I keep all pieces of my quilt batting and roll them into a ball. When I am done cutting fabric, I just take the roll of batting and wipe across my mat and the cutting table. It picks up and holds onto all that lint and thread we have left behind.
Good tip, Jeanne. Thanks! And welcome to QCA!
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
great idea, thanks jeanne
gini in north idaho
Thanks for the tip!
Jaci – Streator, Illinois
I use a "lint roller" or "pet hair roller" to remove threads from the carpet in my studio.
These are the adhesive-type rollers that you can find in the grocery, box, or even dollar stores.
They also work on mats, too.
I stock up when I find them on sale.
hi judy, welcome. i never thought to use the lint roller on my mat, i use it for my design wall. love you avatar gini
Jeanne and Judy ,both of these are great tips .Thanks for sharing with us ..Barbara
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I keep a square of batting beside my sewing machine and another beside my longarm machine. I put black carpet in my sewing studio so I could find all the threads that fall onto the floor and am amazed at how few land there now. I use the lint roller to roll the surface of my quilts for loose thread and then after quilting to remove bearding.
PS great tools
My first impulse was to say "are you crazy??!!" Black carpet in a sewing room? And then I thought, I put laminate and it is a little cold on the feet so I had to put in an area rug for my little toes. Different strokes I guess.
I've never thought of using scrap batting. I'm going to have to try that. I do use a lint roller on my mat and on my quilt to pick up loose threads. I've found that using those microfibre dusting cloths work on the mat and sewing machine, too!
I'll be using your good idea!
I use a scrubbie crocheted out of nylon netting or a green 3M scrubbie for non-stick pans. They get all the threads out of the cut marks on your mat and make it look like new.
in the beautiful U P of Michigan
I cut leftover batting to about 5 inches square and I pin the piece to my shirt, below the shoulder. Whenever I'm longarming or just sewing on my regular machine, I just press the loose threads on there and it picks it all up. Once in a while, I will take off the threads and throw them in the wastebasket. A piece of batting that size will last for ages... no more threads on the floor.
and if you are like me, you will be seen downtown with a thready piece of fabric for a corsage!! A friend of mine was spotted with her scissors as a necklace.