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Tips & Techniques > Avoiding thread whiskers on finished edges

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Posted on: 7/3/05 9:09 AM
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I hate trying to eliminate that last little 1/32" thread end that can ruin the look of topstitching at the center front or hem edge of garments. It's much easier to conceal if you start the topstitching about 3/8" away from a finished edge with your machine set to backstitch. You'll stitch backwards to the edge of the garment, then forward to complete your line of topstitching; at the other end, you'll stitch to the edge, then backstitch. Trim the thread on the right side of the garment first, then give the back-side thread a little tug befor you trim it, so that the front thread is pulled to the inside of the garment. When you trim the thread ends, they won't be right on edge of the garment where you can never get them completely trimmed away.

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Oopsy-Daisy! said... (7/4/05 3:45 PM) Reply
Excellent tip!
Twinkster said... (7/4/05 8:08 AM) Reply
Very clever tip. I will put this one to use right away!
Miss Fairchild said... (7/4/05 8:03 AM) Reply
Great tip! I was fighting with thread whiskers yesterday. Now I know what to do! Thank you.
meanjean said... (7/3/05 11:27 AM) Reply
Great tip. I was struggling with this problem just this morning and made a mental note to get some advice on how to deal with the problem. Thanks!
 
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