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Thread: Basic supplies?

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    What are the basic supplies that are needed for quilting? Besides the sewing machine and fabric of course. :lol:

    What are good brands of supplies? Where is a good place to find said supplies?

    As much detail as possible would be appreciated as sewing is a completely new arena for me. :oops: I'm a scrapper and I've dabbled in decorating cakes, but sewing? Other than the very basics, I'm pretty lost. :lol:

    I understand that there are different types/sizes of needles? Different quality thread? Even different quality fabric? I gather that Walmart fabric is not very good?

    Thanks for the guidance!


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    Hi Moonhoney2! Welcome to the Board!

    Basics: Rotary Cutter - I personally prefer the Olfa 45mm that self-closes.
    Self-healing rotary cutting mat - again, I like Olfa
    Acrylic rulers - 6"X12", 6"X24" are good to start with. I prefer the Omnigrip brand, they're non-slip.
    Scissors - you should have one pair of GOOD scissors, that you don't use for anything but fabric! Gingher brand is awesome, I saved up & have one pair of shears & one of small ones for snipping threads. Fiscars is a less-expensive option too. Nothing wrong with those! The Ginghers just feel so good in your hand!
    Pins - you need long pins for piecing. I started out using the standard glass ball head pins, but a couple of years ago I switched to flat head pins. I find them easier to use with the rulers...and my sewing machine needle can go thru' the head without breaking...ahem! :oops:
    Needles - Machine - I think I have mostly Schmetz brand
    Hand sewing/quilting - John James brand (quilt shops carry)
    Thread - I use Coats & Clark's Dual Duty mostly, also have some neat polyesters from Superior Threads, and Gutterman...

    Anyone else? Can't think of what else to add!
    Most of these can be purchased at JoAnn Fabric or WalMart or quilt shops or online. WalMart fabric is OK - just depends on what you want to do and how much disposable income you have! LOL My stash has fabric from WalMart, JoAnn's, local quilt shops, quilt show vendors....
    (I don't want to scare you, but you can see most of my stash here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/4493.page )

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    That sounds like a pretty complete list to me. I use a lipped ruler a lot - it is one thing I wish I had when I was learning.

    Check into some of the Quilt in a Day books by Eleanor Burns - they are wonderful, and she is an expert at finding easy ways to cut and piece. Many of us got hooked early on because of her log cabin book. It was the first time I got a top done in a week, and really inspired me to stay with the craft.

    There is a tablerunner class here that was a great starter - http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/45/2764.page and http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/2974.page
    and once a month, there is a beginner class by ShellyQ
    www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6460.page

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    The most important thing of all. A SEAM RIPPER!!!!. They come in all sizes small to very big!!! You might want to buy more than one. lol

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    yes, seam ripper - must be a slip in my mind, did not occur to me due to my love/hate relationship with the device.

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    Scissors, various sizes and "pointiness" - check (although i think the $2 imitation Fiskars work just as well. PLUS i don't cry when i can't find them. :lol: )

    Seam Un-Sewer, also various sizes and "pointiness" - check. (daaaaaaahling ... we never rip. We re-engineer. :lol: )

    TWEEZERS ... to pick out the rogue little pieces of thread left over from re-engineering or for giving it the final precision haircut when it's done. (what? you've never failed to clip a slightly frayed edge before stitching and ended up with whiskers on the top? :lol: )

    Ruler that gives you lip - check (unless you're already getting enough lip from the husband or kids because they no longer have 150% of your undivided attention. :roll: )

    Needles: omigosh!!! so many needles for so many purposes. take a dramamine, honey, cause you will get dizzy. :lol:
    http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00185.asp
    http://www.theartfulcrafter.com/sewing-tips.html
    http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/sewinginfo/hsc-sewing-hints/sewing-mach-needles.htm
    http://www.shiboridragon.com/NeedleInfo.htm

    (somebody pass the smelling salts and let the poor kid know that a size 11 or 14 standard needle or quilting needle will work just fine in most cases. :wink: )

    thread? wars have started over which threads are worst and best. :lol: i have one machine in which i can use just about anything. I have another that throws tension trantrums if i don't feed it what it wants. oddly ... one of its favorites is the dirt-cheap poly blend from wally world. which, naturally, i didn't discover until i'd spent a fortune testing higher end stuff. :lol: :lol:

    point being ... don't run out and buy a whole lot of anything. buy one each of a variety of whichever brands and types you can afford, then feed your baby what it likes best. :wink:

    the same goes for fabric. i will be the first to admit that i now have a preference for the brands you can buy online but i still shop at walmart, too. except for their muslin and a few things from the dollar table, none of it has ever shrunk on me or bled. also, since i experiment a lot, my failures don't cost me a fortune. :wink:

    and i CAN'T believe nobody else recommended the SINGLE most important item in the kit: CHOCOLATE!!!!! bags of it; boxes of it; buckets of it. to console yourself when a seam won't go right; and to celebrate when it does. :P :P :P

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    That's too funny, my machine is old and finicky, and it will not take any thread but the wal-mart thread too, or i end up with tension problems lol

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    Welcome to quilting!
    I don't know where your from but Joann fabric coupons are a must if theres
    one nearby. I use the coupons for the more expensive things like books, scissors, mats.....ect. I love the Ginger scissors light weight ones there my'
    favorite. And yes a seam ripper is a must. I call mine my best friend!
    Looks like your getting plenty of help here. I love these guys! :lol:

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    A good 1/4" presser foot that works well for you and your machine :D extra bobbins so you do not have to stop and wind bobbins when you are "in the zone" :D safety pins or basting spray for when you are ready to sandwich your quilt :D

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    I took my first quilting class from quiltuniversity.com and it worked out great. I learned a lot of the basics and was able to do it on my own time and on my own machine at home. All the lessons can be printed out for future reference and the cost is nominal, usually less than $50.00. All of the teachers are professionals and you can ask any questions you want during the weeks the class is going on. Sunflower

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    This list is fantastic and as you can read....information from these people is worth more than anything....
    I would also add a seam ruler to double check my 1/4 inch seams
    Hope to hear from you soon on your quilting adventures.
    Kirsten

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    You have had some very comprhensive lists - I will just add my bit.
    Fabric marking - try several like water soluble markers, chalk pencil (I have one that you can change the colour and comes with thin chalk sticks in about 4 colours). Also try small slivers of toiltet soap (the bit you are left with) - you can shave then to get thin lines.
    Good luck - I know you will enjoy your quilting journey and you have come to the best place for loads of help and info.
    Jane

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    Before going out and purchasing books ( I did, have a lot that I will never use) see if your local library carries them, then if you really like the book, then buy it. And yes, JoAnns coupons if you have one to shop at. And if you do, don't forget to sign up for the emails and the mailer, you get triple coupons that way, and all can be used on the same visit, each is allowed to be used for a cut of fabric because they are each from a different source.

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    Depending on the type of quilt you make, template plastic or pre made templates are nice. If you're doing a quilt that has mostly squares or strips, though, I wouldn't consider it an absolute must

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    Just a couple of tips when buying rulers make sure they are the same brand as the measurements are not always the same. If you can afford a walking foot for straight sewing it will make it easier when sewing all the layers ie batting, front of work and back together as it helps feed it through more evenly. These are all things that i have found out the hard way...
    Dont start with a huge quilt first up, make potholders and wall hangings that way you can practice all the techniques first without spending a lot of money on fabric and then when you feel more confident you can go out and splash out on all the beautiful fabrics there are out there! Also be careful with the rotary cutter as it is extremely sharp..use it as carefully as you would a razor blade and keep your fingers out of the way..always close it when not in use as a lot of people drop it and cut their toes. I think all the ladies have covered just about everything else and remember enjoy your quilting and dont get upset if it takes a while to get it right just go onto something else and then go back to it later. What works for one doesnt always work for another so try different things. Looking forward to see what you create!

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    Don't forget the old faithful necessities; the iron and ironing board, without which our work would wind up with all kinds of lumps and bumps. It would also be helpful to have a pressing cloth for fusibles, scorch marks and "iron shine" on dark fabrics and another good product is Iron Off just in case you wind up with gunk on your iron. Quilting is a great adventure but we all make mistakes so just take your time, relax and enjoy it. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Another suggestion...If there is a Quilt Guild in your area pay a visit to the meeting. (Or close by Quilt Show) They are a great source of advise (hands on), inspiration, and acquaints you with the area. Or ask a store where you can buy fabric or supplies

    I have lived in 6 or 7 different communities in my travels and find quilters the most helpful of new acquaintances, after all we speak the same language.

    I appreciate knowing where the Board Members live, some times can send hints. Cecelia

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    (somebody pass the smelling salts and let the poor kid know that a size 11 or 14 standard needle or quilting needle will work just fine in most cases. :

    and i CAN'T believe nobody else recommended the SINGLE most important item in the kit: CHOCOLATE!!!!! bags of it; boxes of it; buckets of it. to console yourself when a seam won't go right; and to celebrate when it does. :P :P :P
    hee hee how can we possibly forget the chocolate!! I also find a nice glass of wine helps through things too!!! LOL

    As to some fabric suggestions... depending on your budget, there are many beautiful online sources to buying fabrics. Here in Newfoundland, I find if I go to the real quilt stores around here, I could be spending anywhere from $9-18 a metre (just a few inches more than a yard). Lately I have been introduced by many people here about some amazing online fabric stores that charge much much less and the quality is amazing!! I now only spend $3-6 a yard for my fabrics and they are the big names like Debbie Mumm, Thimbleberries, Red Rooster, Kona, etc!!!!

    Quilting can be a bit pricey when you are just starting up so my advice is to stash a little mad money away each pay cheque and then treat yourself to a new tool or piece of fabric to get you started. There are also alot of beautiful FREE patterns online to choose from to get you started.

    Check out the Links and Resources page here in this forum. You will find some great projects there to get you started. The Block of the Month (BOM) page is also great as every 2 weeks you will be given a new block pattern online to make.. It is a good way to learn how to put blocks together and in the end make yourself a really nice sampler quilt.

    You will find alot of great tips and suggestions from all these talented guys and gals on this forum. They are full of inspiration and ideas to get you quilting!!! The levels of quilting in this group are from your basic/beginner quilter to the advanced and everyone in between!!! Not to mention a VERY VERY supportive crew!!!

    ooh and if you are not a chocolate person (gasp....!!!) then I also find if my supply of chocolate has vanished, I like munching on gummy candy!!! :)

    We look forward to hearing how you make out in your new quilting adventures!!!! Don't forget to post photos of your work here.. we Looooooooooove show and tell!! :)

    Cheers!!

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