Do you waste a lot of time picking pieces of thread and lint off of your fabric – only to somehow find it back on the fabric a few minutes later? This was my story. 😦
Threadcatchers that hang near your machine are great, but I was gathering these threads at the sewing machine – and at the cutting board, the ironing board, and the design wall! Last week I had a small epiphany and decided that a little bag, lined with batting, would do the trick, especially if I pinned it directly to me! This way, it’s always handy – whether I’m at the sewing machine, the cutting board, or the ironing board. The threads cling to the batting where they wait till I’m ready to empty the basket. I can easily scoop out a thread ball and toss it into my garbage pail. I don’t have to worry about cleaning out the basket thoroughly – those threads aren’t going anywhere.
One thing I will change if I make another will be to use flannel lining rather than batting. The batting is a bit bulky and almost too ‘sticky’.
Also, I have a vague memory that I may have seen something like this at a quilt retreat a few years ago. In which case, why didn’t I make one sooner! 😦 I’ve been using it for a week now, and it’s working great. If I forget to pin it on when I enter my sewing room, I miss it right away.