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Thread: No Knots in Hand Quilting

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    Senior Member Carol Wilson's Avatar
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    Just saw a great tip for those of us who like to hand quilt and not have problems hiding the knot at the back of your work.

    It is always a problem if you start with a knot to try and pull it through the back so as it does not show on the back of your quilt.

    When you start to hand quilt insert your needle and thread from the front of the quilt, leave at least half of the thread "dangling" while you continue to hand quilt, at the end "hide" your thread by weaving between the batting, now comes the magic bit, return to your tail of thread you left at the beginning and continue to hand quilt in the opposite direction ending again with hiding the thread in the batting.

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    I always tie a knot when I reach the end as well and pop it into the batting. I usually don't have much trouble with popping my knots.

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    Thanks, it really does work better that way. No tails to cut off. :thumbup:

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    I ONLY hand quilt I always did it that way I never knew there was any other way to hand quilt............silly me.

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    thanks for the hint

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    Thanks, Carol!! :)

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    WOW I had never heard of that tip and I hand quilt most of my quilts. Thanks alot, I'll have to try that.

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    Thanks for the great tip!

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    I had one teacher show us how to weave the end under and in among the first few stitches and the last few stitches. That way there is extra strength in holding the ends in addition to just the batting.

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    I am going to try that. I have a problem with my knots popping out when I am done. My hand quilted quilts are generally to be used so have to hold together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggiek
    I had one teacher show us how to weave the end under and in among the first few stitches and the last few stitches. That way there is extra strength in holding the ends in addition to just the batting.
    Do you mean back up and re-stitch the last few stitches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I always tie a knot when I reach the end as well and pop it into the batting. I usually don't have much trouble with popping my knots.
    Ditto. No trouble at all. I always knot.

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    I hand quilt my quilts, and have finally perfected the knotting process. I leave a long tail, so that when I can no longer reach across my frame, I just go to the other side and rethread my needle. Then I hide my knot. Is that a bad way to do it? I thought I made it up myself.

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    Thanks for tut I wish u make a pic because i did not understand the rest after u go down from face then starting quilting then what ?
    Any way my way is i make a knot and i go in the ditch, pull a little
    Some time it didn't vanish ;-)

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    I pop the knot through my backing

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    i have always popped the knot through.

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    When hand quilting, I always start and finish the thread by popping the knots into the batting.

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    How about this idea (remember I am new to quilting) - but for knotless hand embroidery and hand sewing, I use say a length of floss/tread 20 inches long, double it over so it is 10 inches (sewing with double thread) and instead of threading the "loop" through the needle, thread the two tails through the needle, leaving a "U" shape at the bottom. Insert your needle through the quilt top and batting (not the back yet), leaving a loop of thread on top momentarily, bring your needle back up and then through the loop and pull it tight - you now have a secure stitch to start with and no knots to pull through anywhere. I use it for all of my hand sewing, including buttons, and embroidery.
    Marysewfun

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    That's a good idea. I use that method when cross stitching. Never tried it when quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleen1978
    Quote Originally Posted by maggiek
    I had one teacher show us how to weave the end under and in among the first few stitches and the last few stitches. That way there is extra strength in holding the ends in addition to just the batting.
    Do you mean back up and re-stitch the last few stitches?
    No, when you measure out your thread make it twice as long as you normally would. Then insert your needle where ever you want to start quilting, but only pull half of the length of thread through....leaving the rest of the length just laying on top of the quilt.

    After quilting with the first half of the length of thread, finish it off as you would normally do and then cut the thread. Now take the needle and thread it onto the "other" length of thread that is sticking out of the quilt top, where you first began quilting, and now you can use that end of the thread to start quilting in the opposite direction until you run out of thread again, knotting and cutting as normal.

    I hope that is clearer than mud. This is the way that I do it.

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    That's a great idea. I hate knots in my quilts. thanks

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    Funny thing happened yesterday. I am doing a quilt with the big stitches and using Perle cotton #5 very thick thread
    I couldn't bury a knot.
    Friend looks over and shows me how to make a stitch and leave the other end of thread loose for later.
    Now you tell us the idea. I like it but still have trouble to get this thick thread knot thru the cotton.

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    Eleanor Burns, I was at one of your shows. I loved every thing you did, and we had lots of laughs with you! Absolutly love this hiding the knot idea of yours

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    Good hint, thank you.

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    I even do that with my machine jump threads

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