Do Stitch Erasers Really Work?

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Embroidery stitch erasers appear to be so easy to use but do they really work? I’ll show you what I found!

Anyone who has done machine embroidery for any length of time has had a mishap or two (or more) when it comes to projects. Even under the best of circumstances, you may not have used the right stabilizer, your tension may be off, or the machine just had a hiccup.

Whether it is a t-shirt or a quilt block, you may not want to scrap the entire piece. Particularly if you are short on fabric or do not want to replace the item upon which you are embroidering. That is where a stitch eraser comes in handy.

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There are several stitch erasers on the market and, from all appearances, they look nearly identical. I had an opportunity to test this one which is very similar to Peggy’s Stitch Eraser.

The idea is to work from the back and clip bobbin threads which will release the top thread. I pulled out some old test stitches and tried to erase sever different types of embroidery.

Outline Stitching

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Even a triple stitch was removed easily.

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You could not tell at all from the front of the fabric.

Satin Stitches

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Appliques typically have the placement and tackdown stitches followed by zig zag and then satin stitching.

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The stitch eraser made quick work of removing the applique stitches.

Fill Stitches

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Fill embroidery has even more layers of thread, making tear-outs even more challenging.

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Once again, it worked beautifully, even on detailed fill stitching.

Overall, it worked beautifully although I did put a hole in one piece of fabric just starting out. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. It is the kind of item that you don't know that you need, until you do.

Check back and I will share some tips I learned along the way.

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie  

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  • Millie Carter - February 19, 2024

    Luckily I haven’t needed to do this often, but when I did I used a handheld disposable shaver. Just made sure the blade was flat against the cloth/stabilizer. I couldn’t justify the cost unless I was going to do a lot of unsewing. But I say to each his own…………that is just my opinion.

  • Bonnie J Welsh - January 13, 2024

    Charmain—You can just Google “Stitch Eraser” and several options will come up. There’s also a link above for Peggy’s Stitch Eraser under the second picture in blue. We don’t sell and are not affiliated with it here. Hope this helps.

  • Charmain Campbell - January 13, 2024

    Where can i buy the stitch eraser and what is the cost pls

  • C hristine M C Connolly - August 09, 2022

    Thanks. Your information is very good and informative

  • Debbie Henry - May 11, 2022

    Thank you all for reading! Bonnie does not sell these but if you do a Google search for “embroidery stitch eraser” you will find a variety on the market. Peggy’s is probably the “original” but many companies have their own, like Allstitch. Mine looked exactly like Peggy’s but was sold by a company as their own tool. They all seem to be around $70 and are extremely similar in design. Some have a wider cutting area but I really liked the narrow cutting area. Mine was also rechargeable and included an outlet plug as well.

  • Cloreta Logan - May 11, 2022

    I would love to know more about this and where we can get it and how much.

  • Judy - May 10, 2022

    Sweet Pea has one and I considered it. I’m trying to recover from buying the new module so later this summer I may invest. Nice to know there are other brands available.

  • Christina Kelso - May 10, 2022

    Seems to be worth while purchase. Is it for sale on your website?

  • Diane Sobotik - May 10, 2022

    .I have had my eraser for some time and it has proven almost useless. Only once did I find the results that I was looking for. Would not recommend anyone purchasing this item.

  • Karen Burroughs - May 10, 2022

    I would like to know how much how it costs.

  • Janet connolly - May 10, 2022

    I have never heard of a stitch eraser and i would love to try it as I am a beginner and make quite a bit of mistakes. Do you have a link where this can be purchased?

  • Tina Moore - May 10, 2022

    How do you order one

  • Vivian Brown - May 10, 2022

    Thank you! It’s great to know what products work well and also the ones that don’t!

  • jo thompson - May 10, 2022

    where can we purchase the stitch eraser

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