Never Fret Over Another Embroidery Mistake with Peggy’s Stitch Eraser
Embroidery is a craft which requires skill and patience to create beautiful designs. That’s why it’s so, so painful when you make a mistake.
Let’s say you look at your finished result and realize you made a typo on your lettering, or notice a color on your design just isn’t consistent with the palette of the entire piece. These situations can make you feel utterly hopeless knowing you have to scrap your design.
Wait, scrap it? No way! There’s an easy way to avoid all that wasted energy!
Today we’ll walk you through the best ways to get rid of stitches, including Peggy’s Stitch Eraser, a handy tool designed specifically to remove stitches.
For some types of stitches, you won’t need anything you can’t already find in your home.
The number one tip we have for removing embroidery stitches is: You should ALWAYS release the bobbin thread first no matter what the circumstances.
This can be achieved in different ways depending on the stitch type and your stitch removal technique.
For running stitches and satin stitches, you can feel safe using a seam ripper to release the bobbin thread on the reverse side of your embroidery. Gently cut the threads on the back first, then turn the fabric over and lift the stitches right out of the front side with tweezers.
When you’re trying to remove satin stitches with well defined bobbin thread, we recommend using an upside-down X-ACTO knife. Slice through the bobbin thread on the back, then use tweezers to remove the top thread from the front.
Things get a little more complicated if you’re trying to remove fill stitches and basically any larger area of embroidery.
Some embroiderers recommend using a disposable razor to shave away the bobbin thread on fill stitches, but we find this technique ineffective, not to mention time intensive!
Now, for more hefty jobs, we have just the tool for you: Peggy’s Stitch Eraser.
You may be thinking, “that’s a men’s hair clipper!” But before you even think about busting into the bathroom and trying to cheat the system, don’t even try it!
Peggy’s stitch eraser is designed specifically for removing stitches. The wide gaps between the teeth guarantee that Peggy’s Stitch Eraser will cut your thread effectively, every time.
Here’s how to use it:
Peggy’s stitch eraser is made for use on the bobbin stitches, NOT the front of your design. So turn your design over and apply light pressure to the bobbin stitches with your Stitch Eraser, holding the fabric steady with your fingers directly beneath the design you’re removing.
After you’ve cut the bobbin thread, you can turn your design back over and easily lift away the stitches. It’s as easy as that! Packing or carpet tape can be used to pull off any stubborn little stitches hanging onto your fabric.