If you are a quilter who pieces on a machine, you probably do the same thing I do: load up several bobbins all at once so you don’t have to keep stopping to load. Am I right?
I do the same thing when I am hand quilting on a frame or hoop. No, I don’t load a bobbin, I load several needles with knotted thread. And, in addition to that, I usually will have at LEAST three needles in the works at any one time. In the picture above, you might be able to see the three needles I have going in the border of this quilt. They are circled in red. (Click on the photo to enlarge.) Because I usually quilt in a hoop now rather than a frame, my goal is to do as much stitching on what is currently in the hoop as possible before I shift the hoop to another position. So if I have several needles going at once, I don’t have to keep stopping to reload. I’ll quilt as much as I can in a straight line with one needle and stop, pick up another needle and quilt with that one, and go to the third. It seems to move me across the hoop much faster, and I don’t have to keep knotting, snipping, threading the needle, etc.
At least in MY mind it’s much faster.
From underneath you can see the corner where I’ve been working on the border, along with a few brass safety pins used for basting.
Do you have any tips you can share? We’d love to hear them!