Neatly starting and stopping free-motion machine quilting is something everyone should learn how to do. I sew on a high-end computerized machine, and when I was a novice free-motion machine quilter, I thought, “My machine has a “fix” button to tie threads when starting and stopping, I’ll just use that!” Well, I ended up with knots on the back of my quilt everywhere I started and stopped… you could feel and see them.
Next, I tried the automatic cutter on my machine. That worked great… no knots; however, then I had to clip all of those threads on the back of the quilt… hundreds of them! (The machine leaves about a ½” “tail” of thread when it cuts.) And, sometimes those tails would get tangled in the quilting, making them hard or impossible to cut.
This tutorial will show you how to stop and start your quilting while cutting the threads as you go. The end result will be that once you have finished machine quilting, you won’t have any threads to cut!