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Thread: Another Favorite FMQ tool, CHEAP

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    Another Favorite FMQ tool, CHEAP

    While at the last Sewing Expo in my area I saw a demo of hand pads for FMQ. The price was $30, ouch. My friend Redbugsullivan said that was waaay too much money and she had an idea that dryboard erasers would work just as well for less $$. She gave me a two pack to try. These pads are working for me as they grip the fabric very well, are soft on the hands, don't have to remove my quilting gloves every time for a bobbin change and they are cheap!
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    very clever idea. thanks for sharing
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    I heard or saw something a week or so ago about using sponges in this manner. I had a package of inexpensive sponges in the kitchen and tried them. Was very pleased with the way they gripped the fabric. Is there an advantage to using the dry erase pads? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyjvan9 View Post
    . Is there an advantage to using the dry erase pads? Thanks.
    No advantage just that they are cheap and they work for me. But I will also try your sponge idea.
    Sweet Caroline

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    unique idea,bet many are going to try this idea,thanks for sharing
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    Great idea!

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    How does anyone know items work just the same without comparison? I would have to test the quilting pads first to know how the sponges or erasers compare and then decide about the price difference. I have sprayed basting spray on batting squares to use to move my quilt top while fmq.
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    Got fabric?

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    Very clever! I may have to give those a try. And if they don't work out, I can always donate them to the school.

    Cheers, K

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    This is cool! I'm going to try this. I hate having to keep taking off my quilting gloves to do anything.
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    Must go and see if I have any sponges which work in the same wAy.
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    Great idea! Thanks!
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    Another reason I read this board.....
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    Great idea!! Thanks for sharing.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I think personally I would try the cheapest idea 1st and if it worked for me I wouldn't worry about the other ideas.

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    I have used them and like them. I lost one so will go find these to replace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki I View Post
    I think personally I would try the cheapest idea 1st and if it worked for me I wouldn't worry about the other ideas.
    I think I saw this idea somewhere else and meant to try it, but forgot- thanks for the reminder!

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    Thanks for the great tip!
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    Thanks for sharing, I'm going to try this idea too. I use some rubberized gloves I got in the hardware section of Ocean State Job Lot, they work great but I'm always taking them on and off to do stuff I can't do with gloves on. I'll let you all know what I think after I try.
    If anyone else tries the sponges or dry erase sponges I'd be very interested in hearing about your experience.

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    Great idea! I know I have something in this house I can try. (I HATE wearing gloves, so I don't do it.)

    Thanks!

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    Thanks for this tip. All money saved on tools can be spent on fabric.....
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    Great idea, I will give this a try, sure worth it. I like the machinger gloves, have to agree with everyone else, not having to take them off and on would be great! I do like this board for the hints everyone is so willing to share. Thanks!

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    That is a very cool idea. Keeps your hands free and no hand sweating.
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    An even cheaper alternative (and one that I love) is circles (or rectangles) made out of rubbermaid grip-it shelf liner. At the Dollar Tree, you can get two round pieces that are the perfect size, and they are thicker than the shelf liner. They also are wonderful for opening jars!

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    very good idea

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    Thanks for sharing this idea and with pics as well.
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