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Posted on: 2/27/05 6:36 PM
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When you are getting ready to machine-baste and want to use an opposite-colored thread to stand out for removal later, just change the bobbin thread color. It is a lot easier to change than the top thread, and saves you time. It also makes only one side of the basting-thread-removal absolutely necessary, in case some of your basting stitches have been stitched-over and difficult to remove.

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MareeAlison said... (6/2/07 10:04 PM) Reply
Great tip. I like it.
Nancy Anne said... (3/1/05 7:54 AM) Reply
Thanks everyone, but this is actually not my original idea. I got this one from Sanrda Betzina's "sew perfect" show, when it was on. I should have mentioned it in the review- it has been a very handy trick for me.
meli88a said... (2/28/05 11:47 AM) Reply
i do this too! shows great minds think alike! :)
Sew it seams said... (2/28/05 9:15 AM) Reply
Nancy Anne, this is a great tip. It's always easier to pull the bobbin thread to remove a basted seam, so this makes it much easier to do. Thanks.
Ann C said... (2/28/05 7:53 AM) Reply
Maybe this should be another tip but I'll add it here since it's related. If you machine baste quite a bit you might want some machine basting thread. I haven't used it however I have seen it for sale on the web. It's less expensive, comes in XL cones of all cotton. Would be great on the serger. Perhaps machine bobbins could be wound with this and used when basting time comes around.
SewTwin said... (2/28/05 2:51 AM) Reply
Nancy, I love this idea! This is in the "why didn't I think of that? Category.Ijust took out something 3 times on black slink,with of course black thread.Blind now, but I got it.Wish I had used yellow, or white on 1 side.Won't do that again!
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