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Thread: Helpful tools for both longarm and standard machine quilting

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    Power Poster debcavan's Avatar
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    Some things save me time, others frustrations, others expense. There are also a couple of techniques to help me when backings are too small in width and stabilizing when doing several colors.

    This is a friend's quilt and will require 3 colors of thread and had the backing too short.

    The purple article on the left is an eye brow shaper, it has a razor blade protected by metal with slits. This is easy for ripping and does not cut into the top. I found them in the beauty department of any pharmacy store or store like Walmarrt/ There is another brand that is longer and better. Next to it you can see the batting and then a piece of muslin sew onto the sides of the quilt. There was only two inches extra given on the backing and with my wonderful long clamps from Calico Kitten, I need more. I was able to sew this on with the longarm
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    Starting on the left, is a plastic dish with a cover for my chalk. I use a foam craft brush to apply chalk to my stencils. Put brush into chalk, knock off the excess on the sides of the dish. Next to it is baby talc which I use in place of chalk. It is fine and much cheaper, I also use it in my pouncer. A pencil sharpener with two sharpeners, one large enought for the chalk sticks is the red artcle and nrxt is the chalk board chalk I use to mark parts of my quilt. Next to that is a black handle with a little crocket hook in it for getting thread out from under the quilt top when they have been quilted in and finally on the edge is a ballpoint awl by Clover. If you are ripping out from the top of your quilt especially just a few stitches, the ball head is wonderful
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    The pearl heads on the pins show up well. When I am doing several colors and need to stablize the quilt sandwich, I pin every six to eight inches with these very visable pins.
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    These are GENERAL pastel chalk pencils. I have used white and grey and both have washed out well. But they do have to be washed. They don't just brush away. I found them at Walmart and many other craft departments in stores.
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    Super Member PegD's Avatar
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    Great tips. Thanks.

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    I will definately be looking for an eye brow shaper. Thanks Deb!

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    Great tips and information!!
    I like the idea of using baby powder.

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    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
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    Thanks for these helpful hints!! I will surely use them.

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    thank you

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    I don't think I have ever seen an eyebrow shaper here, I'll have to go and look. Thanks for the tips.

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    Member Shelby's Avatar
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    I just got one of those eyebrow things, it works great! I also use a mustache trimmer...9.99 at WalMart and if you need to rip what seems like umpteen miles of stitches, it works wonderfully!
    Thanks for the tip in the baby powder.

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    Wonderful tips! Thank you. :)

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    Deb, you are so clever and creative. thanks for sharing.

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