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Thread: Anyone using a Sew Slip?

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    Does anyone have the Sew Slip? What is your evaluation?

    The Sew Slip costs $25 and I don't want to invest if they do not work well. I had seen one demonstrated at a quilt show and it seemed to be worth a look, but of course the demonstrator was also selling the product.

    Sounded like it was not effected by humidity. I struggled with free motion yesterday as it is hot and humid here in PA. Any thoughts?

    Suzanne

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    What is a sew slip I've never heard of it thought I haven't been quilting very long.

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    It is a 12" x 18" of "plastic" (for lack of a better term), that adheres temporarily to the bed of your machine with the needlehole opening. It is slippery and aids in free-motion quilting. Supposedly, there is no drag caused by humidity or whatever. I recall that it is very thin, but I do not know the composition of the sheet. Once positioned, it will not slide around until you lift after use.

    Just thought someone in the group had tried same.

    Suzanne


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    someones hubby made something out of wood and covered it with contac...said it worked great...........its here somewhere...........ask

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    I've never heard of a Sew Slip, but if it is like the Free Motion Slider or Supreme Slider, it is a teflon sheet. I have a teflon sheet I purchased some years ago from a sign supply shop to use as a heat press cloth. It works just as well today as it did then, & the surface is still just as slick. I would suggest looking for something like this (google search) if you do not want to pay that much, although, you will have to put your own hole in it, and use double sided or even carpet tape to hold it down. I bought a can of Quilt Glide from my local quilt shop for $8.95, which works great. You spray it on your table tops, quilt bed, and anywhere else you want to reduce friction or drag on your quilt and wipe/buff it off. It is super easy to use, works like a charm (it reminds you of putting
    Armor-All on leather seats- slippery), and lasts through at least 1 king size quilt. (I am speaking from experience) The website listed on the can is:

    www.jukeboxquilts.com

    Hope this helps.

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    They're are two here the one Barbs husband made and the one I made myself from looking at her pic.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/808.page

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    The Free Motion Slider and Supreme Slider! What exactly are these items?

    I know Viking has something new that moves about in all directions which can be attached to any of their electronic machines and is used when machine quilting. It costs about $1000.

    I will look into getting the Quilt Glide and give it a try.

    The table extension is a great idea however, my machine sets into a table with a rather large surround.

    You can see the Sew Slip at http://www.sewslip.com. I was just after an evaluation before spending the $25.

    Thanks for the responses.

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    I looked at the Sew Slip, & although they do not say for sure, I believe this is a teflon sheet as well, with the silicon backing for cling or tackiness. (They say it is heat resistant up to 500 deg., it is stain resistant, fabric thin, etc., and from the pics it looks like teflon.) All that said, if it really is teflon, you will be able to use it for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment.

    The Free-Motion Slider & Supreme Slider is basicly the exact same product, and they actually tell you it is teflon. Look at this link and you can see the similarities between the 2 products: http://freemotionslider.com/




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    Yes, they appear to be similar products. The Free Motion Slider needs to be taped down to the bed of your machine while the other two (Sew Slip and Supreme Slider) resist moving once in place. Teflon's life line is an excellent selling point which I had not considered until mentioned in this forum. Thanks for this input.

    I am going to go ahead and purchase one of the latter two mentioned in the previous paragraph. Once I've had a chance to use it, I will report my findings as I really struggled with the resistance when quilting earlier this week and the project was just a lap robe.

    Suzanne

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    I have used the sew slip at our local quilt shop. (They had one there for demo purpose.) It works if you are quilting nothing larger than a place mat. I did not find it very helpful on larger items. I have a much more practial solution that works well for my purposes. First of all you must have your machine level with your table, or desk top. Sorry, but you girls who are still trying to free motion with your freearm on the kitchen table are never going to be able to manage the quilt the way you want to, your set up won't let you no matter what extra gadgets you buy. My work space (table top with the machine set down into it) is 36 in. by 54in. It is wood but it would not have to be. It has about 5 coats of poly varnish on it. Then sanded with very fine sandpaper (300 grit or smaller) and then has about 3 coats of good quality furniture polish on top of that. My entire work surface is a slick as the sew slip sheet you are talking about. It has changed my whole attitude and enjoyment of freemotion quilting. Trust me you would not believe the difference it makes!!!!

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    Thanks for giving Suzanne, and the rest of us, your hands on experience. Suzanne stated her machine is sitting down inside her cabinet. That combined with your experience of it being helpful on a placemat size area leads me to believe this is probably a good purchase for her, unless she wants or needs to spring for a new finish on her cabinet, because on a home machine, no matter your set up or quilt size, this is about all of the area you will be able to quilt at one time anyway. You are always limited by the throat space on your machine, so if, as you said, this does help an area of that size, it will be the perfect item to eliminate any drag on the bed area of the machine.

    Now, if she or anyone else is looking to refinish their wooden cabinet top, it sounds like you have found the right combo for a slippery surface. :D

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    well my hubby built my table (48x48) so that my machine sets down in it. it has a formica top and and sides which slicks up real good with pledge but the 90 degree edge is so sharp it causes a lot of problems, i'm trying to figure out what i may be able to put over it to make it more rounded. I'm going to Lowe's today to look around. other than that it's perfect.

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    Could he round off the corner for you? (Then you'd only need to replace the formica strip.)

    Mine is made from a heavy desk (like the teachers used to use) with a formica top as well. It is quite slick, but I use the quilt glide... I never even thought about pledge. You don't worry about what that might do to your quilt? It is a good idea, & cheaper too! (more money for fabric!! :D ) I like the weight of the desk because it never vibrates the slightest bit. I placed a table legnth wise along the left side that has rounded corners; that gave me extra work area, and eliminated the corner problems.

    Good luck in your quest :D

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    Hi Ladies and Tim,

    I ordered Supreme Glider from Jukebox before I went away for a few days. As I recall it was $7.95 for the item. Today they called me saying that because it was in an aerosole can it had to have special shipping and would be over $9 and was I willing to pay the extra as originally the shipping was $5. Also, there were extra UPS charges because we live in a remote area ???. I told her the UPS had made a delivery at our residence today and I see the truck everyday. Needless to say, I cancelled the order and will try the Pledge trick.

    Just thought you'd like to know. Suzanne

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    Why don't you guys just try one of those thin clear sheets one uses to make pastry on. You can buy them at Kroger's. They can be reused and are portable. This is very inexpensive as opposed to the other solutions. :D

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    They do work fairly well but you can make you own inexpensively. For complete instructions check out www.thequiltrat.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Quilt Rat
    They do work fairly well but you can make you own inexpensively. For complete instructions check out www.thequiltrat.blogspot.com
    I just visited the website you gave. I could not find the instructions :(

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    This is the direct link to the specific instructions to make your own sew slip. Anybody had it work?
    http://thequiltrat.blogspot.com/search/label/sew%20slip

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    I bought a sew slip and love it. It's made my FMQ much easier. You can really tell the difference. To me, it's worth every penny of the $25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lady.quilter
    This is the direct link to the specific instructions to make your own sew slip. Anybody had it work?
    http://thequiltrat.blogspot.com/search/label/sew%20slip
    What a great tip!!! Very economic too :D:D:D Thank you!!!

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    I have been using a sew slip for at least 2 years My machine is dropped down in an old dining room table even with the top. I find the slider makes life easier I also used garden gloves the kind with the bumps untill I got a pair of machingers quilt gloves The gloves and the slider have given me more control and it takes a lot less effort to move the quilt around a lot less aches and pains I was told to keep it on the paper it comes on and put it in a plastic bag to store

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