How many times have you been in the middle of quilting your quilt sammich (sandwich) and you're not paying attention and all of a sudden you realize you've been sewing for five minutes with no thread in your bobbin? I'm a zen sewist - I get lost in the sound and hum of my machine and rarely pay attention to the fullness of my bobbin. So when I was quilting today (my least favorite part of quilting is quilting. Funny, huh?) I of course ran into this issue - right in the middle of one of my rows.
So, I've developed a way to fix this. I don't know if this is how other quilters or sewists do this or if there's a better technique - all I know if this is how I do it and it seems to work.
The idea is that you have to tie off the original stitching so that it doesn't unravel. Not a good idea to just cut off the thread and then start sewing again. Details, details!
Undo about 5-8 stitches from the bobbin side, since this will most likely be the shorter of the two threads, enough to have enough length to grab and be able to tie it off with ease. I use the eye-end of a needle to do this.
|Pull out bobbin stitches|
We want this fix to be on the back of the quilt. So, take the thread from the front of the quilt and thread it thru a hand needle. Bring the thread to the back, entering the fabric as close to the last stitch as possible while paying attention to where the needle is coming out thru the back. If the front thread is super short, put the needle into the fabric and then thread it thru the eye and then pull it thru to the back.
|Now both threads are to the back of the quilt.|
|Tie the threads into a double knot. Don't pull too hard or the thread may break or cause a pucker in the fabric.|
|Cut off excess thread as close to knot without compromising it.|
|Begin sewing where the other stitching left off. Do either a locking stitch or a few forward anf then reverse stitches to lock new stitching in place.|
|Can you see the fix?|
May all your bobbins be full. And if they aren't, use this fix.