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How to Unpick a Line of Quilting Without Breaking Threads

When I was quilting my Sampler Table Runner I had to unpick some of the quilting because in a section where I was stitching in the ditch, I missed the ditch.

Actually, there were a few times when I had to unpick so during one of those times Dave and I made a short video to show you the simple trick I’ve learned to help unpick or un-sew those areas without breaking the thread so that you can get back to a section where you can start quilting again.

Reverse sewing is not on anyone’s list of favorite things to do but I hope this video will make it easier the next time you’re faced with a line of quilting that just has to come out.

This technique also works when you’ve run out of bobbin thread or for some reason either the top or bottom thread has broken.

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  • MaryAnne
    May 22, 2015 6:14 pm

    Congratulations to Toni! And thank you for the link to read about her books. I’ll definitely be looking at the bookstore too.

  • Raewyn
    May 14, 2015 3:06 pm

    Nice and tidy, great tip!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    May 14, 2015 2:10 am

    How lovely to hear you Sue, your cameraman deserves a pat on the back too 🙂

  • Doris McCarty
    May 13, 2015 8:39 pm

    Disregard the ? Lol! My mistake, I need better glasses.

  • Doris McCarty
    May 13, 2015 8:38 pm

    Wow! That’s a great tip? Thank you.

  • Rachel
    May 13, 2015 3:28 pm

    Very useful indeed!

  • Christine B.
    May 13, 2015 3:16 pm

    Thank you Sue! That is a great tip and nice that you put it into a video to share! 🙂 x

  • Kathy h
    May 13, 2015 9:21 am

    Thanks for that information. It looks like it went smoothly. And not having all those little threads to pull out will save some time too.

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