Thread Saver

Robin Sruoginis
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Robin Sruoginis shares some ideas that can help quilters save time and frustration. Robin shows us how she organizes repetitive quilt squares for seaming and piecing. Then, learn how to make a simple thread saver out of a small piece of fabric to make sewing your quilt squares much easier and less time consuming.

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17 Responses to “Thread Saver”

  1. Mary Ellen Wilson

    I have found with my machine if I back up my machine just a stitch or two at the very beginning, I do not get that birds nest at the beginning of my sewing. Try it. I have a Brother Innovis.

  2. Pamela Wells

    Robin – Thank you so much for the wonderful tips! I will share it with others because they are so useful. Please share more tips or ideas :)

  3. Mike

    This is a great idea! I was struggling with this just yesterday. Save my seam ripper some trouble. Thanks.

  4. Joan

    This method is what I was told is called “leaders & enders”. Used for this and also used when you have multiple thickness and your project just slides along.

  5. Jenny in KS

    Great video Robin–very helpful tips for all sewers.
    Linda in TX, I LOVE my Janome too! I actually would have written everything that Linda wrote. My Mom taught me to use the thread saver many years ago, and it has been quite helpful to save thread AND to help avoid getting the ‘knots’ on the back of my pieces–pet peeve of mine too!

  6. Susan

    No closed captioned??? I tried to turn it on but there was no captioned. I’m deaf and don’t understand what the person saying.

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  7. Rita

    I’ve seen a few quilts but still consider myself a novice. The tips here are most helpful and I will definitely be trying out my next quilt. Threadsaver a great tip but even more I loved the idea of using my ruler to move pieces to sewing table. That was always an issue for me. It was one of those, that’s so simple why didn’t I think of that!

  8. Marlena

    I have been frustrated by these very things and so pleased to learn these basic techniques. Thanks.

    • Cheri Stuller

      Robin, thanks for the tip of staging to-be-seamed pcs on a quilting ruler – clever! I already use the “thread savers” (I know them as “spiders”) & they DO make a difference.

  9. Br. Bob

    Thank you for the “thread saver” tips – very helpful! Can’t wait to start making my “chain” of blocks. I was recently given a bunch of old house dresses from the ’50s – very retro fabric – I’ve cut them up and am making my next quilt from those. Great job!

  10. Linda in TX

    I just want to say that I am so happy to see that someone else uses Janome. I LOVE mine! That said, I knew about the starter piece, but never occurred to me, to use them to separate the blocks, or to end with one, ready for the next string. I also like the idea of lining everything up on the ruler, to take to the machine. Thanks for a great video, and tips on time-savers.

  11. snowbird

    I liked the tips you have shown in this video. I am new to quilting and you have shown me how to organize the way I sew. Very good advice. Thank you for sharing, I definitely will use your methods.

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