Professional Longarm Machine Quilters
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Keep Me in Stitches by Julie Pettyjohn

Quilters' Journey and Tips

Threads Everywhere

You can't sew without dealing with cut threads. I've tried several methods to keep my threads in one place until I accidentally came across my favorite. I am a knitter, too, and one day I had a swatch I had knit in order to figure my gauge for a sweater project. I reached across the yarn swatch to place my threads in another spot, and the yarn almost grabbed the thread. I have used this ever since then. I don't have to shake my fingers. I just go close enough for one bit of the thread to touch the yarn and it sticks. It is also very easy to clean. Once it gets full, I hold it over a trash can and pull all the threads off in one motion.

Another method comes from Tea of Tea Quilting. I saw on one of her videos that she pins a piece of batting to her shirt front while using her longarm. It works just like my yarn and holds the threads in place. Combining my idea with Tea's, I am thinking I will knit a small heart or some favorite shape and pin my yarn on when I am using the longarm.

 

What is a fantastic method you have found to keep your threads in one place?

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