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Old 11-10-2014, 10:55 AM
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I trim as I go. When I finish that last stitch I trim as close to the fabric as possible. I use the embroidery shears with the one paddle (I call it) shaped blade.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:55 AM
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Yes, you can use a tiny crochet hook to fetch out offending threads. It takes a bit of work but I've used this one Boye 13 [ATTACH=CONFIG]498353[/ATTACH]
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:58 AM
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Definitely! I would not want the show through, particularly if the quilt was made with a lot of light fabrics.

An extremely sharp pair of precision scissors makes the job so much easier. I bought a pair of Dovos for just such a purpose--worth the expense!
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:58 AM
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​Don't know why this came up as attachment but hopefully you can see how tiny the hook is.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:18 AM
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I have been told numerous times not to cut close to the material unless I have tied off the seam as they can wriggle and eventually will open the seam. When I first started quilting I was told always use beige thread and don't worry about threads they add to the warmth of the quilt so don't waste them. I do cut back to about 1-2". I do a lot of white backgrounds and have yet to see a dark thread showing thought. I try to buy heavier whites and not those thin ones.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:51 AM
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Thanks Prism99. I have one similar to that from some cheapo craft thing. Doesn't "like" going through Premium muslin, but will with some encouragement! It'll work for me!

Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
Possibly a very, very fine crochet hook? When I Googled, it showed the smallest U.S. size as a B/1 but I think I used to have a 0 and 00 a long time ago -- probably from some garage sale. I think these might have been small enough to go between fabric threads.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:22 PM
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This one is terrific - Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic http://www.joann.com/clover-soft-tou...c/2359024.html I have one and it works really well!

There is another discussion on this topic with other suggestions, here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t241358.html

Definitely try to remove as many loose threads as possible before sandwiching / sending out for quilting. They can show through the top. I do trim as I go and am pressing, and take a another look when pressing the completed top before sandwiching.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:57 PM
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I trim all of those threads if I am sending the quilt to the LAQ. It takes me forever. That is my least favorite thing about quilting. If I quilt the quilt myself, I omit that step and have never had a problem.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:51 PM
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http://www.nordicneedle.com/prod/6725.html This is a great tool ......
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:36 PM
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Like others, I trim dark threads around lighter fabrics. Otherwise leave most unless there seem to be lots of threads in one area then I try to trim them.
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