I do a lot of chain stitching when I am piecing and love the time it saves me but I was frustrated at how long it took to cut them apart. So, I took an extra seam ripper, removed the top and stuffed it point side up into an old wooden spool and bingo! I had a chain stitch cutter. It works great and I made several for friends who still tell me how much they appreciate this tool.
Hmm I'll have to try this trick.
bevspeaks:bingo! I had a chain stitch cutter.
Bev, this is a winner! Did you post it in tips? You should.
Great tip. Thanks for sharing.
i think i need a picture, do you leave it standing up and run the threads over it? seems like it would fall over. or is the spool a big handle, i'm confused. i use the rotary cutter instead of scissors and it goes pretty fast, you just touch the thread to the cutter and they come apart quickly. gini
gini in north idaho
I saw a device that holds a razor blade for this purpose at a quilt show. I grabbed a sales pamphlet thinking I could have DH build one. I should go look for that...
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
Just saw one in a catalog or magazine, darn if I can find it...yours sounds easy and economical! Will keep looking because I know I saw it today or yeaterday!
I just saw one for sale at a QS. It retailed for about $18... Yours sounds way easier and more economical. I think I will try it. thanks for the tip
Angèle from NWO
Aha! found it in catalog, it is called The Gypsy Cutting Gizmo $13.95 plus shipping. YEP! You invented and shared a much better cutting device for us...MANY THANKS!
gini:i think i need a picture, do you leave it standing up and run the threads over it?
I am with you Gini, I can't seem to get a Mind Eye image of this. It sounds like a great time saver if I could see how it is suppose to sit and where.
thanks. I thought that is where I did post it but is there somewhere else?
I'll post a picture tomorrow. We are in the middle of some very bad thunderstorms right now.
bevspeaks:thanks. I thought that is where I did post it but is there somewhere else?
Sorry Bev, guess I'm having a lot of BSC moments lately.
I can "see" it and can't wait to try it out. Great idea!
To post this as a tip in the tips contest look for the thread QCA Tips Contest and post as a reply in the thread.