I have received emails asking me if I bury my thread tails when I start quilting, or I would stitch my stitches tiny and then clip the threads close to the quilt. First of all, I always pull my bobbin thread up before I start quilting. The way I do it is I would use my left hand to tug on the top thread while I use my hand to move the hand wheel to bring the needle down and up. By doing that, your bobbin thread should emerge as a “loop” through the quilt top, as shown.
I always start and stop my quilting by stitching really teeny tiny stitches before moving on. Now, depending on time constraint and the type of quilt, I may or may not bury my thread tails. If I am running late and I know that I have stitched my starting and ending stitches closely enough, I would go ahead and just the thread tails. But I always bury my thread tails whenever I can – I think the threads have less of a chance coming undone.
Here I am showing how I bury my thread tails. First I run the tails through the eye of a needle:
Then, I poke the needle through right at the starting of my stitching, and bring the needle through the batting (BUT NOT THE QUILT BACK) and back up at a nearby location on the quilt top, with the thread tails in tow. I tug on the thread tails a little more before snipping – that should get those tails out of sight and out of mind. No one would even know the thread tails are under there…
The buried thread tails would either be quilted over by subsequent quilting, or just be entangled in the web of batting fibers. They should stay where they are… at least that’s my experience.
So, how do you secure your quilting stitches? I should dearly like to know.
p.s. My whole family is under the weather this week. So, you probably won’t hear from me unless it’s something urgent and requires immediate attention. With Quilt Market being so close, I do NOT need to be getting sick.