Securing fabric using long, removable stitches. Also known as BASTING
A shape made of metal, plastic, or paper, used for making many copies of a shape or to help cut fabric accurately.
Thread is used to stitch our fabric wrapped pieces together. It can also be used for tacking or basting our fabrics to our paper templates. When I first started English paper piecing, I used whatever thread I had on hand for both of these tasks.
This is still pretty much the case today but over the years I have added to my extensive thread collection and a number of factors have influenced my buying decisions. I still use a variety of threads in my work, but my choice of which thread I use is now determined by a number of factors.
I try to match the colour of my thread to the fabrics that I am stitching. If I am stitching a dark piece to a lighter piece, I favour using a thread coloured to match the darker piece.
The threads I use most often are:
Gütermann Sew-All Cotton Thread (basting, piecing and appliqué)
Maison Sajou Fils au Chinois (piecing and appliqué)
Wonderfil DecoBob (piecing and appliqué)
If you are just starting out, I recommend using a 50 weight 100% cotton sewing thread which is readily available at most sewing and quilting stores.
Securing fabric using long, removable stitches. Also known as TACKING.
In EPP, fabric can be wrapped around a paper template and secured in place using stitches instead of glue. For paper templates with edge lengths less than 1-inch, the tacking stitches can be made through just the folded fabric seam allowances meaning that they do not have to be removed. For paper templates with edges larger than 1-inch, typically the basting stitches are made through BOTH the fabric AND the paper template. This prevents the paper template from falling out of the work before it has been stitched on all sides.
When preparing to quilt, thread basting is used to hold all 3 layers together to prevent those layers from shifting during the quilting process which can result in puckering (or folds) on front or back of the finished item.
A shape with 3 sides.