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Do you cut your thread tails as you go?
Or do you wait until the end?
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Date: 10/11/13 12:09 PM

I cut my thread tails as I go, which means after every seam, I have to cut twice (the top & bottom of the seam). This seems (no pun intended) to take a lot of time, but I worry that waiting until the end will result in a tangled mess of thread everywhere.

Any thoughts? What do you do with those annoying thread tails?

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Date: 10/11/13 12:33 PM

I cut as I go too. A lot of the time I actually pull the top to the bobbin side and tie them off... it's an old (very old!) school habit I seem to just fall back into, most odd as I'm all for shortcuts!
This reverse stitch on the machines is new to me since I started up again, not fully trusting it maybe LOL

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Date: 10/11/13 12:41 PM

I cut as I go, because too often--even having done that with each line of stitching--I find thread ends hanging off something I or dh is actually wearing. Imagine the hairy mess if I were not trying to prevent that as I work!
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Date: 10/11/13 12:49 PM

I thought thread tails showing proved we created the garment.

No? hahahaha

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Date: 10/11/13 1:00 PM

I cut them as I go, and I deposit them in a container. No mess and no big deal! It's a good habit.You get a neater project. Oh, and press as you go too! Nothing looks worse than an otherwise nicely made garment that you can tell the maker didn't press as it was in progress. Look at enough reviews and you will see this. Nice pressing makes a heck of a difference.

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Date: 10/11/13 1:23 PM

I can't stand all the threads that get dangling so I cut them as I go. On some projects that is easier said than done but I persevere...

I love Muffins idea of also throwing them away as she cuts. Mine usually end up all over me or or on the floor. One of the Fons and Porter show I watched recently had this tip of using a small portable water bowl for dogs as your thread receptacle. It folded up neatly so you can put it away when not sewing or if you wanted to you could take it to classes with you.

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Date: 10/11/13 2:19 PM

CAYG!

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Date: 10/11/13 2:54 PM

Cut as I go sitting at the machine with a small garbage can to the left for the cut threads. I can't stand to have threads loose all over the place!

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Date: 10/11/13 3:05 PM

I cut thread tails as I go and tuck serger tails as I go as well. It's the same as pressing as you go, one of those necessary evils.

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Date: 10/11/13 4:45 PM

I would say I cut as I go, but when I put this obi belt on this morning (made years ago!) I had to bite off a couple of dangling threads. :D
I don't remember seeing them when I reviewed.

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