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Thread: Do you have a dual purpose quilting tool?

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    Senior Member Janet My's Avatar
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    Do you ever use a quilting tool for other than what it was intended for?

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    I use my seam ripper as a stiletto when I'm sewing

    I also use my Kwik Klip tool to help open up seams before pressing. It has saved me many a burnt finger when that seam folds over while I'm trying press it open.

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    I guess you won't want to count the dining room table as a sewing table / layout table since it's not really a "quilting tool" (although it's used more for quilting than for anything else :).

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    Or..like an ironning board to iron clothes with not just to press quilt blocks??? that kind of other use????

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    Or using the floor to make quilt sandwiches. :-)

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    I use my half circle quilting template to make more than circles and to draw patterns out with.

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    Using the Kwik Klip to open seams before pressing... what a great idea!!! Thanks!! I'll be watching this topic closely!!!

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    For a finger pressing tool ... use the little brown scraper that comes with your Pampered Chef stoneware.

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    I use a heavy darning needle to pick out stitches, and I also use it for the large eye to bury threads when I quilt. It saves time using it for both, because it's right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    For a finger pressing tool ... use the little brown scraper that comes with your Pampered Chef stoneware.
    LOL- I use that brown scraper that came with the PC Stoneware when I use the depilator creams that are supposed to remove hair- I "shave" my legs with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    For a finger pressing tool ... use the little brown scraper that comes with your Pampered Chef stoneware.
    LOL- I use that brown scraper that came with the PC Stoneware when I use the depilator creams that are supposed to remove hair- I "shave" my legs with it!
    Maybe we should have a separate thread .... all the things to do with your PC brown scraper!! .... Love my PC stoneware!!

    The back story ... I was at my OBW course, and the teacher said to finger press each seam before adding the next piece of the hex. I'd never knew there was such athing, but one of the girls brought out a tool she'd purchased to do the job.

    So when I got home, I gave the scraper and try ... and bingo! :)

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    Oh wow, I am a bit ashamed to admit my "dual use tool" to all ya'll!
    But, it has to be my seam ripper. *Not just for unsewing those pesky D'oh! moments I have all too often* It also serves as a very quick stress reliever. For when I get most stressed, I not only rip the seam but have been known to rip a few crumbs to tiny pieces with it for good measure! ;-) Works for me! LoL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet My
    Do you ever use a quilting tool for other than what it was intended for?

    For example

    I use my seam ripper as a stiletto when I'm sewing

    I also use my Kwik Klip tool to help open up seams before pressing. It has saved me many a burnt finger when that seam folds over while I'm trying press it open.
    I use old tooth brushes , cut off head and sharpen one end to a point and shave down the other end flat on both sides to use in flattening seams.. it works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet My
    Do you ever use a quilting tool for other than what it was intended for?

    For example

    I use my seam ripper as a stiletto when I'm sewing

    I also use my Kwik Klip tool to help open up seams before pressing. It has saved me many a burnt finger when that seam folds over while I'm trying press it open.
    I use old tooth brushes , cut off head and sharpen one end to a point and shave down the other end flat on both sides to use in flattening seams.. it works for me..forgot to say also I don't get finger burns ..

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    Coffee filters for applique' stabilizer
    My "Purple Thang" ... so many uses!
    Old paint brush to clean lint out of my sewing machine
    Scotch tape to remove those last bits of thread after ripping a seam
    Empty container (coffee can, peanut can, etc.) for a mini desktop trash can
    Old canning jars to hold various pens, markers, and other "vertical" sewing tools. They look pretty with old buttons in them, too. :)

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    Most things I have have more than one use -- the more uses the better.

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    i wouldnt be without1] my purple thang---keeps fingers away from needle--turns corners out---adds extra 4 inches to reach that back itch 2] artery forceps[haemostats]--grips the stuck needle---turns tubes--- extra 3 inchs to pick up dropped ??? saves getting out of the chair--hold the end of elastic so you dont pull it through the casing too far

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    When the grandkids leave partialy filled water bottles sitting around when they go home, I gather them up and use them in my iron. My iron recommends bottled water and they say don't reuse water bottles because of bacteria. Tap water is good enough for me but the GKs will drink bottled water but not tap. Anything to keep them from drinking pop.

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    My dual purpose tool is my stiletto. I, of course, use it for what it is intended. My husband "borrows" it to use to help get wine ice cubes out of the trays. Let me explain...we like to have wine that's very cold. He came up with the idea of making ice cubes out of wine. They don't freeze all the way so they're a little difficult to get out of the trays. He uses it to nudge the cubes in to the wine glasses.

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    Half of a wooden clothespin for a wooden iron, an old CD to trace circles and parchment paper for fusible web as I can never find my pressing sheet and it keeps my iron bottom clean. That is just to name a few....
    Brenda

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    I use tweezers to pull my needle through the material when it gets stuck.

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    The little plastic tub that bulk chewing gum comes in .... as a Sharps Disposal. Put in old rotary blades, broken needles, bent pins, etc.

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    great ideas

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    A long pointed tweezer becomes a great stiletto, and is fine enough to get out those stubborn threads that seem to pop out when machine quilting. It gets used LOTS when cleaning the lint out of the treadle's VS and feed dog area.

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    I'm a painter/decorator. I use some of my quilting rulers to measure when i'm doing a decorative finish and I also use the quilting rulers when i'm installing new knobs or pulls on kitchen cabinets. They are way better than the actual products that have been marketed for such use.

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    Rulers and rotary cutters for cutting/squaring paper, bristol board, scrapbooking, etc.

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