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Thread: Favorite tools

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    Favorite tools

    Curious what everyone's favorite tools of each type are please list what type and brand if you know.


    Sewing machine:

    Thread for hand quilting:

    Seam allowance tools:

    Needles for hand sewing:

    Rotary cutters and mats: (type and size)

    Rulers and templates:

    Pins, clips and other types:

    Other tools and gadgets you may find handy:

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    Scissors: Kai

    Sewing machine: Brother 1500

    Thread for hand quilting: don't hand quilt. For hand applique and binding - Bottom Line

    Seam allowance tools: ?? I use add-a-quarter and add-an-eighth, but only on minis or paper pieced. Otherwise, I don't use seam allowance tools. Unless you're talking about a quarter-inch foot on my machine?

    Needles for hand sewing: John James, Richard Hemming, or Roxanne. Sharps size 10 or 11

    Rotary cutters and mats: (type and size) Not really picky, I do like the auto-closing cutters. I like to have one small mat next to my machine and one large mat for yardage.

    Rulers and templates: Olfa Frosted

    Pins, clips and other types: have to be nickel-plated. I like the flower head pins and the teensy silk pins with white heads

    Other tools and gadgets you may find handy:
    My leather thimble.
    Niagra non-aerosol spray starch.
    syringe-type machine oil
    Last edited by Peckish; 01-14-2013 at 05:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meldmac View Post
    Curious what everyone's favorite tools of each type are please list what type and brand if you know.

    Scissors: gingher

    Sewing machine: Brother Dreamweaver-really its a dream

    Thread for hand quilting: ? wouldn't even know

    Seam allowance tools: add-a-quarter ruler for PP

    Needles for hand sewing: any that work

    Rotary cutters and mats: (type and size) 45mm gingher 60mm Olfa quick change, June Tailor Mat

    Rulers and templates: Optima-they don't make this brand anymore so when my rulers break I will be sad, June Tailor shape cut ruler

    Pins, clips and other types: have a ton, all are collecting dust

    Other tools and gadgets you may find handy:
    purple thang
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D, Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

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    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
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    Rulers ... Omnigrid. I've just replaced ALL my other rulers with Omnigrid. As far as I'm concerned, there is no other ruler.

    Mat ... Beba, it's the "translucent" kind, not the green kind. My rotary cutter blade rarely needs replacement after getting this mat. I've been using the same blade now for the last TWO QUILTS and the night before last I was able to cut through FOUR thicknesses of thick ticking fabric without a blemish. My mat is also in great shape (2 years old now).

    Needles for hand sewing .... Spiral eye. I LOVE them.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.


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    Where do you purchase a translucent mat? I've never even heard of them.
    A Ricky Van Shelton fan

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    The red clips for holding binding.
    But my very favorite is the Quilt In A Day triangle square up ruler. One cut to square up.

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    Martelli rotary cutter and mat.
    Kai scissors.
    Creative Grid Rulers. Replacing all other brands with this one slowly but surely.
    aka Gale

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    If you google Beba mats, you can buy them from an online source. They seem to be reasonably priced.

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    Super Member Weezy Rider's Avatar
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    Scissors - Fiskars that you squeeze. I have long skinny fingers and the other type of scissors give me fits.

    Rotary Cutter - right now True Cut. also have Martelli

    I have those clips and like them

    Pfaff 2140 and 44 (both updated to 2170) and a new PC 1500S

    Cutting mat - something I bought at a quilt show, it's white.

    Needles - usually some kind of sharp milliners. I like long skinny needles.

    Pet dishes to hold pins.

    I have Olfa mats - but they have been used to cut mats along with fabric.

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