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Posted on: 1/20/08 4:47 PM
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I just had a big ripping job to do, which I accomplished with one of those scalpel-type thread rippers. But it left a huge mess on the fabric, which even the adhesive tape-type lint roller didn't pick up, mainly because much of the thread was still anchored in the fabric. Picking the thread out by hand was a pain, and slow, and my fingers just weren't doing that good a job anyway. Using a clean eraser (in this case, one of those retractable erasers called a Clic Eraser), I rubbed my way down the seam, pulling up threads all along. Then the lint remover picked up all the loose threads. I imagine one of the stubby Pink Pearl erasers would work, and maybe dishwashing gloves would also do the trick--at any rate, something that has "grip" is going to work way better than your fingers!

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selvage said...
Very helpful--I'll have to try it. I have at times resorted to using tweezers or forceps to spare my tired fingers, but those are just as time-consuming as picking out the little threads by hand.
3/11/08 1:21 AM
nancy2001 said...
Great tip. Thanks
1/22/08 1:54 PM
Patzee said...
Now this is a tip I'll be using every time I sew! Thanks!
1/21/08 11:47 AM
MarionP said...
Can't wait to try this tip!! OOOPS.... Did I just jinx my next project?? :>
1/21/08 10:04 AM
JanyceR said...
Great Idea! I hate picking out those little threads! Thanks for sharing this great tip
1/21/08 0:10 AM
Enid E said...
Wish I had this tip yesterday...I had a BIG rip out! Thanks, for the great tip!
1/20/08 9:32 PM
KempCorr said...
Great inspiration - thank's for sharing it !
1/20/08 5:27 PM
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