Friday, September 12, 2014

It Takes Just a Little Bit

What’s little, but is big? It is leaders! Those itty bitty bits of fabric you’d probably toss into the trash will make a big difference in your quilt making! When sewing, using a “leader” is the first step in making the perfect seam! At least, with a leader, you’ll have a head start making it perfect. Certainly, sewing straight is the major seam “perfect-maker”! Anyway, without a leader, when you immediately start sewing pieces together, you’ll end up with a not-so-nice cobweb of thread on the back side.

Extra thread = extra bulk

Without a leader, the only other way to prevent this cobweb look is that you must hold both top thread & bobbin thread at the same time as you start sewing. I’d rather leave the job to my leader and hold my fabric pieces in place.

You don’t need much fabric to make a leader...

The only time you don’t need a leader is when you are continually sewing piece after piece.

SO, before you cut those threads, stuff the leader (used now as an ender), stitch a bit, then cut your threads! You will also save yards and yards and yards of thread over the course of creating a quilt!


  1. Can't wait to try this. Makes sense to me. I like saving thread.

    1. Good deal! It does make starting the seam much smoother as well!


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