I see I’ve been negligent in posting. The upside is that I’m busy.
Every now and then I like to do a product review, and I was just working with this product today and wanted to share it with you. Clover makes it, and it’s called a Thread Pic. Have you ever had a quilt with a white or cream-colored background and a stray dark thread gets trapped between that light-colored top and the batting? Or trapped between the backing fabric and batting? I try to be careful and check the quilt top and batting as I go, but it’s not easy to check the backing as you quilt on a longarm… until it’s too late.
Well, today, I was cleaning up a quilt, getting it ready to go home to its owner. I do that for all my customers; I try to clean up loose threads and then package it up like a gift. I fold it up with the backing side out (showing) and put it into a gift bag with tissue paper. If it doesn’t make my customer feel special it sure makes ME feel like someone important!
As I was going over the back of the quilt, I found a stray black thread trapped under the ivory backing; it was about 3 inches long. So, I got out my handy dandy Soft Touch Thread Pic and pulled that baby outta there. Of course, I didn’t think to show you how to do this until after I was done, but I did find another small stray thread trapped on the front of the quilt.
What I have learned from using this pic is that you need to be careful with it or you will pick out more than a stray thread. What works best for me is finding a seam that is close to the loose thread. I don’t know why, but it seems to keep me from pulling up more than the loose thread when I get as close to the seam (or in the seam) as possible.
Being careful to nuzzle my way between the weaving of the fabric, I stick the Pic in there and work it around so that I’ve got hold of the thread, but not the batting nor any of the other threads that are part of the top fabric. The way I work it is turn that tiny hook around to the underside and wiggle it around until I’ve got the thread. Then I GENTLY pull it up.
You can’t see much improvement of the before and after in this next picture, but I swear by this Thread Pic when it comes to a glaring dark thread trapped and showing on a solid light-colored backing.
It’s a nice tool to have and I think it’s worth every penny.