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What sewing things have you bought that you wish you hadn't?

Old 09-21-2015, 08:28 AM
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The quilt calculator, but decided it was a waste of money in time to return it. Also the fmq halos. They just got in the way but I kept them and tried them several times. After moving them to 3 new homes I finally threw them away and haven't missed them at all.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:46 AM
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I've been giving away unwanted fabric that I know I won't use to a small quilting group. I give some large scraps to a person who loves to make string quilts. I do a lot of charity work, i.e, baby quilts, drawstring bags, pillowcases for childrens hospital. It barely makes a dent in my stash but at least someone is able to use it instead of it sitting on a shelf. There are so many charities who would love to have fabric donated to them.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:05 AM
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The Omni Edge rulers, bought two, all my strips come out wonky if I cut from with the folded edge. Wish I had that money back!
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:27 AM
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The Side Winder (bobbin winder) total waste of money for me, also bought
the quilt calculator, but I got lucky and only spent $12 for it after coupons,
and sale etc.

LOTS of darn ugly fabrics, that I now ask myself why in the heck did I even
LOOK at it to begin with.
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:04 PM
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The June Taylor plastic cutting mat. I used one for years, then DH bought me a self healing mat. The June Taylor protects your table, but not good for cutting. The cutter slides on it so accuracy is lacking. I am sold on the self healing, and they sell them as "artist supplies" on Amazon, so they are much less expensive. IMHO.
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:29 PM
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I bought the babylock Jane and Majestic frame to set it up. You are right about it being too small. I am thinking of buying the Block Rocket, too. Wanted a HQ sweet 16 sit down because I have back issues but that is not in my budget.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:53 PM
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Don't know what it is called but the ruler that has the cutting blade on it. I can never get my strips to be the same width.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:19 PM
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A box/kit, whatever its called, of neutral quilting threads. I've never used them for quilting because I quilt with COLOR!! Have used some for piecing and gifted some too.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by maryb119 View Post
That is the first thing I thought of.
You can download the quiltcalc app for free. I use it all the time.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:51 PM
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The quilt calculator is #1. It has been stuffed in a drawer for years. #2 would be the fabric I 'had' to have & have not used. That will have to go in a donation bin someday.
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