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    Gadgets you feel are worth the money.

    So many gadgets out there that we use once or twice and throw them in the closet never to be used again. I tried a seam ripper today that will be glued to my hip...love it...I made a sewing mistake (surprise)..time to try out the new seam ripper from Mighty Bright. This seam ripper is AWESOME. It is totally worth it. I love the magnifier. what a huge difference. and love how the seam ripper can rotate. It really does make ripping out seams a breeze and I can see what I am doing. Having a light on it is a nice bonus!

    What are some gadets that you have that are keepers?...ones you would highly recommend? I have plently I would not recommend, but thought this would be a good place for items you really truely feel are worth the money.

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    I wouldn't be without the Kwik Klip that helps close pins when you are pin basting.....it really saves the fingers!
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    Did you order it on line, or is this seam ripper carried at your LQS?

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    Love my stripper that cuts in 1/2 in h increments.

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    A pair of spring clamps from Home Depot. Clamp my ruler in place and no more slipping - even with the gripper dots!

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    My June Taylor rulers and my 4 1/2 square ruler.

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    You can get it on line. its $9.99 http://www.mightybright.com/Magnifie...with-Magnifier.
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    Did you order it on line, or is this seam ripper carried at your LQS?

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    I will have to check this out...sounds like a great idea.
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    A pair of spring clamps from Home Depot. Clamp my ruler in place and no more slipping - even with the gripper dots!

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    The shape cut rulers by June tailor

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    June Tailor fray block for applique
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    I'm a fan of my June Taylor rulers, and wouldn't be caught sewing without my hemostats at my table. I have 2 pair - one from my nursing days (expensive) and one pair I got at a surplus store in the fishing department (very inexpensive). I use them for grabbing the bottom thread to pull it to the top, to hold a needle when changing it, to hold the thread when trying to thread the needle of my sewing machine that doesn't have the automatic threader, for pulling a needle through stubborn fabric, for pulling small thread bits out of a seam, and the list goes on. I've also used them to hold a small piece of batting to dust out the bobbin area. To quote a hotsauce commercial -- I use that **** on everything lol.
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    nippers for the bed of the sewing machine... truecut sharpener for rotary blades... alex anderson 4 in 1 tool (wooden iron, point turner, seam ripper, awl), tube turner...love this..., 6 x 24 ruler and allllll my square-up rulers....

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    Sandpaper dots for my templates, or OmniGrip .. Life savers for me..
    dull-Pointed chopstick for perfect corners when 'birthing'
    5in Gingher scissors- use them for EVERYTHING
    1x4 ruler for marking lines on smaller sqs

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    I have never thought of getting a 1/4 ruler...what a great idea! I am teaching my daughter inlaw to quilt and that is an area where she needs help.
    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    Sandpaper dots for my templates, or OmniGrip .. Life savers for me..
    dull-Pointed chopstick for perfect corners when 'birthing'
    5in Gingher scissors- use them for EVERYTHING
    1x4 ruler for marking lines on smaller sqs

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    I have never heard of June Tailr fray block. I will have to give it a try. I use Dritz Fray check and so far like it. I am making a drunkards path raw edge and used 606 spray and I think I may use fray check with it. I did that for my last quilt and it worked great. I heard you can just use the 606 to prevent fraying and as a fusible but I am so nervous that the 606 along may not work. Has anyone just used the 606? if so..any issues with fraying?
    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    June Tailor fray block for applique

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    my purple thang, my binding tool, sandpaper dots, and the little thread cutter I put on the side of my machines!

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    My Ott lights are my favorite, couldn't sew at night without them.
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    The magnetic wand to pick up the pins. My nylon scrubbie to wipe the cutting mat or iron board off with.

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    Did you pay the $6.00 to ship it? I found it on Amazon.com for $6.04 plus 4.04 shipping. Or. $10.39 free shipping.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post

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    I have too many to list them all.

    Steady Betty, Grace rotary blade sharpener, Sidewinder, Rule Steady, rotating cutting mat, Simplicity Bias tape machine,...
    Got fabric?

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    You found a much better deal!
    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    Did you pay the $6.00 to ship it? I found it on Amazon.com for $6.04 plus 4.04 shipping. Or. $10.39 free shipping.

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    [QUOTE=carolaug;4834590]So many gadgets out there that we use once or twice and throw them in the closet never to be used again. I tried a seam ripper today that will be glued to my hip...love it...I made a sewing mistake (surprise)..time to try out the new seam ripper from Mighty Bright. This seam ripper is AWESOME. It is totally worth it. I love the magnifier. what a huge difference. and love how the seam ripper can rotate. It really does make ripping out seams a breeze and I can see what I am doing. Having a light on it is a nice bonus!

    Sounds great but at the cost I hope it stays sharp a good long time.

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    I love Tiger Tape for making half-square triangles.

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    Two things: A $3.00 stylus I bought at the LQS and a cotton tweezer made by clover,for pulling out the thread after the ripper has been lurking about. My friend gave it to me as a birthday present and it saves my fingers big time.

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    On item is the "Add a quarter ruler" - great for paper piecing. My turntable cutting mat is another very handy item. I guess the item other than the sewing machine that I use the most is my "June Taylor Press N Cut" my daughter gave me for Christmas a few years ago - one side is for ironing, the other a cutting mat - I live in a townhome and my kitchen/living room is my sewing area, can't really keep the ironing board up for ironing the blocks as I complete them, this little mat is ideal.

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