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Thread: removing needle holes in fabric

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    I wasn't sure exactly how to word this topic title, but here's my problem:
    I am making a quilt for my new soon-to-be-born granddaughter, and I decided to put a decorative quilt stitch (about an inch wide) inside a narrow 1.5" border. Well, despite having done a 'mock-up' of it before actually quilting the stitch into the quilt, I decided (after it was totally done, of course!) that I hated how it looked.
    So, have painstakingly removed the stitches and have the needle holes in the fabric.
    What is the easiest method to remove these? I had thought I would wet the fabric, then press it.

    Any better ideas?

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    that's the only way i know how to do it

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    I think steam will do it. Also I think when it's washed it should close those holes up.

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    I always run the point of a needle or pin over the holes to close them up. Not sure how large of an area you are doing.

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    That happened to me the other day when I tried to FMQ some borders. It looked awful. I thought it was ruined but some starch and some steam and it was back to good. I presume they'll dissappear all together when it's washed.

    I also found out from these kind people that higher thread counts in your fabric can leave larger holes and that having a needle that is dull or meant for heavier fabric can also do that.

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    if the holes still stay, you might think of getting some grograin ribbon (soak it to shrink) and applique that down the border over the holes. or even could fold a strip of binding and stitch that down, mitering corners as you go around. should work well if it comes to that.

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    Wash it! It always works for me!

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    I have removed millions of stitches and once washed they have all closed up back to normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I always run the point of a needle or pin over the holes to close them up. Not sure how large of an area you are doing.
    I use my fingernail instead of a pin or needle. I find the point is too sharp and can snag the fabric.

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    Thank you for your ideas. I'll give them a try.

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    once the quilt is finished, quilted & bound- and laundered the holes should be gone.
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    I have always spray mist the fabric with water and then press it. Whatever method you use, I am sure that the tiny holes will vanish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by np3 View Post
    I use my fingernail instead of a pin or needle. I find the point is too sharp and can snag the fabric.
    I use fingernails too. I just sort of "scritch" it all over, like it's my cat's head.

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    I agree, steam or washing will close those suckers right up.

    I once unquilted an entire quilt for a friend. Yep. Now you all want to be my friend, dontcha? Anyway, when I was done, I spritzed the top with water, put it in a large lingerie bag (to prevent strings and tangles), and stuck it in the dryer for 20 minutes. When it was done I did need to press a few wrinkles out, but afterwards it looked brand new, like it had never been on a quilt frame.

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    If y'all are hoping to help the OP, I think her holes are fine by now. This thread is over 2 yrs old.

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    D'oh!! Fooled by a bumped thread, again! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    D'oh!! Fooled by a bumped thread, again! LOL
    Ditto! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    If y'all are hoping to help the OP, I think her holes are fine by now. This thread is over 2 yrs old.
    LOL I never think about looking at the date.

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    I miss them a lot too. The only reason I noticed this one is because it was on my list of threads I've posted in, and I didn't remember it. I found my post in it and noticed it was from 2011.

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    Years and years ago, when dress lengths on most were ALWAYS below the knees, I had to let down the hems on most of my clothes. I used white vinegar mixed with water to dampen the hem area then put a pressing cloth over the area and pressed away that hem line and all the needle holes. Before trying that now I would try on scrap.
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