I have a pair of extremely pointy 4 inch long tweezers. I use them to get a hold on the thread around my machine needle (no more almost poked finger) and for retrieving the bobbin thread end (especially when pulling it through to the top for machine quilting.)
Other handy uses are picking up seed beads, getting stray thread bits away from the parts on my machine, and picking out those last few tiny threads after I've ripped out a seam (or two or three.)
I've used them to make sure my feed dogs are clean of lint that the brush did not clear. I've even used them to start a new spool of thread that had no end peeking out of the slot.
The extreme point and the 4 inch over-all length seem to be the features that make these tweezers the best multi-tasking tool in my sewing room.
Chews Landing, NJ
Thanks for the tip.
I found my tweezers at the beauty supply store but I've also seen them in drug stores and discount stores. They aren't expensive but in my sewing room they are indispensible. Just make sure they are long enough over-all and very pointy at the business end.
Diane ,I to have some long tweezers ,but I did get mine at a LQS , they just happen to have some . thanks for the tip . Barbara
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I don't know what LQS stands for... probably because I am new and haven't seen all the abbreviations and acronyms yet.
LQS is local quilt shop.
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My LQS did have tweezers which were long enough but the points were not needle sharp. With the more rounded and "chubbier" tips I found I did not have the control for picking up tiny threads and reaching under my needle to retrieve the bobbin thread.
The tweezers I have now are made for surgeons and people who pull out their eyebrow hairs one at a (painful) time. The business ends are nearly needle points which meet precisely.
Diane, ouch but that sounds painful just reading about pulling out eyebrows. but I do see the differnce in your then mine ,even though mine are still not bad . we have a big list on here somewhere that will explain all the quilting terms , I think its the dictonary ,you might check it out ,I still have to look up things at times ..LOL Barbara
Hi Diane and welcome to the group. LQS = local quilt shop
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Diane, you can find some of the acronyms here: New & Improved: QCA Quilters Dictionary
You can also find the long very pointed tweezers at hobby shops that supply model train and airplane builders. I have also seen them at Habor Freight in the past. Also, my favorite tool supply place: http://www.micromark.com/swiss-style-watchmakers-tweezer,6714.html
Excellent!! Stamp collectors also use long pointed tweezers with precision ends.
Great places to get fine tweezers.
Thanks for adding to my original posting.