So I had a conversation with some friends about backstitching and who does it. One friend asked "What about when you're chain piecing, do you do it then?" That question turned into "What is chain piecing?". After explaining what it was my other friend was delighted to find out an easier way to piece her blocks. So I thought to myself "There must be others who don't know what chain piecing is, I'll do a tutorial!". So here goes.
Chain piecing is a way to piece your blocks, strips, whatever you're working on more efficiently AND it saves thread.
Stitch your first set of blocks together. When you get to the end, backstitch, or not. I personally always backstitch because I'm paranoid something will come undone if I don't.
When you're done with that block feed it through the machine, but don't pull it out. Raise your needle and your presser foot.
Put the next set of blocks in the machine and lower the presser foot.
Stitch this set of blocks, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end. Repeat this step for however many sets of blocks you need to sew together.
When you're done pull your blocks out of the machine and you'll have a chain of blocks held together like this
And a closer look
Just snip the threads and voila! I like to sew assembly line style and find this helps make things go much faster and definitely saves on not only the amount of thread I use, but also the amount of thread I have to snip off of the ends of my seams!
Oh, and one more thing. Don't do like I do and be in such a hurry that you forget to change your stitch back from a zig zag to a straight stitch. I put my 1/4" quilting foot back on the machine and forgot to change the stitch. This is what happens:
Do you see the tip of my needle just dangling there?
Try to keep some extras on hand for just in case.
Down to my last one! Can you tell I've done this a time or two?