This is jumble of threads happens because of too-short threads at the beginning of sewing being pulled into the machine.
One way to avoid this is by using a “mouse”. (This is what my friend Laurie calls it. Honestly I have no idea my it’s called a mouse anymore, it’s just a term I use now.)
A mouse is a small piece of fabric folded in half (think a 2″ square size small) that is used at the beginning of your sewing to hold those threads & keep them from being sucked into the machine. Here is one of my well loved mice:
How it works:
I start with a small piece of fabric that I center under the presser foot so that the needle will enter the fabric about in the center:
Then I start sewing off the mouse & continue until I’ve reached the end:
Now I pick up my presser foot & give a little tug to the mouse to pull it aside:
Now I set my quilting pieces in place to start sewing (Notice I did NOT cut my thread!):
Now it’s business as usual until I’m done sewing when I will end will another mouse. Next I cut my pieces apart & will trim off the first mouse:
I usually have at least two mice going at any given time- one for the beginning of the sewing & then one for the ending (which is great because then when you’re ready to start again, you’ve already got your beginning mouse!)
I hope you enjoy this & that you find using a mouse as helpful as I have!