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Thread: Stuff you USE for Quilting, that isn't originally for Quilting!!!

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    Super Member Gramie bj's Avatar
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    Non skid shelf liner under foot peddle, keeps it in place.
    Antique hat pin used to hold fabric that last lill bit before it goes under the foot, plastic mayo bottle with slit cut in top for worn out needles, bent pins, rottery blades anything sharp that will fit in it. Lid is glued on so no one can get into it! used 0000 grade steel wool to stuff pin cushions, helps keep them sharp. Lill girls pony tail bands used around bobbins to keep thread on, bent needle noes plired to pull stubern needles. Wide painters tape to hold down elec. cords so I don't trip over them. Make up (I really like the eye lash one best) brushes to clean my machine, a lot I use has ben mentioned Thats a start

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    I have a baby wardrobe to store things in, lots of baskets in all sorts of sizes, a chicken coop for a bookshelf, a 3 dresser with deep drawers for storing rulers and matts. Bambo sticks, sharpened in an electric sharpener. Clear paint cans(from Michaels) to store large safety pins, Packages of needles and buttons. Hat boxes to hide embroidry items. A wonderful red, yellow and blue tool box from Harbor Frieght that allows me to have a mobile sewing room. It holds lots of things. I use a small paint bucket to put trash in and it travels well. Love blue painter's tape for lots of things. Plastic shoes boxes help me keep the sewing caddies separate. I can pull an empty box, go do a line of things I need for each caddy and when I get to the end all I have to pull is the focus fabric and accent colors. I can stack them inside of each other, taking up less space around my sewing machine. I can start and stop, without loosing anything.

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    The Bible.

    Yes, it's true.

    It is the perfect thickness to go under my heel so that I can run the pedal with the front part of my foot. Else my foot cramps up.

    BTW, it is not the only Bible we have in the house; this one is an older one that gets little use. If someone needs this particular version, they can find it just as easily under my sewing machine as they can on the bookshelf!

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    Our pool table makes a wonderful design wall, cutting space, and basting area.

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    I have a cabinet that was originally part of a pier for some of my fabric and pantos, the mirror from said pier under my LA so I can see bottom stitches, a vacuum to remove lint from the bobbin area, a car speaker that has a powerful magnet on the back to drag and collect pins(I've had back surgery so bending is a no no), rubber cement for the back of my ruler so it doesn't move. I'm sure there's more but it's early yet.LOL And plastic tackle box inserts for needles, tools etc.

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    A paint brush for sweeping off the cutting table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    What has wandered into your arsenal of quilting/sewing tools and supplies, that is not originally meant for such??

    * toothbrush -- great mini whisk to get rid of loose threads
    * Pampered Chef scraper -- simplifies finger pressing!
    * sticky notes -- always ready for reminders of machine settings
    * and more will come to mind later!
    I USE A CAR DETAILED CLEANING BRUSH TO GET THE LINT OUT OF THOSE TINY CREVASES AND DOG FEED IT HAS LONGER BRISLES THAN A TOOTH BRUSH.






    **Inspired by Pester's thread of non-quilting uses for our quilting things

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    Quote Originally Posted by pester
    Small scrapbook orginizer that works great for holding my rulers, shears, needles, quilting odds and ends. Works great to keep it all compact and in one place since I don't have a dedicated sewing place.

    Random metal tin to hold my saftey pins

    Piece of foam stuffed in my machine foot peddle. Helps with speed contol.
    That is the first time I have heard of foam stuffed in foot peddle. I am going to try that for I have a heavy foot and maybe that shall solve my problem. Thanks.

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    -an old fashioned dresser under my cutting table. It has shallow drawers to store all sorts of things.
    -two of the plastic cabinets like men use to keep screws etc,,,, I store my machine feet, empty bobbins, machine needles etc
    -an old dining room table behind my machine which holds up whatever large pieces Im sewing on

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    fine grit sandpaper for cleaning my cutting mats, sharpening my blades.
    baby wipes for cleaning my mats also & the surface of my machine as well as the oils from my hands
    white gloves arn't just for party manors
    my crikut cutter isnt just for paper crafting
    markers, pigma pens, colored pencils, crayons, rubbing alcohol all used for drawing on fabric from designs to covering up boo boos!
    coffee filters as stabilizer

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