Monday, July 6, 2009
Vintage Sheet turned Quilt 3-Question
OK, I think right when I took the picture, I might have answered my own question. But, let's see. When I hand sew, I was taught (by mom, and she's not a sewer, soooo) to double my thread and then knot it. However, it's now causing a problem. See picture...both thread don't come through smoothly. One is always loose. I have to pull it from the back, once I figure out which one is loose. For the time being, I've used a little Quilt basting spray on the thread. Just thinking it would hold the "double" thread together and pull both through tight. I hope this makes sense and someone knows what I'm talking about. Do you quilt double or single thread?
Labels: quilt basting spray, vintage sheet
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SINGLE thread, my dear....not double. You can also "bury" your knot inside the quilt itself so no knots show anywhere. Go to THIS link and read it as it has some good hand-quilting tips...including how to BURY the knots at the beginning and end of your stitching. It sounds tricky, but...basically, your knot is at the end of your thread and you PULL it enough to get it to pop INTO the fabric. At the end, you do that but make a teeny stitch on the BACK of your piece and pull it enough so the knot pops into the fabric and it stays buried there. Pull out the double thread stitching and read the link...and then start over with a single thread, okay?ReplyDelete
You need to buy thread for hand quilting. It's heavier so you only need a single thread.ReplyDelete
Single thread and thread for hand quilting needs to be used. It's definitely all a learning process.ReplyDelete
Yep...it's single thread. There are special threads used for hand quilting. Good luck.ReplyDelete
I don't handquilt, but everything I have read says exactly what Pat said.ReplyDelete
Yes single thread and get thread for quilting.ReplyDelete
Single thread and if you want extra strength go for a cotton/poly for Hand Quilting! :) We'll have to get together and sew sometime with you living so close.ReplyDelete
I've never hand quilted so it seems that a single thread is what you use. However, when I've done embroideries with a double thread I learnt from a friend to use a single length of thread, fold it in half and thread the end through your needle. You don't knot your thread but secure it by making one stitch in your fabric and threading the needle back through the loop in your cotton! Aargh, I'm hopeless at explaining - I'll try and find a link - it's explained here http://crossstitch.about.com/od/perforatedpaper/qt/startwithloop.htm, the "LOOP" method - works a treat!ReplyDelete
By the way, very inspired by your quilt as I've just found a lovely holly hobby sheet of my own that I'd like to use for something like this!
Lovely to read others tips, p.s. forgot to say in my other comment I really enjoy your blog!ReplyDelete