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Aileen Armstrong posted on Tue, Feb 19 2013 6:38 AM

What is stitch a ditch tear away?

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Hi Aileen,

Actually these have two separate meanings. Sitich in the ditch is when you quilt into a seam so that the quilting stitches are hidden. If you have been recommended to use a stabilizer in doing this for your pattern, a tear away stabilizer is one that can be torn away after it is stitched through. I have never had to use a stabilizer when quilting a regular quilt, and don't know the circumstances that you would use one. I'd rather use a wash away anyday as they make them now in a tear away/wash away so that no filaments are left in the stitching. Hope this helps.  

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I made a quilt that had a huge insertion of biased edge where they recommended using a stabilizer for that piece.  It was suggested also that you just use a very strong starch to lessen the danger of stretching the bias.  I used neither, but also did not allow the weight of the quilt to pull the bias edge while I was putting the pieces together.  I had no problems.

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There is a product that comes by the roll, that's a stitch in the ditch tear away...a lightweight paper that can be used to reinforce seams and then torn away...or perhaps more useful for drawing a quilting design on and then stitching through the paper onto the fabric and tearing away.  It's heavier than tissue paper and lighter than copy paper.

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ls2116 replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 6:22 PM

I"ve used regular tear away sold by yard  drawn motifs stitched then torn away but I've never looked for it on roll.

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Kris replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 6:48 PM

stitcheraz:

There is a product that comes by the roll, that's a stitch in the ditch tear away...a lightweight paper that can be used to reinforce seams and then torn away...or perhaps more useful for drawing a quilting design on and then stitching through the paper onto the fabric and tearing away.  It's heavier than tissue paper and lighter than copy paper.

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I think you're talking about Golden Threads.

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No, it's Stitch & Ditch by ThreadPro...comes in a couple of different widths and I believe, a couple of different weights?  I've used the 8 inch wide and the narrow one that looks like a roll of adding machine tape, if anyone is left that remembers what that is... ;)  If you google stitch in the ditch paper or stitch & ditch paper, you should get more info.

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Kris replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 7:18 PM

OK I'll look for that. Thanks.

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