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Sewing with the Bobbin Thread

Oct 05, 2009
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Tucks or darts in transparent fabrics:

The desired effect when sewing tucks or darts in transparent fabrics, is making the end of the stitching clean, pucker-free, with no tail-ends of thread waving about. This is done by sewing with the bobbin thread.

When sewing with the bobbin thread, you are essentially folding the thread onto itself before sewing. That way, at the end of the tuck, the stitching line just-ends.

You need to think backwards when sewing this way. Generally when sewing a tuck or dart, you sew in the direction that it will end, and at the end, you back tack.


For this technique to work, turn your thinking upsode down–this means, you will begin the stitching line where you want it to end, and stitch from that point.

In this demonstration, the upper thread is yellow, the lower thread is red, for clarity.

To begin, mark your…

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  1. Sew4Drama October 5th

    Kenneth King is just the most clever guy - this is great! Can't wait to try it!

  2. User avater Kate_W October 5th

    I've have been wondering how to do something like this ... the instructions and photos are so clear. I think I can! Thank you!

  3. bijolly October 6th

    very clear and easy to understand instructions - thank you so much. Using the cloured threads helps too.... cheers.

  4. OnePrettyThing October 7th

    Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks so much for explaining it so well, and with so many photos. I'll be linking.

  5. User avater JGilman October 8th

    Once again, marvelous clear instructions and illustrations from a master. THIS is why I read the magazine and the website. Can't wait to try it. And, love UNDERSTANDING it.

  6. bobbysgirl October 12th

    More,more,more please Kenneth King. Fabulous technique, instructions and photos.

  7. madamquiltprez October 19th

    This is a trick that is sooooooo cool! Cannot wait to adapt it to quilting! Keep these ideas coming

  8. DiznDat October 19th

    That brought back memories. I was taught to use this trick for darts. I had/still have a Singer Touch and Sew Model 645. It has the wind-in-machine bobbin. I would wind the bobbin thread, not cut the thread and then start the point of the dart against the thread. This is fun because you don't have to start on a fold.

  9. Scarlett007 October 19th

    WOW!!! Clear as a bell; the colored threads made it even more so. Thank you for helping me work out something that had me stumped!! Keep up this fabulous tips!! Many thanks, RSB in Tucson, AZ

  10. ShoppingForRocks October 19th

    I too forgot about this little trick I learned as a teenage sewer. Thanks for reminding me!!

  11. User avater eatsallinsects October 19th

    I did this technique "about" 40 years ago! Thank you, Kenneth King for refreshing my memory!

  12. User avater jzuznme October 19th

    Wow! That is awesome... Thank you Kenneth! I never knew how to do that!

  13. luvs2golf October 20th

    Fantastic tip. Been sewing for 50 years and never have seen it before. Can't wait to try it.

  14. User avater gladrags October 20th

    So simple but so clever!! how did I never hear of this?

  15. Paws2 October 26th

    Awsome!!!!!!!!!! I will try this technique and please keep on giving us new sewing and designing techniques. Thanks...Paws

  16. cre8it October 26th

    I am so excited to try this!!! Thank you. this is an amazing concept to me... I've never heard of it before but it makes a beautiful finish. Thank you!! Great step by step photo's and instructions!

  17. jojoma October 29th

    Oh for pittys sake! That is awesome! Gotta try this!

  18. SAgirl November 10th

    One of the best tips I have read in almost 40 years, thank you

  19. nancybauer November 12th

    Thank you, thank you for the clear and concise directions. I can't wait to use this tip..

  20. homeecteacher November 20th

    I've never done this but am tucking (no pun intended) it away to use someday. Really great, clear photos and instructions.

  21. mami50 September 1st

    Something fantastic! excellent technique! I am so happy, but if I give advice as sewing, but you have to try, thank you Kenneth.

  22. barb2220 August 9th

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is absolutely fantastic.

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