Yikes! What do I do when there is a thread trapped under my quilt top?

Sometimes I am very pleased when I am sewing. Other times I wonder what crazed maniacal quilter messed things up for me. The unfortunate truth is that I am the only quilter in the house so that crazed sewist who made the mistakes is always ME!

a a a meI was all happy that I had finished my Pulse quilt top. I pressed it, made the back, pressed that and put it all on the Longarm along with the batting. That's when I saw it.

A thread! A big obvious thread. Yikes! What do I do when there is a thread trapped under my quilt top?

How did I miss that? It had to have been there when I was smoothing down the quilt. And for goodness sakes I just quilted around it!

I thought no problem, someone else must have made this mistake before, right? So I googled it. I typed in "what do I do when there is a thread trapped under my quilt top?"

I got all kinds of results about quilt tops, thread and how to quilt. Apparently I am the very first person in the world who has ever made this bone headed move.

So I just made up what to do. First I took a thick safety pin and poked by the thread. You can see the hole in the picture.thread re 1

Then I took a tiny quilting needle with thread attached. Last thing I needed was to lose a needle in there. Then I poked the needle in the hole.

I wiggled that needle all round until it finally did catch the thread in the middle. By this point I was nervous and sweating. I was afraid I would never get it out.

I drank some water and went back at it. Slowly and painfully I got the needle with the thread nearer and near to the hole. Once I lost it completely and had to start over.

Then suddenly, it worked. I was able to pull out a piece of the thread that was doubled up. I was ecstatic.

thread re 2I pulled it out slowly, I didn't need it to break. I took a picture right before I pulled the last millimeter out.

I did it! Even though I was incredibly blind and didn't see the thread in the first place and even quilted around it, I got it out. I messed up and I fixed it!

Stay tuned, who knows what mistakes I will make next week.

Sew happy!

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