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by toogie ( edited 08 Dec 2019 ) 08 Dec 2019

Cutie's, when stitching on a blanket and using a design with knock down stitches, do you use same color thread on top and bottom/bobbin? Or does it matter?

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by jrob Moderator 10 Dec 2019

I try to because a blanket is looked at on both sides. If it's a decorative towel that will always be hung I don't.

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by lilylady 10 Dec 2019

How did you get knock down stitch to match your letters?

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by theduchess 09 Dec 2019

But what are knock down stitches?have never heard of the trerm?

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toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

Look at my pics I just put in Projects. If you click on the picture it should enlarge for you to see them. They are stitches that hold down a fluffy fabric so your design that you want to see won't get buried in the pile/fluff/fleece fabric.

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by AuntAnnie 09 Dec 2019

Always. Even when I did a monogram making the back reversed. Just keeps it looking more tidy.

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toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

I thought of that too.

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by sharonleekesner 09 Dec 2019

I use the same color as the item.

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toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

I did, my first time having a design with them. Look in Projects at the result.

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by stock 09 Dec 2019

for towels etc. i usually do the design then add a cotton backing with a frame design...wendy

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 09 Dec 2019

This is a lovely idea especially for baby blankets

mrskiki by mrskiki 09 Dec 2019

Great idea! Hugs. Nan

toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

That's a good tip, stock, thanks!

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by crafter2243 Moderator 09 Dec 2019

I usually do not do knock down stitches. I use a very fine tulle and stitch over that. It will tear of easily around the design.

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toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

That is good to know Angie. I will have to give it a try. Will it stay in the design, say if you did lettering, so it will continue to keep the pile down?

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 09 Dec 2019

I have used tulle too and it stays in the design. Don't use a really stiff tulle as it can be scratchy along the edges when removed

toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

okay thanks

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 09 Dec 2019

Tulle is great if you are not using a patterned knockdown stitch that will also add some dimensional interest to the design...It also depends upon how much "open" space there is in the design...if there is quite a bit, then the tulle will sometimes "poof" up and not be as "invisible" as it might need to be...

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by graceandham 08 Dec 2019

Hi Toogie. I don't have an answer for you, just wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Quilts.

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toogie by toogie edited 09 Dec 2019

I'm stitching with the knockdown like Kim said to do below. I think it will be fine. Same to you and yours!

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by dragonflyer 08 Dec 2019

To me it is a personal preference... Depending upon the project...but I usually match the color thread of the knockdown stitches to the color of the blanket, and that would include the bobbin thread too...also remember that your stabilizer will be stitched and really cannot be removed unless you use WSS stabilizer and wash it out after the embroidery is done....

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toogie by toogie 08 Dec 2019

Thanks Kim, I just read your pm. Maybe I will just skip the knockdown altogether...IDK....

vickiannette by vickiannette 09 Dec 2019

sound like very good advice.

mrskiki by mrskiki 09 Dec 2019

Why skip the knockdown stitches? I would use the same color as the blanket for KD and bobbin. Also I use WSS for all things like towels and blankets where you want the stabilizer gone. Hugs. Nan

toogie by toogie 09 Dec 2019

I didn't skip them, Nan. Look in Projects. My reason I thought I didn't have enough red thread to do a bobbin too. I also was short on WSS but I made it!

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