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2 ways to manage loose threads with tools from Clover and UNIQUE

 

Welcome back for my last blog of the week. Over the last three days I demonstrated a few interesting ways to use the Komfort KUT Slash-N-Circle Ruler – 9⅞”x 12½”, such as cutting curved pieces of fabric that we learned yesterday. There are so many other ways to use this ruler and I wish I had more time to show you. However, I encourage you to use this ruler and have fun with it.

Today, we are going to look at two tools that help to manage loose threads: the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic to remove those loose threads caught underneath your finished quilt, and UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop – 2 fl. oz to prevent threads from unraveling when you embroider.

Let’s get started with the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic.

 

A packaged Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic.
A packaged Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic.

 

On a few too many occasions while quilting, I noticed that under the quilt top there’s a rogue piece of thread. In the past, I would fight with a flat pin to try to get it out, but now I use a thread pick.

 

Located rogue thread hiding under a quilt top
Located rogue thread hiding under a quilt top

 

For those of you who are worried that the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic will leave a hole in the quilt, you have nothing to worry about as the shaft of the thread pick is finer than a sewing needle.

 

The Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic shaft size is smaller than a 90/12 sewing needle ensuring that no holes are left in the quilt top.
Comparing the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic shaft size to a 90/12 sewing needle

 

If you look at the above photo, you see that the thread pick has a very small hock at its tip. When you insert the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic in the quilt top, it’s important that you do so close to where the rogue thread is located. You must slowly try to catch the thread with the thread pick. Don’t be surprised if it takes a few attempts to hock the thread and pull it out. You may also want to have a pair of tweezers ready to help when the thread is out far enough to grab and pull out.

 

The Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic is a tool that you use to pull out a rogue thread from under a finished quilt top.
Slowly pull out the thread from under the quilt top.

 

Now that the rogue thread has been removed, it’s time to go on to another must have product, UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop – 2 fl. oz.

 

A bottle of UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop - 2 fl. oz.
UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop – 2 fl. oz

 

I’ve primarily used Fray Stop when doing embroidery work. It’s particularly useful when you cut the thread a little too close and you can tell that the thread, if pulled, will unravel and cause a lot of damage.

 

An embroidered letter E is starting to fray. UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop - 2 fl. oz.
Embroidery piece starting to fray

 

You only need to add a small drop and wait 15-30 seconds for it to dry. Once dry, it doesn’t leave a mark. But make sure to follow the product’s directions.

 

A drop of UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop is all you need to stop the thread from fraying on an embroidery piece.
Apply a small drop of Fray Stop.

 

UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop can also be used where fabrics are starting to fray, or to prevent further wear after fraying.

Using  Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic and UNIQUE creativ Fray Stop – 2 fl. oz to manage loose threads is key to the success of your projects. Always keep these essential tools close by and handy.

My week of blogging is now over. Come back next week for a new creative quilting topic!!!

Have a fun weekend!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Cutting curved pieces of fabric for an Easter quilt

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

3 Comments

  1. Cecilia

    Great tips! Thank you!

  2. Anita Jude

    awesome tips thanks

  3. Cathie Scanlon

    Thanks for the tips. I never thought to use Fray Stop on the embroidery thread ends!

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