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Burr in thread path

sewfar | Posted in General Discussion on

My thread has been fraying…very frustrating and I think I have it traced to burr the last thread slot before the needle. Anyone have any suggestion as to what I could use to get in there and smooth it. It doesn’t need servicing otherwise and I am good at doing my own but I can not figure out what could slide in that area besides thread, My other alternative is to use the slot on the other side but I forget and I do use both slots for twin needle stitching. Breaking a thread in a twin needle stitch is even more maddening !! Thanks


  1. mygaley | | #1

    I have had good results smoothing burrs with a sandpaper product called "jeweler's cloth". This is very fabric-like and you can cut a strip 1/4 in wide and as long as you need to reach into tiny spaces. I would try a serious hardware store or a home repair store. God bless you Galey

    1. sewfar | | #2

      Thanks for reminding me about the cloth. I used it years ago for another hobby and I had forgotten all about it. I am sure that it will not be as easy to find now.
      So many handy things are not freely marketed locally because the stores do not want to carry anything unless they can stock and sell a ton of it.

      On a similar note, yesterday, we were near a JoAnns and I bought some thread without my fabric sample on hand for comparison and I was wrong about the color. My husband had to go back to the fishing store next door and I thought I could make a simple even trade with a receipt as I really would not use the color I selected. No such thing anymore. What a hassle for the store clerk to input this UPC delete that one and on and on for a simple even trade.
      I wish I had not asked as I am sure she was unhappy with me because of the small cost of the item.

      1. SewistKitty | | #3

        It is the clerk's job to help you with a sale, an exchange, etc. It does not matter whether the exchange is inexpensive or not. The clerk should have been able to complete the exchange with professionalism not attitude.

      2. Teaf5 | | #4

        The clerk was wrong to give you attitude, but she had to input the UPC codes because that is how the store controls inventory. Any time I buy multiples of something in different colors, the clerk has to scan each one separately, which takes forever and produces a 20-inch long paper receipt, but it keeps the store inventory balanced.If the thread were a reasonable color, I probably would've kept it so that I wouldn't have to make another trip at a later date for another project.

      3. MaryinColorado | | #5

        Who cares if the clerk was not happy with you?  If she provided good customer service, she wouldn't have made you feel that it was a problem at all.  It shouldn't be!  I love going in stores where they make me feel good, even when there is a problem.  I make it worth thier while as a frequent customer in the long run.  Mary

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