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Hi all:

Do I have to back tack HST's? DH bought me a new temp sewing machine cause mine is still in storage in another state. He bought me a Brother SE400 sewing embroidery machine. Anywho when I sew its wonderful but if I back tack it pulls out a whole bunch of threads from underside when I try to cut it off.  I have threaded and rethreaded, put in a new bobbin everything I can think of. So then I thought do I really need to do this in the first place? 

Hope your having a wonderful Sunday,


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Comment by Vicki0389 on July 1, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks everyone, I'm gonna call Brother just to see why it won't do the back tacking anyways just so I know what's wrong or what I'm doing wrong. LOL  But I have done almost 2 doz HST's now and I'm having a blast.


Comment by Dawn Hutton on July 1, 2013 at 4:02am

does your machine have a FIX or Stop?  If so this will keep you from backstitching.

Comment by Debra Miller on June 30, 2013 at 9:21pm
I had a longarmer with a APQS Millenium tell me to never back tack. The stitches build uo more than you think and if a fast needle hits it just right...NOT GOOD!
Comment by Barbara Graham on June 30, 2013 at 7:32pm

Fourth--I'm all in favor of sewing forward. All that tacking is going to be wasted when another seam crosses it. Go play!

Comment by Vicki0389 on June 30, 2013 at 7:12pm

Thanks everyone, the part that stinks about taking it back is I just got this last week.  LOL  I want to play play play.........

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 30, 2013 at 7:04pm

I third the motion.  I almost never use backstitching to end or begin seams when piecing.  It is unnecessary because you are going to stitch over the ends of each seam as you continue construction.

All machines, however, should do a uncomplicated backstitch when needed.  Have someone check your machine out when you can.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 30, 2013 at 6:52pm

I agree with PQ.  I only do the backstitch on the very outer edge of the border of the quilt so it won't come undone when quilting.

Take your machine in when you can as there is definitely something wrong with the machine if it won't backstitch properly. It's probably something out of adjustment that they can take care of for you fairly easily.

Comment by Vicki0389 on June 30, 2013 at 6:31pm

Yes Prairie Quilter I really just wanted to know if I needed to back stitch at both ends of HST's. I was doing ok till this machine didn't like to go backwards, so I was hoping someone would tell me that I didn't have to do that at all...........LOL.


Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 30, 2013 at 5:31pm

Vicki, I'm not sure if I'm understanding correctly.  If this is a question about the machine, then I can't help.  If it is a general quilting question on whether I take a couple of backstitches at the ending and beginning of the seams when piecing, then I can tell you that I don't, unless I know that particular seam is going to be on the outside edge of the quilt and I need to keep it from coming undone with handling.  On interior pieces, I figure the other seams will intersect and hold them to keep them from coming unstitched.  Hope this helps!

Comment by Pam/NY on June 30, 2013 at 2:25pm

I have a Viking and it does it automatically...maybe yours does also!

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