I learned my basting technique here and the same lady does the piecing here with Katherine Ringo. I really like both techniques and chose this out of several videos.
My tips: the bigger the bite that you take the more that your thread is going to show. Also, when I am sewing one side, even when I can sew up the next side continuously. I like to knot it at the corner before continuing on with the sewing. I found that if I just continuously sewed different sides that the thread loosens.
I like threading with cotton thread. I agree with Katherine on her youtube video about the length being no longer than 18 inches to decrease knots.
I chose to use cardstock, and I am really enjoying that. I like the stiffness. I haven't tried plastic templates. I also know that MIL uses magazine paper. It seems to work for her, but I haven't tried that either. Cardstock seemed to work, and I stuck with it. I love sewing while watching and listening to the tv, and I take it with me.
It's funny that I was scared of this, and it's easy. I wouldn't say fast. It takes a couple hours to complete one double ring. I have sped up a little, but not that much. Happy sewing!
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