Should you Backstitch When machine quilting?

When would you use a backstitch?

Backstitching is a must anytime a seam will not have another seam intersecting it at a later time. When quilting, I will often backstitch when sewing on the final two borders. This will hold the final seam secure until the quilt is quilted.

What is the best stitch length for machine quilting?

For straight stitching, it is advised to set your machine’s stitch length to 2.5 to 3.0 or about 8-12 stitches per inch. This range works quite well for a majority of machine quilting but there are always exceptions when you make a rule. For threads with sparkle or shine, use a longer stitch length.

When should you not Backstitch?

You do not have to backstitch when sewing with the lightning stitch, three-step zigzag stitch or triple stretch stitch, because these types of stitches will not unravel when the seam is put under stress.

How many times should you Backstitch?

Try to stick to no more than four stitches when back stitching otherwise it could start messing with how pretty your seams look.

Should I stitch in the ditch before quilting?

Stitching in the ditch between borders helps stabilize the fabric, maintaining straight lines and preventing distortion. If you choose to stitch the ditch, do it as the first step before adding any quilting design in the border or sashing.

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