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Thread: Any non-sewing items that you use for quilting?

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    Junior Member dallen4350's Avatar
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    I found my smallest crochet hook works great for closing and opening safety pins when I was quilting.

    I also have a tweezers handy when sewing. Use it to pull up thread from the bobbin, pick off any stray threads, pull out pins from under the pressure foot (but not yet under the needle), etc. I use the back to poke out corners as it has a rounded point.

    What non-sewing items do you use?

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    Sandpaper. :-D I cut out a piece of cardboard and wrapped a piece of 200 grit around it and duck taped it down. Wonderful to sign siggie blocks with or to draw lines on blocks cornor to cornor. I have used a large T-square for cutting out my borders. Its 48" long and the T part hooks onto the edge of the table and good to go. Works great.

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    Macking tape for picking up threads,

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    Rubber cement for backs of rulers to keep them from sliding. Works like a charm. Thanks to original contributor.

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    Little wallpaper roller to press seams at table when small pieces being sewn.

    Mustache trimmer as seam ripper.

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    I have used hemostats as tweezers....also used a little wallpaper roller to press seams. I have made a sandpaper board to put behind fabric when making markings in pencil. I am sure there are others...just can't think of any this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deenatoo
    I have made a sandpaper board to put behind fabric when making markings in pencil.
    What is the benefit for doing this? Y'all come up with some really good ideas and tips.
    Priscilla

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    The sandpaper keeps the fabric from scooting around when writing on it.
    I use the plastic salad containers to keep my projects in.
    I also use the kitty-litter containers (cut in half)to keep my patterns and magazines in.

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    I use a gizmo from Loews to store my worn out rotary cutting blades. It's called a Contain-it. It's a round (perfect size for the 45 mm blades), plastic container about 4 inches high with a soft plastic lid with a slit across the top. I just pop the blades thru the slit until I have enough to take in for recycling.

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    Tweezers, masking tape, sectioned utensil holder, bathroom plastic suction-on grab bar to hold ruler when cutting w/ rotary cutter, exacto knife, box cutter, hanging shoe bag, Harbor Freight blades.
    probably more, but that all that comes to mind right now. :)

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    LOVE this board - more FANTASTIC IDEAS. Thank you AGAIN quilters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl222
    Little wallpaper roller to press seams at table when small pieces being sewn.

    Mustache trimmer as seam ripper.
    I like the trimmer, its also for cutting off any of the long threads,that get on the front of the quilt

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    Freezer paper! I use it to print my labels on the fabric from my printer. Found the tutorial here - http://craftygemini.blogspot.com/201...-for-free.html

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    A knitting needle is great for turning straps for totes.

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    LOL..great question..I use a really cool dart as a stiletto..to guide fabric..ripped off Hubby's T-square..lint roller for threads..The biggy thing is..flat hair clips for various things..they are great for binding!! I have a housefull of Grandkids today..but later when I'm sane..I'm sure I'll think of more !!

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    Elmer's Washable School glue. I can tame any block, border or anything else using dots of it.

    http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2008...nd-quilts.html

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    I use a metal yard stick some times when I want a long cut and a long arm lamp that I can move and streach for more ligh when I need it

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    Cookie cutters for templates. Medicine bottles for used needles and pins.

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    I also use medicine bottles for used needles. I use tins for holding pins. I use make-up bags for holding my binding kits (made several so I can work on different projects and take them with). I use the covered pony tail holders around bobbins (saw as a suggestion elsewhere).

    I have the Harbor Freight blades as well.

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    An African Porcupine quill as a stilleto
    or bbq skewers for the same purpose

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    A HAMMER......to flatten those multi part seams....
    you know like the center of a 6 point star.....a good wake of the hammer makes them so much easier to quilt....

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    I use a short double pointed knitting needles as a silletto on the machine, pushes a wine cork on the opposite end....so I can always find it....

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    Chopsticks to turn anything inside out.....

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    painters tape, off-set screwdriver, pipe cleaners, Q-tips, soft make-up brush, extendable magnet from automotive store and shelf liner. (to keep foot pedal and sewing machine from walking all over the place.)

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    I love to use a clothes drying rack when I'm working with a lot of fabric strips. It helps me keep them in order and easy to get what I need. It also helps to let me see what colors I have a lot of or which ones I'm running low on. Here's a picture of the one that I'm using right now. Ignore the mess behind the rack, please. :-)
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