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Frogging "tools" recommendations please!!

Old 05-08-2017, 09:37 AM
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Hi all!!

Well, one of my UFO's is a queen-sized Lone Star. And after looking at it (again), I am not only very unhappy with what I had begun in the great, big, open setting squares and triangles, I am also unhappy with the quilting inside the gazillion diamonds as well.

So... I had already known I was going to have to frog the setting squares and triangles (and was really dreading it, hence the reason it's a UFO). Now, since I'm going to frog the whole thing, does anyone use those clippers that look like beard trimmers?

Our leader in my longarm guild swears by hers, but I wanted some more input as well.

I know there are several different brands out there, and wanted a second (and third and fourth and so on...) opinion on these things. Are they worth the money??
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Old 05-08-2017, 09:58 AM
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I can't answer your question about the clippers but you can answer my question about frogging. What does it mean to frog a quilt? I've never heard of this before.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:21 AM
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I have used the trimmer and loved it - but if you get careless it will eat your fabric. Also, mine died within a year so I didn't bother to replace it. It worked very well on long strips but not so much small pieces.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:24 AM
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frogging a quilt, means to rip-it, rip-it.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by osewme View Post
I can't answer your question about the clippers but you can answer my question about frogging. What does it mean to frog a quilt? I've never heard of this before.
Frogging is when you unsew or rippit rippit rippit
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:35 AM
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I like cutting the thread every 3 to 4 stitches on one side and then pull off the thread on the opposite side. I find this works best for not stretching the fabrics. I use these dandy sharp little snips.image.jpeg
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I have never heard of rip-it/rip-it used as frogging. That is just to funny! Thanks for the laugh.
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I've used the clippers for at least 20 years. One thing I've started doing this year is move my quilt length stith up to 2.10. Plenty tight enough for patchwork but Much easier to unstitch. I haven't picked up my clippers in a couple of weeks.
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I bought the clippers for a really nasty ripping job, but they didn't work for that (removing about 30 yards of satin stitched ribbon).

I have used them a time or two on quilts, when I needed to rip a lot. I like them best for long seams, to me they are not worth if for smaller seams. So now I'll pull them out if I need to take off a border, or unsew rows.

I really hate dealing with the tiny threads that get left behind, but the rubber end of my hand ripper helps to remove them. Didn't have a lint brush last time I used it, but I did try using masking tape rapped around my hand and that helped.
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I personally love my Madiers seam ripper. Best i have ever owned, in 30 years of quilting. A friend uses an awl, pulls out a bunch at one time. I cant seem to get the hang of it.
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