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    What do you call.....

    If you use a piece of fabric when starting a seam and ending the seam, ( so your fabric doesn't get sucked down into the black hole) lol
    What do YOU call these little bits of fabric?

    I have heard:
    Leaders & Enders
    Starties & stoppies


    Just curious
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    yep that is what they are called

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    I call them leaders and enders because that's what Bonnie Hunter calls them, and she's the first quilter I knew who used that system.

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    Thank you, thank you! This has been driving me nuts! I use a small thin piece...but then have trouble "removing" it. Is there a trick to it?

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    Anniedeb, You cut it loose?

    If u use a piece as a starter, it will be at the beginning, then the last piece will run up under your feed dogs like it should when sewing, just let it run on out and cut it off.
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    One of those "well duh" moments! I sometimes use the strips to "get" the pieces going...then I would try to "remove" it because "it didn't belong...didn't think of just leaving it, or cutting it off! I learn something here every day!...and night!

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    Leaders and enders.

    I don't use them. I just hold onto the threads as I start sewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I don't use them. I just hold onto the threads as I start sewing.
    Ditto. Bonnie talks about how she uses gets more than one quilt done that way, but I have enough UFOs, thankyouverymuch.

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    Over here in Cheadle , Staffordshire Moorlands , Englnad. UK. They are called, pigs.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    i call them leaders and enders also. i'm working on my dear jane blocks and they are a real thread saver.
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    One class I took called them "spiders"!
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    I call them the "Thank God my mother in law showed me this" thingie.... It keeps my quilting room from turning blue with all my swearing...
    I got fabric.... Now I need time .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    One of those "well duh" moments! I sometimes use the strips to "get" the pieces going...then I would try to "remove" it because "it didn't belong...didn't think of just leaving it, or cutting it off! I learn something here every day!...and night!
    It sounds like you are actually sewing the leader right with your quilting fabric, so it's caught in the seam. A leader is where you sew the scrap of fabric, sew a couple stitches 'in the air' with no fabric, then start your quilt fabric patch, like you are chain piecing. The leader has secured the top and bobbin threads so you don't get a big glop of thread at the start of your seam. You would then sew your seam, or chain piece a bunch of patches, sew a few stiches in the air and then sew an ender scrap. Check Bonnie Hunter's site for more info:
    http://quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml
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    My instructor at the quilting 101 class I took this fall called it a fabric Kittie. First time I heard about them. So it stuck with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I don't use them. I just hold onto the threads as I start sewing.
    This is what I do.

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    I have trouble with it being pulled down into the machine at times, too. Will give this a try, love the names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    It sounds like you are actually sewing the leader right with your quilting fabric, so it's caught in the seam. A leader is where you sew the scrap of fabric, sew a couple stitches 'in the air' with no fabric, then start your quilt fabric patch, like you are chain piecing. The leader has secured the top and bobbin threads so you don't get a big glop of thread at the start of your seam. You would then sew your seam, or chain piece a bunch of patches, sew a few stiches in the air and then sew an ender scrap. Check Bonnie Hunter's site for more info:
    http://quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml
    Thank you...I was sewing it with the quilting fabric. I will definitely check Bonnie Hunters site. I use them alot...I have trouble getting the "seam" started...especially with thinner fabric! Always so much help on this board!!

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    thread bunnys

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    My neighbor and I call these 'scrapples'. Using a straight stitch plate on your sewing bed, with a straight stitch only, prevents the fabric from being 'sucked' down in.
    I keep a good amount of 4 x 10 strips of fabric on hand. I place 2 together and use these to test my stitches before sewing anything. I have a small basket near my machine that I throw them into and pull one out when I start sewing. The thickness of the fabrics doesn't pull into the plate and I never forget about cutting them off as they usually don't match the fabrics I am using. When I am checking stitches for quilting, I make a fabric and batting sandwich and test on that. If needed, that piece is used to start an outside seam as it is generally the same thickness as the quilts.

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    I have always called them spiders. Started sewing when I was a kid...a couple days ago lol.... and have always used them.

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    "Bunnies." I picked up the expresssion from one of the quilt shows I watched YEARS ago. I don't remember which show that was, though.

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    I love all the responses! The lady that taught me called them junk - so I always just grab myself a piece of junk fabric when I start sewing and another when I end. Usually they're the ends of my strips that have a selvage.

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    My 4-H girls called them RATS owing to all of the tails. I really pushed the girls to use the RATS since they all had trouble rethreading the machine and I think using them is a good practice.

    I have also heard them called "thread savers".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    thread bunnys
    I was thinking I had heard them called bunnys or bunny foot...something "rabbitty".

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