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Tips & Techniques > hiding short machine quilting thread tails

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Posted by: Astrostitcher

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Posted on: 10/19/04 1:45 PM
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I originally added this comment to my review of the Janome 6500Pro with thread cutter but it will be easier to find here and I hope it will help.

Someone recently remarked to me that they do not use the automatic thread cutter (located near the bobbin case under the stitch plate)as they wish to "bury" all threads to the inside for a clean finish as is done in hand quilting. The thread cutter does not eliminate this option, all you have to do is use a few tiny machine stitches to secure the threads, cut and go one to the next quilting area. When all done quilting, remove the work from the machine and use a "tired eyes" or "self-threading" needle to pull the thread ends under. The secret is to stick the needle half way in just where the thread tails come out of the backing and then slip the threads into the eye through the notch (with the help of a tweezers if they are too short) and run them under the backing. Until you get around to doing this after the work is back out from under the machine harp, the shorter tails will not tangle or get caught in further quilting. This works great for me.

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aunt saidee said... (7/26/09 5:54 PM) Reply
This is brilliant! Do you know how to attach a walking foot on a Janome Gem Gold?
SewVeryTall said... (10/20/04 6:55 AM) Reply
Good tip...self-threading needles to the rescue...I just love these needles! I've used them exactly as you've described.
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