be a tedious process, but I think it looks and survives better than just clipping the thread close to the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    I would just knot them and bury them.
    Exactly. I bring the threads to the back, tie a good knot, then thread them inside the quilt to bury them. I try to leave a good 2" tail on them so they don't pop out.
    You can do this with a needle that has an "open" eye...you can pull thread into the needle through an opening at the top. Pull the thread into the needle, then "sew" the thread to the back, then put the needle through the backing and into the batting and out again, pulling the thread all the way through. Trim off any little tail you get hanging out the other end. You want to have about 1" or so buried in the batting. Good luck!! It's not as hard as it may sound!

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    Thanks guys....I just knew you would have the answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    You can do this with a needle that has an "open" eye...you can pull thread into the needle through an opening at the top.
    LOVE these needles. Using them makes very quick work out of a previously laborious, torturous and incredibly boring process. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    You can do this with a needle that has an "open" eye...you can pull thread into the needle through an opening at the top.
    LOVE these needles. Using them makes very quick work out of a previously laborious, torturous and incredibly boring process. ;-)
    Was thinking about getting some - good to know that they are worth the money.

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    There was an ad on the banner of this board about a month ago that I actually clicked on (and I NEVER to that).

    Anyway, they had a side threading spiral needle.

    Very pricey, so I wasn't running to order it that day.
    I probably will because it's something new AND looked interesting. :roll:

    Big sizes, though. But I really liked the way it threads.
    http://www.spiraleyeneedles.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    There was an ad on the banner of this board about a month ago that I actually clicked on (and I NEVER to that).

    Anyway, they had a side threading spiral needle.

    Very pricey, so I wasn't running to order it that day.
    I probably will because it's something new AND looked interesting. :roll:

    Big sizes, though. But I really liked the way it threads.
    http://www.spiraleyeneedles.com/
    I bought a pair of these at Hobby Lobby and like them. The regular price was around $10, but I used a 40% off coupon. Still high for needles, but they are really easy to use and work great.

    I also bought a package of 3/4" round sticky-back felt pads from the hardware department at Walmart and stuck one on the front of my machine. I keep one of these needles there at all times. It keeps it in a handy spot and I can actually find it when I need it. LOL

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