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Thread: Favorite Tool

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    Super Member Harmony's Avatar
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    My favorite tool is a big plastic square from June Tailor that has slots cut in it every half inch. This this is indespensable for cutting strips--makes the job go so fast! I think I've used it on every single quilt I've ever made!

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    i would give up everything except my machines, my rulers and my rotary cutter - I'm not a tool person, very basic in my stuff, but if I had to measure and cut with a 12" ruler and scissors, then sew by hand i would quit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by MoMoSews
    I was wondering if you all had a favorite tool that you wouldn't want to live without.
    That would be my sewing machine. Everything else is gravy. 8)
    ditto :-)

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    My Martelli cutter!

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    Do you think this works better than the tweezers I've been using to push all my intersections thru?

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    Manicure scissors and my ergonomic seam ripper!

    In response to a reply posted earlier....you can use moustache trimmers for a seam ripper also...they are available almost anywhere.

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    Tippy, what kind of pick tape are you quilting with? I'm always looking for finger coverups for hand quilting.

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    The June Tailor Perfect half sq triangle ruler.

    I love this ruler. I am pretty half square triangle challenged - this ruler is the best!

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/Too...r_TD81907.HTML

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    Oh Oh! I just bought one of those at Micheal's Craft store with a Sunday coupon. Regularly $13, got it for 50% off that. SCORE!! Haven't got to use it yet though.

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    One of my favorite tools is a gadget that I made from half of of two ended knitting needle (I had for knitting socks but I lost one from the set) and a piece of a 1 inch dowel. I have a small lathe so I turned the dowel into a wooden presser and drilled a hole in the other end and inserted the half of the knitting needle, So now I have a stellito and wooden iron. I do a lot of paper piecing and this is perfect for guiding the little piece when I sew them with the sewing machine and pressing the just sewn pieces before adding others. I also like to hand quilt and when I do I cut the tips of the fingers from disposable vynile gloves and put them on my thumb, and ring finger of my right hand. This makes it a lot easier to pull the needle through the quilt and prevents getting blisters.

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    Barb...you are soo clever! And handy too!

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    My favorite tool is my pair of 5" Gingher scissors. I can cut absolutely everything with them. They are always with me when I am sewing-on the machine or by hand.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their favs too---now I want to buy a Clover seam ripper (I have a great Bernina one but I like the way the Clover handle looks), and a clapper.

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    Barbs you rock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OHSue
    My Martelli cutter!
    Me Too!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Mine is a pressing clapper. Years ago I overheard a conversation at a quilt show about the winning quilter never presses her seams without using one. I had no idea what it was so I butted in and asked. At that time June Tailor was making them. It makes a big difference in my blocks, all the seams are flat and smooth. I use it on every seam I press. Before I found the wooden one to buy, I used my smooth bottom bacon press, (I never used anyway) :D One of the old flat irons would work for quilt seams too. It really makes a difference to use one.
    Here is link to a picture and how to use it:


    http://www.judisstudio.com.au/index....d=22&Itemid=34

    (***IF YOU FOLLOW THIS LINK, YOU CAN ORDER THE CLAPPER FROM THIS SITE.....IT'S 39.00 and shipping),

    I haven't found any June Tailor Clappers in a long time. Ebay may have them.
    Check the Clotilde Catalog, as I know that I have seen an advertisement for this item in one of my many catalogs. Clotilde carries things that you don't find most other places....GREAT prices on everything too! Also, if something that you have seen in a previous Clotilde catalog is not in the current catalog, just go to their site and use the search box...all the items are generally available, but do not make it into each catalog edition!
    Aloha, Andy

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    couldn't you just rip a tongue depressor off from your Dr.'s office? Just curious. Maybe if I put more thought into what I was doing my blocks and seams would be a bit neater. If it helps, then I go for it. And I am already looking at the link. But I'm going to see if I can get a tongue depresser..

    hugs,
    Blue

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