Tying Off Video Tutorial
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Tying Off {Tutorial}

Tying Off Video Tutorial

Tying Off Video Tutorial

While I was at QuiltCon, I learned a new technique for pulling the bobbin thread to the top of a quilt to ease in tying off threads when you are at the end of an area of quilting. I turned this tip into a YouTube video tutorial. It was a new technique for me, and I can see it being just as applicable to domestic machines as it is to long arms.

Did you already know about this? For those familiar with the technique, it goes very quickly and I had to ask them to slow down to explain it for me!


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14 thoughts on “Tying Off {Tutorial}

  1. Thanks for sharing – I use this method on my Sweet Sixteen and have wondered if it would be different on a stand-up longarm. Do you need to bury threads on starts and stops, or can you just clip them? I’ve seen videos that show clipping, and I wondered how secure they would be if not knotted and buried.

  2. Renee says:

    Oooh I think I’ve seen this before for longarms, but didn’t really need to keep the information in mind. There’s a similar method for domestics I use–but I just pull the quilt to the side a few inches and then push the trim threads button, then pull the bottom thread up, tie and bury.

  3. bkringel says:

    Thanks Yvonne. This makes a miserable task slightly less miserable!! Hahaha…. I detest tying and burying my threads!! I lreally appreciate this hint though. 🙂

  4. Jan O says:

    Helpful – I can definitely use this technique on my domestic machine.
    Have you tried the Spiral Eye needle for burying those thread tails? Expensive, but worth every penny!

  5. That’s something I’ve always done when FMQing. I think I learned it when I took the free motion craftsy class that was taught by Wendy Butler Berns. Definitely makes burying your threads easier.

  6. Shauna says:

    Great video, I was taught that trick when I got my long arm and it really does make burying threads easier

  7. Pip says:

    A friend taught me that trick a while ago, I use it on my Sweet 16 and my DSM, makes it so much easier to tie off and bury, great idea to make a video showing how to do it.

  8. Nurdan says:

    Yes, I have seen this before; I think in a craftsy class of Jacquie. Thank you for demonstrating and reminding it to me- I had totally forgotten it!

  9. Jasmine says:

    Nice little tutorial. This is something I wished I knew when I started quilting. I was so happy when I learned it.

  10. Thanks for sharing! Love this new link up I am learning so much. Congrats on post 300, such a huge accomplishment 🙂 Just keep them coming!!!

  11. I’m so happy to see you doing video tutorials! That’s awesome!! I know this one will be watched by many people It’s one of those skills that you need to see I over and over when you’re learning it. You know, my needle-down button is finicky so I have to do that with the hand wheel every time. I’ve gotten used to it now, but I know it slows me down.

  12. Laura says:

    I am jealous that you went to quilt con. Ah yes, I use that technique – it revolutionalised finishing off for me! it works on a domestic too!!! I just snip all my threads – no knotting and burying, too impatient for that!

  13. kittywilkin says:

    I think I need some “basic beginner quilting” classes. I don’t even know the general “rules” for tying off quilts. So do you tie the bobbin and top threads together? and then bury that knot? This is definitely helpful—if only I knew what to do with it! (I usually ensure my quilting goes from one off-the-edge edge to the other, so that I can backstitch the start and finish and then have it hidden under the binding.) Shhh don’t tell anyone! LOL

  14. sally says:

    My comment here would be pretty much identical to Kitty’s above!!!

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