Monday, March 17, 2014

My most hated tool

    I am not sure why, but lately for every stitch I make, I am ripping out twice as much. I do not have a seam ripper that I like. I have tried a bunch, but they all are a pain. They need a thinner point to slip under stitches easier and are easier to hold. What would really help is not having to use one at all.

Not as easy as the delete key
     One item I have had an incredibly awful time with is FMQ the Big Leaf quilt I made. No matter what machine, what thread, what needle, it kept skipping stitches. Finally, I washed it to get rid of the spray basting (June Tailor which I never use), and it quilted better, but some of the batiks keep shredding the thread. Lots of ripping and muttering.
Still not done

    Just a note to think about: the Hands2Help Challenge from Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. The button is on my sidebar, and I will be a guest blogger in May detailing the Exploding Squares quilt for you.


Peg said...

I agree about seam rippers - I find a nice sharp blade from my hubby's construction razor knife does the best job.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I can just see myself cutting my finger with a blade and bleeding all over the fabric! One of my quilt friends has an electric seam ripper, works kind of like a shaver.

Mechelle said...

Clover brand seam rippers have a tiny point - the only ones I use!

Linda Swanekamp said...

I will have to look for a Clover one, I need all the help I can get!

Sally in WA said...

My favorite hated tool is by Seam Fix. It has a cool rubbery end to help pull out the bits of thread that are still in fabric. I have a couple of them. Plus it is easy for me to grip.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Got to look and see if I can find a Seam Fix! Love the idea of something to get rid of those thread pieces!