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

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    I have nerve damage in both hands and my left is worse then my right. I can't feel the needle or the thread. My thumbs are pulled back towards my wrists. If you put my hands palm up the thumbs look like frogs legs. I just taught myself to sew with my right hand and pulled my needle through sometimes with my teeth. I'm glad you mentioned the needle nose hooked pliers. I'm going to get me a pair. I have a pair of regular pliers in the kitchen to open everything. Thanks for the yip.
    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I hand quilt and I have arthritis in my hands.

    I use these needle nosed curved, spring loaded pliers to pull the needles through. They really save my wrists.

    http://www.service.kleintools.com/To...uct/D338-51/2C

    I got mine from Harbor Freight for $2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in WA
    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!
    I laughed so hard I almost wet myself! Now that there is FUNNY!

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    A book shelf to store fatquarter bundles
    A child's wardobe closet to store flannel
    Christmas cookie tins for notions, odds and ends.

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    * plastic chewing cum cannister for disposal of sharps -- rotary blades, needles, bent pins, etc.

    * I haven't but I've seen it in LQS's ... a CD storage tower for storing FQs

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    I keep an old pair of kitchen tongs to pick up things that my long handled magnet can't pick up. Works great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Hubby - he's colorblind but can't be beat when it comes to value
    When he isn't around, a pair if red lens glasses, or a least the red cellophane will work. When DD saw mine, she had to have a pair, see our glasses used when buying fabric. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95308-1.htm

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    Lots of great ideas here...I'm taking notes.
    I use a heel sander from the dollar store to pick up frogged stitches, a bamboo scure (just realized I dont know how to spell squre *shisk kabob stick) (blush) as my stilus.

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    I use many of the items already mentioned but my favourite and most useful item is my barrel shaped wallpaper seam roller. It sits beside the machine. As I am piecing I use it to press the seams. No running to the iron and I save on electricity. I press finished blocks and tops with the iron.

    Try it. I think they come in wood but I could only find plastic for about $4.00. Make sure the roller is barrel shaped and not flat.

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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    I have very limited space for storage in my condo, so I use a fabric six shelf hanger intended for sweaters to hold my fabric stash.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kooklabell
    Mole Skin foot pad to mark 1/4 inch on my sewing machine. Keeps my seems really, really even :)

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    I use a mini tackle box to hold all my hand quilting stuff for a given project. The separate compartments hold my pins, needles, thread, siccors, bees wax, needle gripper and thimble, etc. It's wonderful!

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