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Thread: Erasing stitches?

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    Erasing stitches?

    I saw this tip today. I'm wondering if anyone has tried it. It is a pain to tweezer out all the leftover stitches.

    After ripping out a seam, there are often little whiskers of thread that need to be removed before re-stitching. Now, I don't need to rip very often (NOT), but sticking them onto tape or picking those little tufts of threads one by one is simply a pain, and leaving them in and re-stitching is worse because they'll be stuck like that forever. These days, I simply reach for my eraser... Run (don't rub) the eraser over the whiskers and they'll come out of the material where they can be easily brushed away. I've been sewing (and unsewing) for 35+ years and this is the best idea since rotary cutters. --Marilyn Gore
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    Ohh, I like this idea. I'll be sure to try it on my next project! (LOL)

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    I just use one of those sticky rollers, works great for me! I just dab, not roll, otherwise you can pull lots of attached threads too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
    I just use one of those sticky rollers, works great for me! I just dab, not roll, otherwise you can pull lots of attached threads too.
    Ditto. That's what I do. But I do roll lightly and have never had a problem. I got my rollers at Target for a dollar and they have sixty sheets on them. I even use them on the carpet when I have a need. I don't use them on the whole carpet , just where my pins or small threads have fallen. Don't want people to think that I get on my hands and knees and go over the whole floor. BrendaK
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    Couldn't you also just keep a roll of masking tape handy and use that?

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    It seems like tape is not sticky enough so I am wondering if this eraser idea has some validity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
    I just use one of those sticky rollers, works great for me! I just dab, not roll, otherwise you can pull lots of attached threads too.
    This is what I do too. I use my ripper and cut about every 7-8 stitch on either the top or the bottom. Then I pull on the intact thread (on the opposite side that I cut the stitches) and it will usually pull out without distorting the fabrics and comes in one long piece. Then I use the lint roller on both sides to pick up the little threads left behind.
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    Sounds like a good idea and I can try it tomorrow as I had to rip out a lot of stitches tonight. Thanks.
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    Thanks for the great tip!

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    I read that also....I have used the eraser and it worked marvelously.

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