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    I would like to know the list of tools i need to buy to start quilting.
    I am new to quilting and i want to quilt for my grand daughter.





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    Rama, welcome to the world of quilting! Posting a list of tools will not be helpful if you don't know how and when to use them. My suggestion would be to take a beginers class at a local quilt shop. Those type classes allow you to borrow their tools for the class. If you are still interested in quilting after taking the class, and who wouldn't be, you can make a list of what you may need then. Some shops offer discounts during the class to the students, but you don't need to buy everything there or at once. Most of us use coupons and sales at JoAnn's. I would recommend purchasing a 1/4" foot for your sewing machine. If you have never pieced a quilt before this is one handy tool. In the beginning, this is the one area that most need help, maintaining a constant 1/4".
    I would suggest that you don't skimp on the equiptment and tools you buy. A good quality rotary cutter that is curved, will feel better in your hand, less tiring and more accurate. Also, purchase the best quality fabric you can afford. If quilt shop fabric is too pricey for you and you can only afford JoAnn or Walmart fabric, some extra steps will aid in your success. Always prewash lesser quality fabric. The shrink rates will differ greatly. If you use a spray sizing when you press your yardage, it will handle better when cut.
    I hope this is helpful for some quick ideas to get you started. You need to be aware that quilting is addictive, but so rewarding. Good luck to you and let us know what pattern you deside on. :D

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    When you purchase rulers, buy the same brand as there are many on the market. Some are not as accurate as others.
    Your rotary cutter should be a 45mm.
    Also, I would suggest you join a quilt guild. There are many folks in these groups who will help guide you. Guilds are also an avenue to workshops where you go and can get one-on-one teaching.
    Welcome, new quilter. Blessings, Suzanne

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    Thank youy very much .I nave been stitching for 30 years but never attempted to make a quilt.Back in india it is not very popular.I am an art and craft teacher.I want to start quilting and popularise back home.I will be asking your advice often.I am very happy to have located your web site.Thanks a lot once again.

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    Rama, as far as tools go...I guarantee you'll want 'em all! My first purchases were 2 pairs of good scissors, one for fabric one for paper patterns (yes, templates! This was in the 70's) My hands were very sore by the time rotary cutters came along. I found both the 28 and 45 mm cutters great investments...a 45 mm rotary cutter is a must. A cutting mat that's self-healing will last you a good long time. 12x18 is a good useful size to start. A plastic quilter's cutting ruler that's got an accurate measure down to quarters and eighths of an inch is a must. 18" is a good length. 6" wide with angles marked on it is a plus. Your machine needs that 1/4" foot, like Boo advised. We're so lucky to have the Internet to get patterns from--you'll love the websites the quilters here have suggested. And you'll have all those beautiful cotton fabrics in India! How lucky is that?? :D

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    Thanks a ton.I will buy the tools as adviced by you.Can I use the rotary cutting mat to press or is there a special mat as cut and press.I am planning to buy a sewing machine.which do you suggest.Budget is below around 150 dollars.A christmas gift from my daughter.Can u suggest.

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    thank you very much.I will buy the necessary tools.

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    I have had two Singers, nothing fancy just basic machines and have never had a bit of trouble with them. My sister is using my grandmother's Singer that I know is nearly 50 years old and she's never had a problem .

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    Rama,
    No, you cannot press on your cutting mat. There is one available which you can turn over to press, cut on the other. I think it is made by Harriet Hargrave. I think this style would be helpful if you are taking a class making you portable.
    If you have been reading this forum, you will read about the storage of your mat. It should be stored flat away from heat and cold. Some of the ladies suggest hanging it with by a skirt hanger.
    Just ask your questions here and we are eager to respond.
    Blessings, Suzanne

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    I got a Brother which came with the 1/4 quilting foot and it wasn't very expensive

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