#1) Unstitching takes several times longer than stitching, when you are quilting.

#2) Thread tension can look perfectly fine from the top, while being a hot mess on the bottom.

#3) Unstitching three times in the same area is frustrating.

#4) I don’t hate unstitching. But I’m ready to stop now.


24 thoughts on “Truths

  1. Thread crazy

    A bit late here but oh the frustration of ripping out….ugh…just finished my third quilt and had a similar situation. Beautiful on top and the bottom…oh my gosh…a big bundle. After ripping for quite some time, re-threaded and started again. Ugh, the joys of quilting! BTW…when binding this same quilt, my thread kept getting tangled and knotted. Oh my, I am so glad to be done with this quilt!

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      It got better because I stopped. πŸ™‚ I finished it yesterday, not without some more frustration.

      I found that the top tension had been pulled out of whack, though I’m not sure how. So I adjusted, tested, decided it was okay. Started again, ran out of bobbin thread… Shredded the thread again… Ran out of bobbin thread with only about 100 square inches to go… πŸ™‚

      And it’s DONE!!! πŸ˜€

  2. farmquilter

    Reverse quilting is definitely not my favorite thing to do either! Even worse than bad tension is when you quilt an 8′ border and then decide you can’t possibly do the same thing on the other three borders and spend 8 hours ripping out perfect stitching!!! Feel your pain!

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      Oh my, yes. I haven’t done that but too easily can imagine it. And really I don’t mind ripping (unstitching is what I call it — sounds less violent.) But doing it over and over… discouraging.

  3. The Novice Gardener

    Unstitching is the worst! It’s similar to alteration. Because friends know I can sew, they always ask me to alter their clothes. Oh, they offer to pay, but I hate doing alterations. It’s so boring! I’d rather make something new. πŸ™‚

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      I’ll alter stuff for Jim if it is simple. But anything complex needs to be done by someone good at it. And anything for me needs to be done by someone who can mark it correctly. That’s almost always NOT me. πŸ™‚


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