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    Cutting threads

    Just wondering do most of you cut the extra loose threads that come
    on the back of your quilt as you go along making the quilt, or do you
    save the major cutting of loose threads to the end right before having it
    quilted or quilting it yourself?

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    I cut after I press each seam.
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    ​I cut as I go along and then check it over again before sandwiching.

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    I have a tendency to cut as I go.
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    I cut as I go along, long time habit from home ec days! So much easier for me. Do double check when I press to be sure I didn't miss one somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I cut as I go along and then check it over again before sandwiching.
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I cut as I go along and then check it over again before sandwiching.
    So do I. (My so do I answer was too short for it to post. But that was all I needed to say.)

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    I cut as I go, can't imagine cutting later, what a boring job that would be. I am constantly checking out the quilt top and pull threads and cut them. My teacher said to use a lint remover to roll over the top before quilting it to make sure it is spotless.

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    Yep, cut as I go here.

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    I don't bother with the threads unless I'm using white fabric then I cut every one. Once layered the threads are of no importance, if there are not. I do most of my machine quilting and never had a problem leaving the threads on the back of the quilt top.
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    I trim them as I go - much less boring!! And I also run a lint roller on the right side before sandwiching to get all those little threads that always seem to stick to everything..
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    Am I missing something here? My machine clips threads for me as I sew. After I quilt a quilt I wash it (this brings up a lot of loose ends) and go over it searching for loose ends. I can't imagine taking a quilt out of the machine to clip a thread I've just sewn. That would take way too much time. Yes, it is boring to clip all at once, but that is better than interrupting my quilting "flow".

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    I don't have many any more as I try to strip piece and use my next block as my leaders and enders, but I do clean up my blocks as I press them. I left one until it was done and it was boring, plus the threads were caught in other seams.

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    When sewing other stuff (home goods, garments), I just left that part till the end because most things would get snipped off in the construction process. But quilts have a lot more threads! Finally, on the last one (of the few I've made), I trimmed them all as I went along -- pieces, rows, quilting lines, the works. Much easier!

    If I have ends I want to run in instead of snipping, I'll mark those with a little safety pin so I don't miss them later.

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    I cut as I go

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    I cut as I go along.

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    I am not a neat nick by any standard .. but when it comes to sewing/quilting it makes me crazy to work on an untidy block.. so I trim threads through out the process.

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    I cut as I go, but then when I press my block I wonder if the block is playing games with me, because there are still random threads.

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    I trim threads as I go and yet there are still some to trim later. I think they must grow while I'm not looking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I don't bother with the threads unless I'm using white fabric then I cut every one. Once layered the threads are of no importance, if there are not. I do most of my machine quilting and never had a problem leaving the threads on the back of the quilt top.

    Same here, never had a problem.

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    I cut as I go and check for any I missed when I press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokanequilter View Post
    I trim them as I go - much less boring!! And I also run a lint roller on the right side before sandwiching to get all those little threads that always seem to stick to everything..
    Me too! I also check the pressed seam side for any wayward threads or lint. Dabbing with the lint roller works well run the lint roller over some of the pressed. There is nothing worse than having a dark spot from a loose thread or lint blob showing through when using white, cream or pale fabrics.

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    I cut as I go, but don't really have that many to trim because I tend to chain piece as much as I can. It saves thread and time.
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    Sierra,
    I was referring to all the threads on the back on the pieced quilt before it is quilted.
    Loose threads come from the sides of the pieces of material.

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    I trim the threads as I go before pressing the blocks.
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