Here's a quick tip for removing threads NOW

Growing up we always had a wooden clothes brush handy. My mother would use it on our good clothes, sometimes before we were in them and sometimes after. It would take off lint, hair and other annoying specks detracting from our outfits. I even got one to take with me to college in an attractive avocado green, natch.

I have no idea where either of those brushes are now. I don't remember when but we all switched to sticky lint removers. I used to use masking tape or nothing at all after a while; once I cut my hair short I didn't feel I needed to brush my clothes.


A couple of months ago I ordered a brand new sticky lint brush from Peapod. It came with my groceries and I stuck it in my sewing studio. I had heard that it was good for removing threads from a finished quilt; now I don't remember where I even heard this.

I was dubious as I have chop sticks up there that were promised as good utensils for turning strips inside out. I have a vinyl spatula that I had heard was great at picking up the littledsc04753 threads after you used your seam rippers. Both of these turned out to be disappointments.

However, some things you hear are true. And I am here to reinforce this quick tip for removing threads NOW. I've even got pictures!

Once I got my quilt loaded on the Longarm I couldn't believe how many threads were left on dsc04754the top. Some were poking through seams and others just waving at me on top of the fabric. I unwrapped my sticky roller lint brush and started at the left end.

Wow, I hadn't done but a couple of feet and I was thrilled. It did a bang up job, first-rate! Look at all these pesky threads. dsc04755

It was so easy to take off the crudded up paper. I just unrolled until the perforated line and ripped it away. Voilà, a fresh new surface. 

Each time I turn the roller and expose a fresh section of the quilt, I roll it. I've even clipped off threads at the surface and then picked them up with the lint brush.

Did I saw lint brush? I mean thread picker upper!

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