|Hold the upper thread.|
|Either use the "needle up/down button" (on my machine it the one to the left of the scissor button) or use the hand wheel to move your needle to the down position while holding the thread.|
|Needle down, holding thread with the walking foot.|
|Needle down, holding thread with the FM foot.|
|Bring the needle up by using the needle up/down button or hand wheel. (do NOT stitch). See the bobbin thread is now on top.|
|The top thread is NOT in the quilt at this point.|
|Do the same thing with the FM foot, tuck the thread tails.|
|It's very hard to see that the beginning and ending have the tiny stitches that lock the thread from coming undone.|
|If you want to be VERY PROFESSIONAL, you can thread a hand needle with the thread tails and bury them into the middle of the quilt sandwich.|
|Voila! Very professional finish.|
|Of course you can just clip the threads really close, if your quilt isn't going into a show.|
|To lock/tack your stitches with a free motion foot, SLIGHTLY move your quilt for 5 or 6 stitches (just enough that the needle is not going back through the same hole). Then I clip my threads right away, so I don't stitch over them.|
|The back, no birds nests thread mess! Yahoo!|
P.S. The practice feather (in the picture above) is from a book called Hooked on Feathers. I will share more tomorrow.
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