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Thread: Any non-sewing items that you use for quilting?

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    A HAMMER......to flatten those multi part seams....
    you know like the center of a 6 point star.....a good wake of the hammer makes them so much easier to quilt....

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    I use a short double pointed knitting needles as a silletto on the machine, pushes a wine cork on the opposite end....so I can always find it....

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    Chopsticks to turn anything inside out.....

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    painters tape, off-set screwdriver, pipe cleaners, Q-tips, soft make-up brush, extendable magnet from automotive store and shelf liner. (to keep foot pedal and sewing machine from walking all over the place.)

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    I love to use a clothes drying rack when I'm working with a lot of fabric strips. It helps me keep them in order and easy to get what I need. It also helps to let me see what colors I have a lot of or which ones I'm running low on. Here's a picture of the one that I'm using right now. Ignore the mess behind the rack, please. :-)
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    Chopsticks, stamp tongs (they've got a small flat tip that turns ANYTHING inside out), baby hair clips - the small metal ones for holding binding

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    plastic gum containers (wrigleys) for used needles and storing thimbles, BF made a hanging rack from black metal yard edging, screwed into a wood strip and it hangs sideways on the wall for strips

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    I use an old pill bottle with a hole drilled in the lid to drop in old or broken needles and pins. And a cheap small pint bruse to dust my machine for lint. Baby wipe box to store scissors and rotary cutters up high from little fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Sandpaper. :-D I cut out a piece of cardboard and wrapped a piece of 200 grit around it and duck taped it down. Wonderful to sign siggie blocks with or to draw lines on blocks cornor to cornor. I have used a large T-square for cutting out my borders. Its 48" long and the T part hooks onto the edge of the table and good to go. Works great.
    Curious. What is duck tape? Quack Quack. I think you meant duct tape. (The multi-purpose sticky stuff that will remove warts but does not mend broken hearts)

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    Thought of a few more I use -
    Chop stick for getting nice points
    Hospital forceps to grab & turn narrow applique strip
    Small hair scrunchies to cover bobbins so thread won't unwind - use scrunchie approx color of bobbin thread
    Narrow dough roller to flatten seam or to 'finger-press'
    Breath mint tins for pins, needles
    Masking tape to pick up loose threads
    Empty Crystal Light plastic tubes for small scissors, tweezers, extra filled bobbins, etc
    Empty toilet paper cardboard roll to slide over folded electric cords
    Flat hair clips on binding - avoids my being poked by pins
    Empty container from roll of adhesive tape - wind measuring tape around it & snap shut
    Clean, unused pizza boxes to stack 12 1/2" squares or 9 1/2" squares of block of the month projects
    Freezer paper for paper-piecing
    Adding machine roll paper - small applique copying, paper-piecing, etc
    Gardening gloves instead of quilting gloves (less expensive & works for me)
    Plastic zippered blanket bags for large WIPs

    OK, probably more yet, but that's it for now :)
    Thanks, I'm learning from all of you!

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