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Thread: Do you have a dual purpose quilting tool?

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    Oh wow, I am a bit ashamed to admit my "dual use tool" to all ya'll!
    But, it has to be my seam ripper. *Not just for unsewing those pesky D'oh! moments I have all too often* It also serves as a very quick stress reliever. For when I get most stressed, I not only rip the seam but have been known to rip a few crumbs to tiny pieces with it for good measure! ;-) Works for me! LoL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet My
    Do you ever use a quilting tool for other than what it was intended for?

    For example

    I use my seam ripper as a stiletto when I'm sewing

    I also use my Kwik Klip tool to help open up seams before pressing. It has saved me many a burnt finger when that seam folds over while I'm trying press it open.
    I use old tooth brushes , cut off head and sharpen one end to a point and shave down the other end flat on both sides to use in flattening seams.. it works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet My
    Do you ever use a quilting tool for other than what it was intended for?

    For example

    I use my seam ripper as a stiletto when I'm sewing

    I also use my Kwik Klip tool to help open up seams before pressing. It has saved me many a burnt finger when that seam folds over while I'm trying press it open.
    I use old tooth brushes , cut off head and sharpen one end to a point and shave down the other end flat on both sides to use in flattening seams.. it works for me..forgot to say also I don't get finger burns ..

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    Coffee filters for applique' stabilizer
    My "Purple Thang" ... so many uses!
    Old paint brush to clean lint out of my sewing machine
    Scotch tape to remove those last bits of thread after ripping a seam
    Empty container (coffee can, peanut can, etc.) for a mini desktop trash can
    Old canning jars to hold various pens, markers, and other "vertical" sewing tools. They look pretty with old buttons in them, too. :)

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    Most things I have have more than one use -- the more uses the better.

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    i wouldnt be without1] my purple thang---keeps fingers away from needle--turns corners out---adds extra 4 inches to reach that back itch 2] artery forceps[haemostats]--grips the stuck needle---turns tubes--- extra 3 inchs to pick up dropped ??? saves getting out of the chair--hold the end of elastic so you dont pull it through the casing too far

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    When the grandkids leave partialy filled water bottles sitting around when they go home, I gather them up and use them in my iron. My iron recommends bottled water and they say don't reuse water bottles because of bacteria. Tap water is good enough for me but the GKs will drink bottled water but not tap. Anything to keep them from drinking pop.

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    My dual purpose tool is my stiletto. I, of course, use it for what it is intended. My husband "borrows" it to use to help get wine ice cubes out of the trays. Let me explain...we like to have wine that's very cold. He came up with the idea of making ice cubes out of wine. They don't freeze all the way so they're a little difficult to get out of the trays. He uses it to nudge the cubes in to the wine glasses.

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    Half of a wooden clothespin for a wooden iron, an old CD to trace circles and parchment paper for fusible web as I can never find my pressing sheet and it keeps my iron bottom clean. That is just to name a few....
    Brenda

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    I use tweezers to pull my needle through the material when it gets stuck.

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