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    Applique Angel

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    Default Non traditional sewing tools?

    What's in your sewing room that you probably won't find a Joann's that you use for sewing/quilting/crafting? I have blue printer tape, chopsticks, a homemade magnetic pincushion I made from the Home Depot and a Home Depot orange bucket for scraps!

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    Default Re: Non traditional sewing tools?

    Quote Originally Posted by ucarrieme View Post
    What's in your sewing room that you probably won't find a Joann's that you use for sewing/quilting/crafting? I have blue printer tape, chopsticks, a homemade magnetic pincushion I made from the Home Depot and a Home Depot orange bucket for scraps!
    Cuticle sticks-the pointed side to use as a stiletto and the square side to move cross seams under the pressure foot.
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    Toilet paper holder for my Jelly Rolls.
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    File Holder wall mounted to hold my rulers.
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    Computer swirl base duck taped under a craft cutting mat to trim HSTs
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    And of course, those ubiquitous Harbor Freight magnetic bowls...

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    Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first!

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    Default Re: Non traditional sewing tools?

    Chopsticks instead of a stilletto. Attachment 130165

    Aluminum drinking glass for holding my marking pencils. Attachment 130166

    Hanging utensil rack for scissors. Attachment 130167

    Numerous plastic bowls with tight snapping lids (like from deli salads) to use for pins and little bits of things.
    Yankee candle jars for buttons.

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    My magnetic bowl and my eyebrow trimmers!
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    Default Re: Non traditional sewing tools?

    This us a fun topic!

    I have the ever present Blue Painter's Tape, and the very useful Harbor Freight Magnetic Bowl....My husband got it for mr several years ago..... He also got me a long handled magnet... Great for when pins spill onto the floor.

    I also use several wicker baskets, for "pieces", and a plastic Christmas cookie tin to collect those tiny bits and pieces that collect on my cutting mat every day....

    I use this pretty condiment try girl idea and ends...
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    Sandy from Cincinnati


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    Default Re: Non traditional sewing tools?

    Great topic! Yes to blue painter's tape and wood cuticle sticks. I have a lot of McCoy pottery. I use a couple plant pots to hold scissors and as a pencil/pen/marking pencil cup. I have an old china dresser set that was my grandma's. I use the covered bowls for pins and for leader/enders. A small lucite desk organizer holds small rulers and templates.

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    I have a small wooden child's chair next to my cutting table that I almost took to Goodwill, the legs were wobbly and after repeated gluing would still not hold together enough to be safe to sit on. The back of the chair has vertical spindles every two inches. Now when I am cutting and need to switch back and forth from one ruler to the next I just stand up the ruler I am not using between the chair rungs. It is really handy! No more picking rulers up off the floor when they get knocked off the cutting table. And I can use the seat of the chair for piles of fabric or completed blocks. I find the clear stick-on hooks really handy also, put two on my closet doors (my sewing room used to be a bedroom) and store two rulers on each hook. If you get the kind of hooks that are half metal you can bend the metal part a little to accommodate the ruler.
    I love this post and hope to try some of your ideas out!

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    I have a flexible small mirror from the Auto dept. at Sears...works great when I am replacing the machine needles.

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