According to the authors, you should keep a pair of thread clippers (not scissors, but thread clippers specifically) by your machine at all times. After you sew a seam, you're supposed to immediately clip the threads. And then take the garment immediately to your ironing board to press. Here's what they say:
There is a rhythm to sewing and it goes like this: SEW, CLIP, PRESS. This stitching rhythm should be used from the start when you begin your first row of stitching. This method of stitching needs to be firmly planted in the sewer's mind from the beginning; with experience, it will become second nature to you.If you stick to this method, the authors say you'll have a clean, professional garment.
I always press as I go, but the idea of clipping threads as I go is a new idea to me. And I confess, upon wearing a garment for the first time I often find stray threads hanging off of it. I don't even own a pair of thread clippers! So my mission for this week is to buy a pair and have it handy by the machine so I can try this SEW, CLIP, PRESS idea.
How about you? Do you already do this? What's your sewing rhythm?