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Thread: Clipping Threads Before Sandwiching

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    Talking Clipping Threads Before Sandwiching

    I have always 'cleaned up' the loose threads on the backs of my quilt tops before putting the quilt sandwich together or sending it out to be quilted. How necessary is this? It's so much extra work and makes such a thread mess all over the floor. I was just wondering how many of you do this.
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    I trim as I go, long years of sewing clothes, and have very little to trim after the top is finished. I do always check the back and trim the ones I missed. I don't stress over this though.

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    I do it, especially on quilts with light colored areas. Don't want any dark threads showing through after the quilting is complete. I'll admit, it's not my favorite part of the process and yes, it does leave a messy pile of thread.

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    I always trim all the loose threads I can find.

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    I try to snip the loose threads before I send a quilt out to be quilted. I found out the hard way that I should dod it when the quilt top is flat on the table or ground. I tried to snip a thread when it was up on my design wall and I cut into the fabric. I had to use some mending tape to tape up the hole. Thank goodness that fixed the problem.

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    When my mom was teaching me to sew cloths she taught me to always trim the threads as I went. She said the inside should look as good as the outside. I got in the habit then and it has carried through to my piecing. I hate loose threads on the inside of my quilts. I think if the threads are trimmed there is less chance of a dark thread showing through a light place on my top.
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    I always trim as I go. I don't want any threads showing through after it is quilted. When I use the long arm, I put the threads in my pocket as I go alone--clean quilt and clean floor. Saves a lot of trouble after the quilt is finished.
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    If the quilt is dark fabric I don't bother if it has light colored fabric I snip.
    Got fabric?

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    like delma said its a lot faster if you do it as you go, thats what I do as well

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    I always clip threads as I go, and then give the whole quilt top a once over before I sandwich it. But I don't obsess over it anymore.. the only places you really need to worry about it are where you have really light fabric. The rest of those nasty little threads will just get hidden in the sandwich and quilting.
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    If you're sending the quilt out, check with your quilter - some have very strong preferences for everything being clipped, others don't mind at all.

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    The longarm quilter may not "mind" if you do not clip the threads. If you don't care and don't want to pay her to do it, it's your quilt and your decision. I have had some clients bring in quilts with thinner light colored fabric and those threads did show through. I appreciate every client who has a top with all the threads clipped because then my work will also look it's best.
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    My thanks to all who responded. My mom also taught me to clip all the threads. She would say, 'neaten it up'. I just hate the job because I have threads all over myself and the floor. I liked the comment about doing it as you go. That's what I will do in the future. Thanks again.
    Kay Kuilts

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    I also clip threads. I try to keep it tidy as I go, but right before I sandwich I give it one last press and clip any remaining threads. I just go along with a pair of blunt edge scissors (so I don't cut my quilt, I'm really paranoid about that) while its on my ironing table and dab with one of those sticky rollers as I go...no mess on the floor!

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    I always iron my top right before I take it to the quilter. That's when I double check my loose thread. I usually find stray threads stuck between my blocks that I can pull to the front and clip or they just pull right out. I don't usually check the back because I clip as I quilt. I never even thought about checking the back and my quilter has never said anything to me. Oops! Maybe I'm suppose to.
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    if you do not trim up-keep clean as you go it is very important if you are sending it out- a long-armer may charge you more for the extra work of having to 'clean up' for you---i charge an extra $15 for this!
    when left they can show through be quite unsightly- they can catch and cause tears, or seams to pull apart- don't go to all of the work to create a beautiful quilt top to leave it unsightly/messy ...to save having to do it all after it is done make it a habit to clip/clean up as you go= if you check & clip your threads on each block as you complete it then as you construct there is very little left when the quilt is finished.
    i've had people bring me quilts they did not bother clipping- and telling me---'oh-don't worry about it-it will be fine' then when ugly threads show through in areas that are quilted= no way to get to them- they are upset (with themselves-not with me- who tried to warn them)
    the back of your quilt should be as neat as the front! take pride in your work.
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    I trim as I go and then check again before I sandwich just to make sure there are no frayed dark threads overlapping light fabrics.
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    One can put a small container near the work area to drop the threads in. Or do the lint roller thing to pick up the thread.

    I've found that a wire pet hair brush works well to pick up threads off the carpet - I try to avoid getting long threads in the vacuum cleaner.

    I do one last pressing from the back before the top gets sandwiched. Then if I find any iffy seams I can fix them right away. That's also when I try to get all those loose or longish threads trimmed or picked off.

    My Mom also was a "it should look good on the back, too" person

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    Are we talking about clipping the sewing threads, or the fraying threads from the fabric? I clip sewing threads as I go but fraying threads.... that could take FOREVER!!!!

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    I clip the fraying threads as well with my final pressing of the back of the quilt. It usually takes 30 minutes or so, and well worth the extra effort. Not the most fun part, but I believe it's important.

    Quote Originally Posted by oh munner View Post
    Are we talking about clipping the sewing threads, or the fraying threads from the fabric? I clip sewing threads as I go but fraying threads.... that could take FOREVER!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delma_paulk View Post
    I trim as I go, long years of sewing clothes, and have very little to trim after the top is finished. I do always check the back and trim the ones I missed. I don't stress over this though.

    delma
    i am with you on this, i trim as i go. yep it is a habit acquired from many years of sewing garments.
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