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    Check out these tools people use.

    I got these in an e-mail today.I thought they were kinda neat to read about what other people use when they quilt.

    Carpenters T-Square
    Bamboo skewers work great for pushing fabric under the needle of the sewing machine
    Paint for doing eyes and noses
    Peep hole-gives great perspective of your quilt before you sew your blocks together - should probably use it before you install it in the door.
    Needlepoint laying tool as a stiletto
    Photographer's vest - keeps frequently used tools handy, particularly in class
    A knitting needle for pushing out points
    Chop stick to poke out corners
    Pizza boxes to keep projects together - clean ones
    Cricut machines for cutting fabric
    Bamboo spoon with a round handle for turning bias tubes
    Two doorstops to tilt your sewing machine forward
    Acrylic drafting triangles - especially the big right triangle makes "truing up" cross fabric cuts a breeze
    Sandpaper-when I have to trace on fabric, I put the fabric on the sandpaper (rough side up) and it helps to keep the fabric from moving around while I pencil in a quilting line, or draw a shape
    Needle nose pliers to pull the needle when hand quilting
    X-ray marking pencil works great on all colors of fabric and washes off easily
    I use Glad Press & Seal to place my applique pieces in the correct position on my applique projects. I trace the pattern on the Press & Seal and then stick the fabric on the "sticky" side and lay it over the background. I then carefully peel the Press and Seal off taking care to hold my applique piece in place. Then I pin and sew the applique in place. It will last for as long as I need to finish a project
    Blue painter's tape to keep track of which end should be up. It's also great for putting a block on a bare wall when I don't have my design wall handy. A light box from my painting days to design transfers.
    you'll laugh...but I use hand weights as an extra aid to help me keep fabric from shifting when cutting. (The ten pounders are awesome for this) I use those whenever Hubby sneaks in and steals back his sandpaper.
    Pool noodles for rolling quilts
    Always looking for things outside of the box to use for notions. Fat fuzzy pony tail bands work great for securing bobbin thread for storage. Found a eyebrow groomer that makes a great seam ripper at the local Walmart.
    My husband made me a light box table which is an ideal height for me (36") for my Stained Glass work. The grid is 24" x 36". When I want to draw/trace quilt patterns. I empty the grid (in case there are any shards of glass) and flip it over to its solid back.
    I use medical scalpels in place of a seam ripper
    Circle templates from the office supply
    Chopsticks to help hold seams while pressing and turning fabric inside out
    hemostats to hold fabric...kinda like using great when sewing curves together...and if you are making dolls or critters i use acrylic paint for eyes...and blush or rouge to brush on for cheeks. I love camping and so what I originally bought for our camper never made it to the camper...was a picnic caddy that holds your utensils and AWESOME to hold all my gadgets...cutters, marking pens, scissors, hemostats...etc
    Metal hairclips to help hold binding when sewing down by hand
    Adding machine paper tape works great for folding into the right sizes for quilting evenly especially on a border
    I used press and seal to hold rows of squares together-in little piles once, when I didn't have any zip lock bags! Kind of like the picture on the box when they use it for hamburger patties
    I have a friend that is a surgical nurse and she saves all the throw away tools they use in the operating room and then sterilizes them for me.....hydrostats, tweezers, scissors, etc. Knitting needles for turning and poking out corners. I use a Pampered Chef rotating tool caddy on my sewing table for holding all my scissors, rotary cutters, seam rippers and other tools
    Pastry roller
    Creative Memories circle and heart cutters for applique pieces
    Scrapbooking glue works great to hold down bindings
    I buy rolls of newsprint at the recycle center and use it to mask areas when I spray with 505, to make large patterns, to protect my ironing surface if I think a fabric might bleed, to entertain grandchildren
    magnetic parts dish, keeps my pins all heads up and holds a lot of pins, plus archival safe glue stick
    X-ray viewer makes a great tracing light box
    I use my Cuttlebug and dies for cutting applique shapes
    I also use the metal hairclips...but I roll the edge of my small projects like runners, etc and i clip them to hold the edge together when I'm quilting the project on my regular sewing machine to keep it out of the way.
    I always ask for an extra set of chop sticks to punch out corners and today I found a new use for them. I had a quilt on my HQ table and used them as spacers from the edge of my table and groovy board in order to position the designs. I could have moved the quilt but I was tired of walking around the table. No seriously, I only needed that width
    I like the plastic containers used for scrapbooking paper. They are 14" x 14" and fit a 12.5" square ruler and my Olfa rotating mat on top of my squares, keeps them pressed
    A small paint brush to apply starch (or spray adhesive) to the edges of my appliques before turning them back. Months (years?) ago when Alex had that other show she mentioned using a skirt hanger for holding and storing the cutting mat.
    Parchment paper works great between your iron and your ironing board when fusing.
    I use my mother's wooden wall paper roller to press my seams when I am paper piecing.
    Acrylic paints mixed with texile medium allows me to paint on my fabrics before I thread-paint. Watercolor pencils
    Templates from scrapbooking, I can draw shapes onto my quilt with disappearing ink and then follow the design with the long arm, like a heart and then feathers around it. I also use them for applique shapes.
    My husband's electric mustache trimmer (he gave it to me when I told what I wanted it for) to un-sew long seams. Runs fast, never nicks the fabric. I use my pressure foot on the machine to hold one side of the seam, and hold the other side in my left hand. then I run the trimmer along the inside of the seam, and voila!
    An African porcupine quill for turning points and for poking holes!
    Wine - makes that mistake completely invisible.

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    Love the wine tip!!! I dont think I'm drinking enough because I still see my mistakes! LOL
    As ye sew, so shall ye rip.


      Re: Check out these tools people use.

      I'm like Mary - the best tip was the last one.

      Cheers - Oh, and thanks for sharing. That was a great list.
      Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
      it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

      "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."


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        Those were great tips......................especially the wine.


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          "Red red wine!!!"
          Ummm good
          Wine good!!!
          Jan G :icon_wave:

          THE HURRIER I GO,
          THE BEHINDER I GET!!!!


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            I wonder if my DH would miss his mustache trimmer?! LOL!! Great list, thanks for sharing.


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              What a great list! Thanks for sharing.
              Shirley :icon_bigsmile:


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                Wow lots of good hints! Thanks for sharing!
                "Like" me on Facebook @ Sweet Cherry Quilting to help spread the love of all things crafty and quilted!


                  Re: Check out these tools people use.

                  Me like-y them all, too! 'Specially the wine.
                  Sewing mends the soul.

                  Do the math; count your blessings
                  Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

         Unless we are creating we are not fully alive
                  ~ Madeleine L'Engle