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Good morning everyone!! Now, I've been quilting for many years but believe it or not have never stiched in the ditch. I just saw some videos on u-tube on how to, my only question now is do you use the same color thread that is on your top or your backing or does it matter? The project that I'm working on I suppose you could call an Amish style. The backing is black but my blocks are in purple, green and gold. Everyone's thought and suggestions are appreciated

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Comment by Desert Jane on January 12, 2009 at 8:02am
I would suggest you use black in the bobbin and depending on your pattern, you may want to change colors to go with your blocks or you could use a neutral gray. Test out the waters by putting different colors of threads in the ditches and see what you like best. Remember you may have "pop-ups" depending on your tension. and stitch length. This is where you can see the bottom thread on top (which you won't in the ditch) but you may see your top thread on the bottom if it is a light thread. Don't forget to use your walking foot and to lengthen your stitch length. I have Bernina's and use about a 3. Hope I helped. Good luck. I love to stitch in the ditch.
Comment by Lisette on January 11, 2009 at 2:10pm
Thanks Maxi
Comment by Maxi / WA on January 11, 2009 at 12:57pm
I just wanted to add I have been using thread to match either side. So there might be green in the bobbin and red on top. It works for me and if the tension is right they do not show through on the other side. I have used the nylon thread and it works. But the thing I really can not do without is the blind hem foot while stitching in the ditch. It guides me, keeps me from "trying" to look at the needle and sorta separates the fabric on either side of the needle to give me an invisible stitch when done. You actually have to look on back to see that you have stitched. I just put the needle right behind the thing that guides you in blind hem. I hope this might help.
Comment by Lisette on January 11, 2009 at 7:36am
Thanks Sheia
Comment by Sheila Kelsey on January 11, 2009 at 7:09am
Hi, I just started quilting but my mother has been quilting for years. My first quilt was a rail fence and I used the YLI nylon on top and a thread that matched the backing in the bobin. I guess it depends on if you want the stitches to show or not.
Comment by Lisette on January 11, 2009 at 6:14am
Good morning and thanks for your input!! I thought maybe blck in the bobbin to match the back and then the gold or purple in the front but I just wanted to make sure. I've been practicing while waiting for someone to comment and I will try adjusting the tension because I am seeing a hint of my top thread on the back and would prefer it would be all black. Thanks so much again and happy quilting!!
Comment by Ann Straight on January 11, 2009 at 6:08am
Hi Lisette,
Early Bird!!!
Normally, I would use black in the bobbin to match the back and gold in the top to jazz the front... an amish quilt might be better with purple on the front. If you are very careful and want the stitching to be obvious on the back, it could be purple in the bobbin instead of black. I am too sloppy to do that and tend to have a wiggle to my ditch stitch! If the top thread shows through to the back of the quilt, I think you need to adjust your tension. I used to have this problem with a cheaper machine when I first started and I am pretty sure it was the tension and "the operator" not knowing she had control over that!

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