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shortcake2012 12-08-2019 07:50 PM

Help removing embroidery thread
 
I had a quilt made for my granddaughter’s wedding and had their names and wedding date embroidered on the quilt. Unfortunately less than a year later they have separated and filed for a divorce. They gave the quilt back to me. The lady that made it embroidered it prior to sandwiching it and so I can’t access the back of the stitches. How can I remove it especially since the letters are rather thin. Thank you

donna13350 12-08-2019 08:21 PM

Just start with a seam ripper and cut a few stitches..since it's hand embroidered there won't be bobbin stitches to deal with. Use the seam ripper and a pair of tweezers to grab the thread and pull out the tiny pieces, it is less horrid than you are imagining! Just start and it'll be fine !

shortcake2012 12-08-2019 08:38 PM

It wasn’t done by hand it was done by machine

Gay 12-08-2019 11:50 PM

There is a gadget for this but is expensive, it's like a fine shaver. I very carefully pick at it with a seam ripper till the stitching is all gone, but be careful, as it's not hard to also cut the fabric. I would look at appliqueing something suitable over the patch later, depending on how it looks once the embroidery is gone, and washed.

This is the Australian company that sells the shaver, you may be able to get it in the USA, it shouldn't be quite as costly.

https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/peg...0volt-cordless

Murphy224 12-09-2019 01:57 AM

Doing it without access to the bobbin stitches will be difficult. If the names are in a corner, could you remove the binding and the quilting stitches, so you could access the back of just that area?
You may need a brand new seam ripper with a very small part that slips under the tiniest stitches. Removing machine embroidered stitches is tricky to avoid cutting the fabric, but can be done. Go slow, be extremely careful, and if you get frustrated, stop and put aside for later. Ask me how I know this.....lol
I am glad that you got the quilt back even if "restoring" it is a pain.

Tartan 12-09-2019 04:00 AM

I think appliqué might be the best solution. Even if you manage to remove the stitching without making a hole, the material underneath will probably need something over the needle marks.

QuiltnNan 12-09-2019 04:24 AM

I tend to agree that an applique would be the best solution in this situation. Even if the stitches are removed, the background fabric will be weakened.

Stitchnripper 12-09-2019 06:10 AM

It is a dilemma. I have been working on removing machine embroidery from a polyester knit shirt. My son changed jobs and likes the shirt and wants the logo gone. For that fabric even with stabilizer the needles have damaged the fabric. Don’t know if this would happen on quilting cotton. I’ve worked from the back with a lighted magnifier and it is not easy. Appliqué in this case not an option. I hope you can figure out a way. Let us know how it works out

shortcake2012 12-09-2019 05:04 PM

I tried to upload a picture but I’m no good at this stuff. I am trying to pick out which will be a really big job. I’d love to just put an appliqué over the top but it’s so heavily quilted that I don’t think it would ever look right.

QuiltnNan 12-09-2019 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by shortcake2012 (Post 8338267)
I tried to upload a picture but I’m no good at this stuff. I am trying to pick out which will be a really big job. I’d love to just put an appliqué over the top but it’s so heavily quilted that I don’t think it would ever look right.

If you put batting behind the applique, the quilting behind that wouldn't show


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