by asterixsew Moderator 09 Nov 2017

Mistake. I have spent the last few weeks with some virus that's doing the rounds in the UK so I haven't been my best. After sewing out the second dinosaur on the towel that I have been sewing for a friend I discovered I couldn't get the frame off the towel... I then found out that I had caught some of the towel. IF it had been something for me I would probably have given up and chopped it out but as it wasn't mine that option was out. So all 12,000 stitches had to be removed with care. Picture 2. The last picture shows that I achieved the removal and no problems. It took hours. Moral to this is check all carefully before starting stitching. Eventually I have finished stitching all the designs out on the towel. The finished results is in projects. Thanks for looking

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by Leaha 12 Nov 2017

Oh isn't this the absolute nightmare! I just finished doing this to a felt ornament and ended up having to cut the whole thing out of my hoop and pitching it. I just left the machine alone for a trip to the iron and my piece of felt folded over on the top as well as the bottom...sad. You are a saint to have the patience to take this un-embroidery on.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 12 Nov 2017

As the towel wasn't mine there was little choice in the matter

asterixsew by asterixsew 12 Nov 2017

PS hope you get a full stitch out of your design next time

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by sewtired 10 Nov 2017

Very impressive. What tool did you use to accomplish this amazing feat?

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

Small scissors, quickunpick, tweezers and a magnifier plus about 5 hours of time. Wouldn't have done it if it had been my towel

sewtired by sewtired 12 Nov 2017

I think we all feel for you. What a nightmare. I'm not familiar with "quickunpick". I'm going to google it. Thanks.

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by pennyhal2 10 Nov 2017

Good for you for sticking with this project just to make your friend happy! I just did this a couple of days ago when I got an apron strap sewn into the design. I thought I had everything pinned and out of the way until that tell tale time when I can't get it out of the hoop.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

What did you do to the apron? I felt I had no choice in the matter and knew I couldn't get a replacement towel

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by kustomkuddle 10 Nov 2017

All I can say is Woooowww. I am impressed not only by your skill at removing ALL those stitches, but also that it did not damage the towel in any way. Towels have got to be one of the worst at removing stitches! You rock! And the patience. Been there, done that too!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

welcome to the club and thanks for your comments

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by basketkase 10 Nov 2017

I, too, am impressed you got all the stitches removed....I have done this a time or two with sweatshirts, where the neck underneath gets caught and sewn.....I know the pain of this for sure, but you bounced back and got a great stitchout!!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

When I have done it on sweatshirts there have been holes left:((

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by spendlove Moderator 10 Nov 2017

I'm impressed by your patience and fortitude!

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by pennifold 10 Nov 2017

Well done Caroline, and I think you did a marvellous job. I hate unpicking stitches especially from towelling - you did good! Did you use an unpicker or one of those razor type thread removers? Love Chris

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

I used a small pair of sharp scissors, quick unpick and tweezers assisted by a magnifying light

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by mrskiki 10 Nov 2017

So glad to find another "unpicked"! I consider that therapy sometimes. I once stitched an untested design on the back of a denim shirt. It stitched great until close to the very end and then the design went very wrong. No reason, just bad digitizing. Long story short, it took me 2 years to remove all the stitches, including at least one toss in the trash only to be taken out and worked on some more. I just hate to waste. Redid the back with another design that covered 99% of the old area. Kudos to you for your patience. Hugs. Nan W

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

I'm impressed that you took two years. Had my friend not been hassling for the towels it would have taken longer as I would have given up for a while and totally given up if it had been my towel. Thanks for replying

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by zoefzoef 10 Nov 2017

Been there, done that.. but not un-done it

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

*4u for your honesty

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by crafter2243 Moderator 09 Nov 2017

You are amazing. Towels are miserable to unpick. I admire your patience. I hope you feel better and have kicked that nasty bug to the curb.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

The bug continues but hopefully is on its way out

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by jrob Moderator 09 Nov 2017

You may be the unembroidery queen. I can't say that I have an attention span long enough to remove that many stitches. My hat's off to you!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

Unembroidery queen I like that as a title. Didn't think I had the attention span either but over two days I succeeded

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by graceandham 09 Nov 2017

That towel would have gone to be a lawn mower cleaning towel at my house! I'm good for tearing out about 800 stitches or so, but not even that in toweling. You're a saint.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

If it had been my towel I wouldn't have carried on. Thanks

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by PeggyJ 09 Nov 2017

Oh my! I've done the same and there's only myself to blame. Now I run through a long check list. Some of you ladies have be at this much longer than myself, and your list must be even longer.
End result looks wonderful.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

Being more alert I don't think that it would have happened

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by babash 09 Nov 2017

Oh my how disappointed you must have been as the stitch out looked great. You did a good job to save the towel by unpicking all those stitches. Better you than me. I wonder why things always happen when they are for someone else.
Saw your completed work in projects and well done you.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

Thanks

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by mranderson 09 Nov 2017

What an ordeal.. This is why I do not embroider for anyone other than family, and then I buy the towels just it case something like this happens and I know where to get another towel. Unpicking is no fun and a nightmare especially on toweling. You did well.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

Under normal circumstances I don't either but this was a special request from a friend

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by dragonflyer 09 Nov 2017

I feel your pain...been there, done that!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

as have many others. Thanks

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by laurasomi 09 Nov 2017

Wow, i bet that was a heck of a job, but you did good taking all the stitches out,
hugs,
Gabi

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asterixsew by asterixsew 10 Nov 2017

Thanks

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