Back in the Saddle: Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – Pulling Up the Bobbin Thread

January 26, 2016

It’s been so long since I’ve checked in with you via my blog!  But as of today, I’m back in the saddle again.

My mother called this morning after I got the kids off to school.  Our conversation went a little something like this:

Mom: “Where’s your Tips and Tutorials Tuesday blog post?”

Me: “Well, you know I was taking a little break, Mom.  I was wiped out after the holidays, and then I had to potty-train E so she could start pre-school this week, and–.”

Mom: (cutting me off) “Enough break time!  No one’s going to read your blog anymore!”

Me: “Well—–”

Mom: “Today.  Get that post up today!”

Me: (sheepishly) “Ummmm. OK, Mom.”

No one likes to get scolded by their mom first thing in the morning.  And she’s right, I certainly have had enough break time– E has started pre-school, and I am ready to go! That is, if anyone is still out there reading this (other than you, Mom).

As of today, I will start posting Tips and Tutorials Tuesday posts each week again for bloggers to link up and share their ideas and tutorials with everyone (see the link below).  Also, I am going to begin categorizing and posting incoming Tips and Tutorials that have been linked up on this page. You can find the tab for Tips and Tutorials at the top of my blog. It will make it easier to search for the wonderful posts if you want to go back and find something awesome you remember reading about. (sidenote: So if you are linking up your post with me, you are agreeing to have your post linked on that page).

Please feel free to link up multiple posts!

Now, in the meantime, here’s my little tip for you today:

Bringing up the Bobbin Thread Quickly Before Quilting

Whenever you are free-motion quilting, whether on a domestic or a longarm machine, it’s important that you insert your needle, rotate it all the way down and back up, and pull up your bobbin thread.  This helps avoid thread nests on the back of your work. However it can be irritating to have to move your fabric, or the hopping foot out of the way to pull up the bobbin thread! (I mean, really, who has that kind of time in life???)

So here’s how I do it. The quick videos below show you on a longarm and on a domestic machine.  It’s the same principle in each.

On a longarm:

On a domestic sewing machine:

I’ll see you soon with something pretty to share!

Late Night Quilter





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  • Reply Patricia January 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Great tip. Always listen to Mom!

  • Reply Helen January 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Good advice . I’m hoping to fmq tomorrow X

  • Reply cheryljbrickey January 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I’m excited for this linky party to be back 🙂

  • Reply Gayle Fahrion January 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Okay, that is something i have never seen. Can’t wait to get home from work so I can try it. Thanks

  • Reply faithandfabric January 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Love that your mom got involved! I’m 37, and still manage to turn into a 7 year old every time I get a (much deserved) adult scolding from her.

  • Reply Lana January 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    YAY! Welcome Back! Sugar Land has missed you!

  • Reply Lisa January 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Great to have you back Stephanie. I’ve never seen this technique either so I’m grateful!

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Hooray! I have definitely become a better tip and tutorial writer because of your link up, so I have quite the backlog to link with you today. I am excited this is going to become a regular feature again; I really think it is fantastic for the community. 🙂

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Oh my goodness – why did I never think to use that top thread to just swipe it through and pull up the bottom thread??!!!! That’s so simple and genius. I always kept my little stiletto tool handy to grab the bobbin thread. Can’t wait to do this instead.

  • Reply carrie Wikanderr January 26, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I do have a tip but I’m not ready with a blog post on it, so I will wait until next week. In the meantime, I’m glad you are up and running.

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts January 26, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Great tip!! Definitely will give this a try.

  • Reply Tammie January 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I like that tip! Thank you!

  • Reply Jayne Willis January 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I have to agree with Mom!! Welcome back!

  • Reply Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge January 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for getting the link-up up and going again! And way to go on the potty training! 🙂

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