When I first started machine quilting I would either back stitch or run the needle up & down in the same place to anchor the thread as I started machine quilting. Back stitching creates bulk and if I’m using a variegated thread can look kinda yucky. Running the needle up & down created little knots of thread on the back – the result of too many up & down stitches, it’s not pretty and if you snip them off the rest of the quilting will eventually start to come out.
After I learned how to bury thread, in a hand quilter fashion, it became only way I handle thread when beginning and ending machine quilting. This is what I teach my beginner students and remind my advanced students.
Keep a hand sewing needle, needle threader and a small pair of scissors within hand reach as I start machine quilting. When I get into the rhythm of quilting these sometimes end up on the floor next to me. When I go to make the next thread change I make a little bit of a search to find them, but they’re still handy.
Pull up the bobbin thread by holding on to the top thread and take one stitch – needle goes in and comes right back up. Because I’m holding on to the thread the bobbin thread loops to the top and I can either grab it with my fingers or sweep it up with the scissors.
Make sure to pull up several inches of bobbin thread so that threading the needle, making the knot and bury it are easier later.
You can see in the above photothat the needle threader is already through the eye of the needle. When I put them down I do this so that they are both a little easier to find.
(Special thanks to my hand model and good friend…for working with me to get this photo shoot done)
Thread both the top and bobbin thread through the needle threader and pull them into the eye of the needle.
Make a knot fairly close to but not exactly on top of where the thread is on the quilt top.
This can be achieved by making a small loop and threading the needle through the loop. Pull the loop tight and there will be a knot.
Put the needle through the hole where the thread is coming to the top of the quilt and go into the batting not all the way through to the back of the quilt. Have the needle come up several inches or a needles length away.
Give a little bit of a tug to pull the knot into the batting. You should hear a little pop, unless of course like me you have music blaring in the back ground.
While pulling the thread a little bit clip the thread.
The thread will then head into the batting and you’re ready to keep quilting.
I really like this method!