by Janus48 30 Dec 2017

I had an awful thread nest one day and no tool so I devised this one. I hope I can figure out how to add the picture. (No...that didn't work) So i'll try to explain. I got a single edge razor blade and two pieces of 6-strand embroidery thread about 12" long. I looped a thread on each side of the hole in the middle of the blade and then using the thread like handles I slid the blade gently under the fabric and moved it back and forth till the nest let go. It worked great and I wanted to share it with all of you. It's a 25ยข tool and saved a bundle!!! Let me know if it works for you.

If you really need a picture send me a private message with your email and I'll attach it to an email.
Happy New Year!!........Janus48


by sdrise 31 Dec 2017

What a wonderful idea!! Necessity is the mother of invention! Great tip!

by Sewmum1 31 Dec 2017

Great idea. I can see how handy that would be especially if your hoop is stuck in the nest too.

To upload a photo click on images then choose file to navigate to where you have saved your pic then click on it then click upload. Wait for a bit and it should show up. I usually resize my photos before uploading so they load quicker. Hope that helps. It took me a while to figure out at first as i was expecting them to upload instantly! That and i didn't click upload. I still forget sometimes

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mops by mops 31 Dec 2017

The picture should be less than 3 Mb or it won't upload at all. I too forget the upload button now and again. Fortunately there's the Edit button to add the picture after all (or correct spelling or typing mistakes or update the info).

by Leaha 30 Dec 2017

Remarkable case of necessity being the mother of invention. Great tip thanks for sharing. hug

by asterixsew Moderator 30 Dec 2017

\\\\\i use a scalpel some times and also something my husband uses when mending cellos. And Happy New Year too

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sewist1 by sewist1 30 Dec 2017

I use a scalpel also.

by 02kar Moderator 30 Dec 2017

Thanks for sharing this idea. I think it's great and will definitely save a lot of projects from those dreaded holes.

by pennyhal2 30 Dec 2017

Great tip!

I use a single edge razor blade when the stitches I want to remove are tiny and have sunk into the fabric. Can't get them out with a seam ripper, so I very very carefully use the corner of the razor to touch the thread gently sort of in a picking motion.. It's easy to cut a hole in the fabric, so I work from the backside. The thread is more on the top of the stabilizer and it doesn't matter if I make a hole in the stabiizer..

by sewdoctor 30 Dec 2017

Really good idea, thanks

by crafter2243 Moderator 30 Dec 2017

That is a great hint.

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Janus48 by Janus48 30 Dec 2017

Thanks...I almost didn't post it as I know there are companies out there who make money from their tools, but I just thought WE are frugal stitchers and need all the help we can get.