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    Tying quilts with sewing machine

    This is probably old news. But I just recently started using my button sewing option on my machine to tack my donation quilts. Doesn't take as much time as hand tying, and I hope it is just as secure.

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    That's how I used to do it before I got my long arm. I still have one that's endured multiple washing & dryings. It's very secure. No blisters that way....
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    DUH. Seems too simple. Maybe that's why I never thought of it. Ha, Ha. Great idea.

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    last summer, when i was helping my aunt make her quilt, i tried to convince her to use that method. no go, though. she loves the look of yarn ties.
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    how wouuld sewing over the thread work?

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    A friend of mine didn't even use the button sewing stitch. She just zigzagged a few stitches, going back and forth so it knotted. I only saw her do it on one scrappy 9 patch. It wasn't my favorite way but on that scrappy it looked ok.

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    Well, not my favorite either, but I got done fast. Most of the time it's SID, or free motion.

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    I've machine tied a quilt before using one repeat of a decorative stitch. Worked great & the quilt has held up really well.

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    I did one with the tiny circle stitch once. i just put some circles on a blouse today too. just for something different and to hold down the facing a bit too.

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    I have used several decrative stitches, the *, the () (filled in), the little flowers, etc. I have had no problem with the stitches come loose. I have never hand tied a quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb44662 View Post
    I have used several decrative stitches, the *, the () (filled in), the little flowers, etc. I have had no problem with the stitches come loose. I have never hand tied a quilt.
    I've done this on Quillows and baby quilts (the drag-around ones). I use the *, flower, duck, etc. It's cute and does beat the blistered fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I did one with the tiny circle stitch once. i just put some circles on a blouse today too. just for something different and to hold down the facing a bit too.
    That's how I did a baby quilt. I didn't want even small amounts of thread or anything hanging there for a baby to put in his/her mouth. The little circles just added to the design (if you looked closely enough!).

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    I've done this with a stitch selection on my machine that was something like a 'tack' stitch. It worked but not beautiful.

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    Never thought of using the duckies or other things! Now I have to make another quilt to try this on! This one was for a male, so just used the button thing.

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    Have used this method for quilting also because it does go fast. We all have our personal favorite way of doing things.

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    Tying quilts with sewing machine

    You can lay a piece of yarn or ribbon underneath where you zigzag to fasten it down and then tie the ends like you would tie it regularly, in a knot or bow or whatever. A six inch piece of yarn or ribbon is easy to tie however you want it.

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    My machine has some decorate stitches and I used to do a little flower on little girl baby quilts.

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    I have done this for years, back before I even considered myself a quilter. I made my DGKs flannel "blankets" and I would use one of the fancy stitches on my machine, setting it for one single motif. I still have some of those blankets here from my 21 year old DGS when he was a baby, and they stay better than the hand-tied ones I did.

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    I tied a wall hanging white on white wedding quilt once. I put small white satin bows on that way. The bows really added to the quilt . The hard part was making the tiny bows. I really enjoyed tying that way.

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    When I "machine tack" my quilts, it's more like stitching in the ditch, but just for a half an inch or so. I learned this from my niece about 15 years ago. It's almost invisible. I just stitch in the ditch for 3 or 4 stitches, back stitch 4 or 5 stitches and then go ahead another 3 or 4 stitches. None of that has ever come out. It's fun and fast and durable.
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    I saw on a previous post a while back that you can put the yarn down and use the sewing machine to tack it down as well.

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    I, too, have use a decorative stitch to tie a quilt. It was a small quilt but it worked great. Used the butterfly stitch.

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    Great idea. Thanks for posting it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiemay View Post
    I've machine tied a quilt before using one repeat of a decorative stitch. Worked great & the quilt has held up really well.
    I like that idea - will give it a try.

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    I Have used the CAMBRIDGE system, with my machine to tack quilts .It is a paper pattern in shapes like hearts, diamonds etc. with hole for sewing. just pin to your quilt and do a tack stitch in each hole, then cut the thread tails off and you are done, Can reuse the pattern over and over. makes a neat look.. dont remember where I got it , but think it was a quilt show in FL. CMARAS
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