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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2011 10:38:56 AM »

Do you reverse stitch at the beginning and when you come to the end?
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2011 02:26:27 PM »

Do you reverse stitch at the beginning and when you come to the end?

That's what I do.
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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2011 01:48:41 AM »

Not long winded to me. Smiley I am so jealous you have a machine that automatically backstitches. Smiley

I always backstitch too.
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2011 11:05:13 AM »

Good to know! I'm teaching myself to sew, and I figured I should backstitch at the beginning and end, but when I did some applique, I pulled the thread through and tied. I had no idea if this was the right thing to do, but it seemed good. I'm glad to know I had the right instinct. Reading this has boosted my confidence.
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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2011 06:50:33 PM »

If you're REALLY careful, and don't want the threads to come undone, you can always lightly heat them together using a lighter- but I only recommend it on dark fabrics because of the burned thread being black/light brown.
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2011 09:45:50 PM »

If you're REALLY careful, and don't want the threads to come undone, you can always lightly heat them together using a lighter- but I only recommend it on dark fabrics because of the burned thread being black/light brown.

That would only work on thread that's synthetic, like polyester - synthetic thread and fabric melt. Organic thread and fabrics - like cotton, wool, silk, rayon, bamboo - will burn instead.
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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2011 11:11:51 AM »

Do you reverse stitch at the beginning and when you come to the end?

i do that too. i just taught myself how to use a sewing machine and it seemed like the best idea i could think of.
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2011 07:39:07 PM »

Do you reverse stitch at the beginning and when you come to the end?

i do that too. i just taught myself how to use a sewing machine and it seemed like the best idea i could think of.
Yep, it works very well. So well, in fact, that my sister and I joke about cursing out the stupid obsessed woman who backstitches so effectively that our seam ripping takes forever. Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2011 01:50:52 AM »

Hello.

May i say well done in creating your first project.

The correct way to finish seams is by back tacking and this should be done with every part of the garment that you sew.

So as you come to the end of a seam reverse the sewing machine stich and back tack over the stitches that you have done (go about 6 stitches back) and then go forward again to the end of the seam. This will lock the stitches in place and you can confidently cut any excess threads or tails and your seam will not come undone. The more that you back tack at the end of every part the more this will become an automatic thing to do.

I hope that this helps you.

Happy sewing.
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2011 07:35:14 PM »

i always backstitch, and i no have problem with this
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