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armywife
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10:12 pm Feb 04, 2010

Is anyone using the Floss Lasso method for anchoring? If so, how long are you leaving the tail? It looks like just 2-4 stitches in the tutorial. I guess you don't worry about it and they eventually get covered with adjacent stitches?

Secondly, what is the minimum number of stitches to run the thread under before you tie off? I think I'm going farther than I should but don't want to risk not anchoring well with such a large project that will take a long time (and a lot of handling) to complete. This is my first SQ project, and I'm going to have to start doing the confetti soon (worked around it so far), so just looking for ideas to anchor and tie off that will hold securely. I really don't want to use knots. Confused

Thanks for any help!
Pam Stitching
emmadragon
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Location: Huncote, Leicester, England
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4:00 am Feb 05, 2010

Hi Pam,

I use the floss lasso method, and I usually leave a tail about 1/2 an inch long. I generally find that it gets anchored under subsequent stitches, and then I go over the back with a pair of scissors when I'm done, cutting off any excessively lng danglies.

When finishing a thread, I usually run under at least 5 stitches, but if there's not enough to go under, or I'm a bit dubious about the tightness, I do a loop around a stitch on the back - a bit hard to explain without pictures, but the thread runs under-under-under-under-and then under the same stitch again. I never, ever use knots.

Hope this helps,
Emma.
armywife
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7:16 pm Feb 05, 2010

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Originally posted by emmadragon
Hi Pam,

I use the floss lasso method, and I usually leave a tail about 1/2 an inch long. I generally find that it gets anchored under subsequent stitches, and then I go over the back with a pair of scissors when I'm done, cutting off any excessively lng danglies.

When finishing a thread, I usually run under at least 5 stitches, but if there's not enough to go under, or I'm a bit dubious about the tightness, I do a loop around a stitch on the back - a bit hard to explain without pictures, but the thread runs under-under-under-under-and then under the same stitch again. I never, ever use knots.

Hope this helps,
Emma.


Thanks, Emma. That does help and confirms what I was thinking. I know exactly what you mean about looping under stitches in the back. I thought I was being paranoid in securing it, but I sure don't want them to come loose, and I agree about the knots. I've never used them and really can't imagine it.

Thanks!
Pam
kmcecelia
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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12:20 pm Feb 06, 2010

I thought I was being paranoid in securing it, but I sure don't want them to come loose, and I agree about the knots. I've never used them and really can't imagine it.

A friend of mine uses knots exclusively--I really don't like the look, and then, of course, what do you do if a knot works itself loose? Very little extra thread to run through or re-tie.

I do not use the lasso method (I hate extra threads on the back of my fabric--they always seem to knot and twist on their own). I find that running my thread under as few as 3 stitches suffices to keep everything stable, as long as the stitches are not too loose.

Kathleen
Meredith
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1:42 pm Feb 12, 2010

Someone just recently emailed about this and a couple of other tutorials, asking what to do with the tails. I realized I omitted the last step in the process, which is to snip off the tail. And specifically with the floss lasso, I typically go on and take a few more stitches, then snip off the tail. Of course you don't have to -- you can leave the tail and let it be covered by other stitches as you go, but I have never had one come loose even with the tail snipped off, and this includes pieces that were hand-washed after they were finished.

Meredith
armywife
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4:14 pm Feb 13, 2010

quote:
Originally posted by Meredith
Someone just recently emailed about this and a couple of other tutorials, asking what to do with the tails. I realized I omitted the last step in the process, which is to snip off the tail. And specifically with the floss lasso, I typically go on and take a few more stitches, then snip off the tail. Of course you don't have to -- you can leave the tail and let it be covered by other stitches as you go, but I have never had one come loose even with the tail snipped off, and this includes pieces that were hand-washed after they were finished.

Meredith

Thanks, Meredith. So just the one stitch anchoring the lasso is enough in your experience? I can see 2-3, but wondering if just the one anchored stitch will do it?

Thanks again, and I love you patterns and the site. I have referred several people to it.

Pam Hargett
Alanna
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5:44 pm Mar 02, 2010

I always just secure with a few stitches first and then snip the tail off, no problems yet. Wink
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