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Old 01-15-2015, 09:11 AM
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I have a white and red quilt top and I am trimming the red threads from the back of the quilt top as best I can. They just keep shredding….arghh. I am worried they will show through.

Any advice? What do you do, and how much do you trim?
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:21 AM
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Personally I get the back as "clean" and thread free as possible. I use my embroidery scissors. When I take the top to my favorite LAQ she tells me she wishes all of her clients would do likewise. It is time consuming but well worth the effort. I hate to see a thread trapped under a top I worked so hard to make.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:31 AM
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Important...do not pull on them. If you pieces are not exactly on the straight of grain you run the danger of having a too small seam allowance left. Trim off as many long threads as you can before sandwiching. Are you using a dark or light back? If your back is light, stray threads show up more. If I find a loose dark thread after quilting, I take my tiny crochet hook and pull it out.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:15 AM
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This is a problem, especially when have a two colored quilt of light and dark. It has helped me to starch, starch, starch before cutting. Also, I too trim the ads when top is finished. Good luck. Sometimes we see things others do not. As it has been said her before we are usually our worst critic.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:18 AM
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I've had that problem too. It is easy to get the seam allowance too narrow. When that happens, I double stitch the seam, then, stitching on the seam allowance only and using a short stitch length, I stitch again. It's a pain in the ole patootie, but at least I feel secure that the seam won't come apart.
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