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Topic: What is the trick to making the back look neat?  (Read 5425 times)
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« on: April 14, 2008 04:33:16 PM »

On some things it just doesn't matter, but it does on a dishtowel. I've see some embroidery where the back looks as good as the front. Not mine. How do I make that happen?

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2008 11:38:54 AM »

I think working your end threads through the back stitching helps it look a lot neater. Also try not to jump from one object to another with the same thread. If you can tie off your thread at the end of a line and then start up with a new thread at the beginning of another you won't have the thread trail.

Do I follow this advice... no. I try to stay neat, but I don't kill myself over it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2008 01:49:52 PM »

Ok.....I'm going to make my mother a towel for Mothers Day and I am going to make great efforts to keep the back neat.  No long thread tails crossing. Thanks JenB
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2008 08:02:47 PM »

Practice. Lots of practice-at least for me. Don't jump around-that helps too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2008 04:16:16 PM »

If you are going to jump from one place to the next (no more than a 1-inch jump), only do it in an area that has stitching, and instead of just jumping across, take your thread behind the stitching that's already there (or wrap it around stitches already there). Besides a neater look, it secures the thread so it doesn't get snagged.

Keep an eye on the back of your work and pay attention to the length of your thread. If it suddenly seems shorter, you've probably developed a knot on the back. Take out the stitches and remove the knot, rather than trying to whip over the knot and any trailing loop when  you're finished.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2008 05:03:17 PM »

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take your thread behind the stitching that's already there (or wrap it around stitches already there).

seems so obvious now, but it never occured to me. i think this will make all the difference. thanks so much.
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2008 03:17:42 AM »

If you are using en even number of strands, eg 6, cut a length double to what you usually use. Then use half the number of strands, eg if you normally use 6 strands, use three instead, and fold them over so you still have the right thickness. thread the needle with the ends, leaving a loop at the other end. When you put the needle and thread through the cloth, pass it through the loop at the back. This anchors your thread without leaving a tail.
DOes this make sense to you? If not I will try and find a better explanation  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2008 09:07:26 AM »

This DOES make sense! Thank you for this great idea!
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2008 09:08:27 AM »

Oh, wow, I would never have thought of that!  I'm going to try it out.  Thanks for the nifty idea, mwagen.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2008 01:06:05 PM »

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