Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Quilting Pet Peeve!

Argh! I am putting a binding on my quilt and I got all the way to the corner and noticed that I ran out of bobbin thread way back at the beginning of that side, about an inch past the previous corner! That is a huge pet peeve for me. First of all, I hate running out of bobbin thread at all because then you have to stop what you are doing and put a new one in. (or if you are like me, unprepared, you have to wind a new bobbin) But the worst is to run out of bobbin thread and not realized it. You are stitching merrily along and then you notice. And nine times out of ten you ran out a long time ago. I think the worst is when you are chain piecing and by the time you notice you ran out of bobbin thread about twenty-five pieces ago. So what's your quilting pet peeve?

14 comments:

Sunny said...

Yeah, that use to bother me. My machine beeps annoyiingly now before you run out. Mine quilting pet peeve would most likely be wavy borders.

susan said...

hmm, i do tend to do that way too much!that is probably my biggest argggggggggggg
i also hate it when i sew a seam down wrong.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

TOTALLY true. My machine is old and doesn't have a beep like sunny's. But I love my machine anyway. Though I wish bobbins were made big. That would solve much of that problem.

Gina said...

THe one that gets me is when you run out of bobbin thread and you've only got an inch or so to go to finish the quilt.

Love and hugs gina xxx

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Oh that drives me crazy too. I obsessively check my bobbin thread now to prevent that because it's so aggrivating when you're doing something tricky to begin with, only to find that it never actually sewed down! Someday maybe when my kids are grown I'll be able to get one of those fancy machines that beep. Lol* :)

AJ said...

I definately agree with you. I am never prepaired when it does run out.

Joanna said...

Ooooh that is the worst! Definitely my pet peeve too. And it always happens, without fail, right at the end of the project. Aaaargh! And like you, I will go on and on blissfully unaware. Glad to see I'm not the only one it bugs!

Sandy said...

Ok, running out of thread is one my pet peeves. I used to have a machine that beeped and I found that even more annoying. When I'm trying to do a long continuous line of stitching I put in a fresh bobbin.

Trick one - when winding a bobbin, go for a couple of seconds...stop the bobbin winder...mark with washout quilting layout pen...continue winding the bobbin. You have to have real good eyes to get this to work for you.

Trick two - Always wind two bobbins at a time. One bobbin goes where your thread spool usually is...the other in the bobbin case.

Does anyone out there have any more tricks?

Tina said...

Looks like you hit a nerve! I think a lot of people have that same pet peeve! I know I do!

Lou said...

pet peeve - when you've sewn the blocks into rows, and now you're sewing the rows together. The row matches point for point/corner to corner until the last block...do you fudge that block? Unsew the whole row and "spread-out" the mismatch on the theory that it will show less when it's a little at each point or a lot in one? Seems like it happens to me once in every quilt. One block gets stretched just enough to throw them off...

Jacquie said...

i'm so with you on that...just when you're in the groove, you look down and arrrg, been sewing without bobbin thread...hate it when that happens!

susan said...

actually i use mostly white thread so when i wind bobbins i usually do about 7 or 8 so i dont have to do them so often, then the biggest thing is just switching them out

MouseChirpy said...

I confess to being one of those obsessive bobbin checkers too, especially if I have been sewing on one bobbin for a lengthy period of time.
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Diane said...

Been there, done that! What I really hate is putting a quilt top together and noticing a block went in the wrong way.

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