bit by bit tip

Often a small amount of thread is left on a bobbin when it's time to rewind it. I wind those leftover thread lengths on an extra spool I keep by my machine and use this thread to hand-baste appliqué shapes.

—Roberta Bailey

Midland, Texas

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