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    I get a quilters tip of the day on facebook, and check out what she posted today!

    QUILTER’S TIP OF THE DAY: Using a plain bar of soap to store your pins and needles has multiple advantages. By inserting them into the bar it will coat the pins and needles with a thin film that will not only prevent rust but will also help to glide smoothly through multiple layers of fabric and batting. Happy quilting!

    I have never heard of such a thing!! I'll start posting the tips here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    QUILTER’S TIP OF THE DAY: Using a plain bar of soap to store your pins and needles has multiple advantages. By inserting them into the bar it will coat the pins and needles with a thin film that will not only prevent rust but will also help to glide smoothly through multiple layers of fabric and batting. Happy quilting!
    Ooh I hate to be overly negative but as a trained laboratory technician in a previous life, when I actually worked for a living, I'd have to say to be cautious of this practice. Soaps are made using caustic substances, it's what makes them work, not all mind you but most. I personally wouldn't be putting caustic substances anywher near my fabric. Like a lot of things, you won't see the damage anytime soon but...

    If you want to use something along these lines, use wax, it is a relatively inert substance, which is why it can be used on quilting thread.
    Last edited by Dragonfly; September 13th, 2010 at 11:10 AM.
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    I think you must have softer soap in America. I just tried it and I bent my pin!
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    I wouldn't be putting my pins in a bar of soap!! Too hard, and there are chemicals in there I don't want on my quilt fabrics. What an odd suggestion LOL
    Michele

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    Well..that is what I was thinking. Don't we want to protect our quilts from oils?!

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    I do what my Grandma did, run a dull pin or needle through my hair. It does help, but now I am wondering about the natural oils (not to mention styling products that I use!) getting on my fabrics.
    I have been known to poke them into the cushion of whatever I am sitting on too. Hubby gives me the look, especially when it's his car seat that I am sitting on, and I just innocently say 'the hole will close up nicely'. LOL
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    From one hillybilly to another, I have a good sized pin cushion filled with fine sand. Easy to use and works pretty good.
    Pam

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    Remember these aren't my ideas! Here is today's: (usually they are very good, but the last two days haven't been the best)

    QUILTER’S TIP OF THE DAY: Have someone take a picture of you working on a quilt, then print the picture onto a plain piece of fabric. Add your name, date, and any other information pertinent to the quilt. Now you have a beautifully personalized label!

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    Hmm...well apart from the part where I seriously dislike having my photo taken, that's not a bad idea. If the printing process stood up to the rigours of time the historians of the future would be most appreciative.
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    Why is it we hate to have our pictures taken but oh how we love to look at pictures of others and of our loved ones.
    Will love reading the tips each day! Thanks for posting them.

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