19 August, 2011

Thread "Magnet"

I've been doing a considerable amount of machine embroidery lately. There is always a veritable mountain of threads after a day at the machine, usually they collect each other and roll around the studio like so much tumbleweed. Not anymore. I have found that a microfiber cloth* sitting beside the machine attracts and holds all those clipped threads! A quick shake-out into the trash can at the end of the day and it's ready to go again. Another indispensable item? A small, travel size, tape roller; it fits inside the hoop to clean up any snipping fragments during the appliqué step when trimming is required, works like a charm!

*This is not my own original idea, I found it on a blog somewhere but for the life of me can't find it now to give credit where it's due. Think of me as an information distributor.
Life is Good!

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9 comments:

Pat said...

Brilliant!

*karendianne. said...

see and I thought this was about my shirt and my pants

Janet O. said...

Keep those public service announcements coming.
Love the microfiber cloth idea, rather than wearing them, as karendianne mentions above!

LizA. said...

Hhmmm, I suppose it WOULD look better than all over the front of my t-shirt......which is where it usually resides.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Lint rollers (large or small) work well for de-threading before flimsies are quilted and after they are bound (not to mention when exiting the studio so others don't laugh at the threads stuck all over me).

Ann Marie said...

Normally all the threads are stuck to my shirt! Guess I will put some of those micro clothes to use, since I never use them to clean, always too busy sewing!!!

Janet said...

Great idea !
I still need to master the embroidery with applique technique so I'll get one of those little rollers out too!

Connie said...

I use one of the sticky tape lint rollers a lot, especially around the ironing board.

Nancy said...

What a great idea. I have been quilting 18" squares and there seems to be a million threads which I have been cutting and throwing in the waste basket but often I miss so this would be a great addition to my sewing area.....

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend...