I do, but it’s not the kind that eats cheese. Other people have different names for these things. I’ve heard them called leaders & enders. I think Bonnie Hunter does that. I just call them “rats”.
I’ve always got several laying around waiting to be put into use….usually when I can’t find the one I know I just had.
I always try to start my stitching with a rat before my chain of patches or whatever I’m sewing. It keeps me from having that little rat’s nest underneath. I guess that’s why I call it a rat…..because it’s the rat instead of my quilting patch.
I do a lot of chain sewing so I use the rat at the beginning of the chain and at the end. I also use a rat to begin & end single patch stitching.
After I sew off onto the rat, I’m ready to start a new line of stitching. My rat is already in place.
The machine I’m sewing on is of my Singer 301’s. It’s a mocha and came in a nice table. I love this machine. It’s the one I use almost 100% of the time even though I have several others to choose from. I love this one!
So, do you sew with a rat? Or do you call it something else? If you don’t sew with one at all, you should try it. It’s quick & easy and it saves thread because you don’t have to pull extra out to hold onto when you start stitching.