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    I just finished a project that used fusible interfacing. It said to cut the fabric 9x12 and to cut the interfacing the same, then fuse. I cut the interfacing to 87/8x 117/8 (undersized by 1/8") I will be doing this all the time now. Less chance of the fusible getting on the iron and it will still be caught in the 1/4" seam.

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    Looking for a new sewing machine? I found this great checklist of things you might want to consider when shopping. I found this on a website called sewmamasew.com

    Here's the checklist.

    What unique features does this machine have that sets it apart from others?

    How many stitches does it have?

    Which accessories come with the machine?

    What are my options for future accessories (i.e. additional feet, etc.), and what is
    the associated approximate cost?

    What type of warranty comes with the machine?

    Who completes the repairs, and how long does that typically take? (Do you have
    to ship the machine to the manufacturer or does the shop do repairs?)

    Is the machine supposed be professionally "tuned up" and cleaned? How much
    does that cost?

    Are lessons/classes included in the cost of the machine?

    Is the harp size adequate for my needs? Do the feed dogs drop for quilting?

    How does it feel to sew? Quiet? Smooth? Intuitive features? Loud? Confusing?

    Will this machine fit my sewing space well? (If you’re a roving sewist does it
    have a case?)

    Can I see myself sewing happily on this machine in 20 years?

    Are there any handouts about the machine I can take to read at home?

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    How great is this. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
    Live simply so that others may simply live.

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    What a great idea. Thank you.

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    Where?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny View Post
    DonnaCee had an idea to start a tips topic. Because topics soon become lost and are difficult to weed through, I decided to create a "Tips Page". I went through all of the posts and organized the tips into categories. I gave each person credit for sharing their tip. When someone shares a new tip with us, I will add it to the page. Our head moderator, PatriceJ has graciously agreed to "stick" this topic to the top of the main page so you can find it easily.

    You can find the official "Tips Page" by clicking on this link:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=3335

    Happy Quilting!
    Where do I add a tip? I have a few to add.
    I hope there are sewing machines in Heaven

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    I looked up how to "Bookmark" this page and basically it was the same thing as saving it to favorites. I did take it a step further tho. I went to my favorites and left clicked on this page and slid it over to my desktop. All I have to do now is make sure I am signed in and click on the icon on my desktop and here I am. I also saved it back to my favorites because when you drag it to your desktop you lose it in your favorites.

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    What a great idea, thank you for you thoughts and hard work!

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    ChubbyBunny, thank you so much for taking the time to put this together! And, how wonderful that you categorized the tips!!! Looking forward to seeing more tips as they are posted. :-)
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    Ladibug, thank you for the guidance on how to easily and quickly access the page! :-)
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    Chubbybunny

    What is a FANTASTIC idea, and thank you for that!

    TreeFrog
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    I am a hand quilter and also love doing red work and other forms of hand stitching. I have had a problem with marking my quilt tops as some markers just don't wash out and some do not show up well so I tried something different and it worked for me. I use wash away light weight interfacing and draw my design on it and use glue stick to adhere it to my quilt top. This way I can audition my design with out putting any marks on my fabric. I used this for embroidering on towels and it works great. For doing towels I also use a piece the same size as my design on the back and my thread does not com thru the front or disappear into the towel. I just make sure the glue is not where a quilting line will be and it completley washes out as well as does the interfacing.
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

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    I forgot to mention in my earlier post a huge thank you for this category, it is so much easier than trying to find something in my favorites.
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

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    Thank you! The new "Tips Board" is going to be quite helpful. I am going to bookmark it.
    I am new to quilting and I need all the help that I can get.

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    My best tip to offer is: Go digital. My computer was always running slow because of all of the embroidery designs and quilt patterns I had stored on my hard drive. Then one day I decided to get a high capacity external hard drive. I spent a long time getting everything moved over but it was well worth it. I have everything in folders in it apropriate catagory. Such as: Quilts; eleanor Burns; Quilt in a Day; Flying Geese. Now I am going to tackle some of my old quilt magazines. I've decided to copy the things I want from each magazine and then donate them. I have some 700,000 embroidery designs and about 3000 quilt paterns on my external. I also add notes and pictures to them, especially if I changed something or if I didn't like something about it. I can't believe how much quicker my computer runs. i do backup my external to Cloud. Also not as much clutter in my sewing room.

    Next will come Sewing machine manuals, ruler directionsw (who would think the day would come that you would need directions for rulers) and last my books. I'm thinking of all the space I will have, did someone say "room for more fabric"?
    Last edited by gail-r; 11-27-2012 at 04:48 PM.
    Gail in Utah

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    I found that ice cream buckets are great for making templates especially the square ones you buy at walmart.
    Diana

    I can do all things through Jesus Christ which strengthens me.....He is my Rock!

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    What a goldmine for this newbie. My DH is having to listen to my "Ah ha's!" I guess we're both learning,

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    Wonderful idea! Thanks

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    Thank you, you did all of us a favor.

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    Great idea! Thank you!

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    I really like having a tip section....thank you for taking the time. I have one suggestion. I notice that there is maybe one or two tips on a page the rest are comments....mostly...thanks or quick praise. Maybe it would be good to delete comments that aren't relevent to the idea after a month. it would make browsing thru much quicker and not so many pages considering it will continue to grow. I think it is good to comment, just don't need "good idea" & "thanks" on older posts. Don't mean to offend anyone just offering a tip.

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    Sorry....I'm new to this. I thought this was the tips page. I wondered why it was so confusing. I finally found "the tips page" and it is so nice! Thanks you!

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    Check out this!!!.... DIY bobbin wraps.
    http://www.schlosserdesigns.com/2012...-bobbin-clips/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    Check out this!!!.... DIY bobbin wraps.
    http://www.schlosserdesigns.com/2012...-bobbin-clips/
    Thanks for this tip. This appears that even I can do it. I am going to give it a try.

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    These tips are great, Thank you so much!

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    I keep a box of zip lock snack bags and sandwich bags in my scrap basket. Once a week, time allowed, I press and trim my scraps. Then put each color and print in their own bag. Always ready to use for a scrap quilt or try a new block pattern. Easy to see what I need.
    Thanks for the tips!

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