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Thread: What was your best purchase at a show?

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    I have learned to avoid the fabrics at shows. I haven't been to lots of shows but the fabrics where I have been seem pricey. I can find what I need either while traveling (nonquilt related), online for less, or locally where it helps our economy close to home. Thread is the total opposite and I have found some great deals at shows. Also thread is lighter to lug around as I move through the shows. As for tools, I find that I almost never use those I've bought which I supposedly couldn't live without!
    What I do is look at the quilts, quickly scan the booths and hit the local area stores that usually have enticing deals while the shows are going on! DH serves as my driver so we can move efficiently. He's such an enabler, I am better off with him in the car, LOL!
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    My best and most favorite purchase at a show was just recently. I sat down to play with a HD Sweet Sixteen. I had been looking at them on and off for a while thinking it was really not in my future. As I was finishing a trial run on this great machine, I saw my husband hand the guy a credit card and tell the guy ring it up. I was astonished as I had not really mentioned my interest in this machine. My guy just knows me well I guess as he said he could see that I was really enthralled with it. We ended up getting the demo model for a reduced price and picked it up the next day. I have been practicing and practicing my quilting on this little gem.

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    Best purchases: Wonder clips...love those little things! Martelli 60mm Rotary Cutter, longarm thread, machine embroidery thread, one or two good deals on machine embroidery stabilizer and scissors; and fabric prints that I can't find locally.

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    I have a couple of good purchases at a show. One year it was fabric, fabric and more fabric. The next year, it was my LA. got a lot of extra items for it free. AND last year, it was my sewing machine Janome Horizon and I got the sewing table free and only a $50.00 shipping charge from Houston to Nevada. The show closed on Sunday and Wednesday, I had my new sewing machine and table. Great deals!

    I always come back with great fabric. When I am looking for specific fabric with a specific type of color and want coordinating colors to match, if I can't find it at the booth I found the original fabric, there are lots of other booths for me to look!
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    My Bernina 530-2 - at the Minnesota State Fair - in 1962.

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    I attended a workshop on string quilting and they sold Sheer Delight, I got 10 yards for $23 and they told me I could use it as a stabilazer on my embroidery machine.

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    I didn't get this at a quilt show, but it is my favorite ruler. Called the 24" ruler with adjustable locking fabric guide. Just love it, love it. Only sad thing is I picked it up one day by one day by the end and it snapped off. Still works though as the screw that holds the adjustable part held. Will see if I can't tape it back together one day. can be found at www.quiltersrule.com the most expensive ruler I have bought, but has really been worth it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    The worse thing I ever bought was my Tin Lizzie Long Arm quilter. The best thing is the Nolting Long Arm that I replaced it with after only 2 and one half years.
    Quote Originally Posted by needles3thread View Post
    I also bought a curve master foot at a show, but never haven't been able to get it to work.
    Wish I could because I love curved seams.

    If anyone knows a tutoral that will help me learn to use this foot or has any tips for me, I would
    greatly appreciate it. I did watch a live demonstration at the show.
    I googled curvemaster foot and got this link and several others.
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=iso3C...%3Diso3C-G0Q_8

    My best purchase at a quilt show is my Bernina ergonomic chair. It is bright red---my favorite color---It fits right in with my red, white and blue color scheme in my sewing studio. It is the most comfortable chair I have ever used for sewing. Everything is adjustable. I love it---when my cat lets me sit in it---He loves it too. lol
    Last edited by nstitches4u; 10-10-2012 at 10:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anicra View Post
    My best and most favorite purchase at a show was just recently. I sat down to play with a HD Sweet Sixteen. I had been looking at them on and off for a while thinking it was really not in my future. As I was finishing a trial run on this great machine, I saw my husband hand the guy a credit card and tell the guy ring it up. I was astonished as I had not really mentioned my interest in this machine. My guy just knows me well I guess as he said he could see that I was really enthralled with it. We ended up getting the demo model for a reduced price and picked it up the next day. I have been practicing and practicing my quilting on this little gem.
    Jealous! Almost bought one at last show. Have no guy with credit card. Need to find me one of them I guess. LOL

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