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    Question Has any1 tried any of the Martelli Products?

    Good Evening Every1,

    I am curious about the Martelli Notions brand. I have seen them on youtube and was wondering if any1 on the board has, likes and used their products. I am interested in three different products.

    The 1st product is: the Stitch-N-Ditch Binding Foot. Has anyone tried (or currently own) one? Does it work? Do you like it? Would you recommend it to quilting friends??

    The 2nd product is: the Zip Bind System. Has anyone tried (or currently own) one? Does it work? Do you like it? Would you recommend it to quilting friends??

    The 3rd product is:Minute Miters, half-inch, 4-pack. Has anyone tried (or currently own) one? Does it work? Do you like it? Would you recommend it to quilting friends??

    Any help, suggestions or information is greatly appreciated. Please and Thank you in advance for your time. I am sure that with all of the talented people on this board, there is someone on here who has used them.

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    I don't have these but I have heard that the zip bind system is hard to use hard to put the things on. Thats all I have heard about that, not sure about the foot though but I am interesed

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    I buy fabric and their ergonomic rotary cutter. I love their store and they carry beautiful fabric, high quality. Sorry, I have never used the items you asked about.
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    I have the zip gun that applies the clips to hold the binding. It works fine and the clips are reusable and stay on the quilt tight. The mats and cutters are excellent. That said, now..
    Martelli was banned from the Paduah quilt show. I talked to other vendors about this and no one had any good to say about the Martelli vendors. I was told how they hire young guys to woo and flatter the quilters into buying and then they joke about it behind the scenes how they could sell anything to them. The vendors close to their booth complained about the rudness. They were at the Paducah mall vending the next time and employing the same tactics of luring ladies in and sweet talking them. I sit and watched them for almost an hour and really realized what was going on after hearing about it. I will not buy their products as long as the company allows such unseemly sales tactics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I have the zip gun that applies the clips to hold the binding. It works fine and the clips are reusable and stay on the quilt tight. The mats and cutters are excellent. That said, now..
    Martelli was banned from the Paduah quilt show. I talked to other vendors about this and no one had any good to say about the Martelli vendors. I was told how they hire young guys to woo and flatter the quilters into buying and then they joke about it behind the scenes how they could sell anything to them. The vendors close to their booth complained about the rudness. They were at the Paducah mall vending the next time and employing the same tactics of luring ladies in and sweet talking them. I sit and watched them for almost an hour and really realized what was going on after hearing about it. I will not buy their products as long as the company allows such unseemly sales tactics.
    It sounds like a totally different company than the one at our quilt show here in Hampton but it's not. There were mostly women, old, young and in the middle. They demonstrated everything with no pressure to buy. I like most of the products except for the large binding clip; I've gotten two of them and they've fallen apart. The med and small one works great. I have a large binding clip dispenser since these were orginally made for office supplies so I use it instead of theirs. But I have to say the in the past couple of years that I've been to their shop here I haven't seen any of what you are talking about. But maybe there isn't as much competition here. I don't know or they hire different people for different shows. It does sound like they need to set up some guide lines for all to follow.
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    I tried the Foot that makes it easy to sew curves. Sorry to say it broke after about the 100th block. I didn't find it any easier than the good old fashioned pin. I love to do curved piecing too. I am not trying to bad mouth the company. The tool just didn't suit me.
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    I've never seen Martelli vend at a national show that wasn't young men and the one woman who demos the binding system. Maybe they have changed since the Paducah situation. I'm sure they got feedback from it.
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    I really like their rotary mats. Several friends use their rotary cutter and blades and like them. My hands do't allow me to to use the rotary cutter, darn.

    I do know that they are good about sending out any replacements if needed. I have found them easy to dealwith. But, I don't pay attention to all the demo's anyway.

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    i have a number of Martelli template acrylic template sets which i've been using for 7 or 8 years and love- and some books- i didn't even know they made so many other things- guess i will have to do some looking- the templates are great- if you do piecing that uses templates often.
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    This was on the Martelli website for 2011: Last year, we made some serious alterations to our show schedule, becausesome promoters chose not to renew our contract with their shows.We accept these decisions with regret, but have made arrangements to be at other venues in the areas during those shows, and will continue to do so, because of our commitment to our customers.
    We will be at alternative venues, with shuttles to and from other show locations, both in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Paducah, Kentucky.




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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I have the zip gun that applies the clips to hold the binding. It works fine and the clips are reusable and stay on the quilt tight. The mats and cutters are excellent. That said, now..
    Martelli was banned from the Paduah quilt show. I talked to other vendors about this and no one had any good to say about the Martelli vendors. I was told how they hire young guys to woo and flatter the quilters into buying and then they joke about it behind the scenes how they could sell anything to them. The vendors close to their booth complained about the rudness. They were at the Paducah mall vending the next time and employing the same tactics of luring ladies in and sweet talking them. I sit and watched them for almost an hour and really realized what was going on after hearing about it. I will not buy their products as long as the company allows such unseemly sales tactics.
    Oh my. That was not my experience at a big quilt show. There was a woman in the booth and she encouraged me to use the ergonomic cutter. It worked fine, but I don't have any issues in my hands, arms or wrists, so wasn't necessary.

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    I have the Stitch in ditch binding foot and I love it. I have only used it twice and am quickly getting more accurate with it. I am actually getting my binding finished now!! (I hate doing binding so the quilts often sit and wait for months before I bind. This tool will help me finish them quickly!)

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    The 2nd product is: the Zip Bind System. Has anyone tried (or currently own) one? Does it work? Do you like it? Would you recommend it to quilting friends??


    This product was a total waste of money for me.
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    I have the zip bind system. I paid quite a bit for it and used it for one quilt. I wanted to machine bind my binding. Well, it turned out to be a real pain in the you know where. Too much work. Too many parts. Took me so much longer to do the binding with the system. So it's just sitting in a drawer. Waste of money, IMHO.
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    Oh, I also have the stitch in the ditch foot and it worked. So, I liked it. I wanted to machine bind my binding and with this foot (if it's the one you are asking about), I stitched right in the ditch so when I turned my quilt over, the thread was right up against the binding. Looked nice. I didn't mean to bad mouth the zip bind system, but it took me a long time to figure out how the system worked. I had to reread the instructions many times until I finally figured it out. And the clips you put on your quilt were hard to put on and hard to take off. They have different sizes. Now you can just buy those red clips to hold your binding on and those work better for me, IMHO. I'd give you my zip bind system.
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    I saw them at the 2013 Houston quilt show. I have the stitch in the ditch foot and was wondering how anyone else liked it, it almost seems a little too gadgety for me, and I find it almost just as easy to sew to one side of the quilt with the machine, and tack down the other side by hand. I hate that I paid about $30 for something to just sit around and not be used, but that's what I've found has happened. I guess we all have tools that one person swears by while another person wouldn't touch it.
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    I purchased the cutter ( the ergonomic one) , I did not care much for it , but my Mom loves it. I also have the binding tool- the Zip binding... I'm not a fan... wish I could get my $$ back... as it was not a cheap purchase.

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    I, too, sat and watched the young men hustle and sweet talk the ladies. I was hustled a few years ago into purchasing the rotary cutter, the binding attachment and the curve foot. TRASH. I actually keep the binding crap on my shelf, to constantly remind me how I was easily taken by a scam artist. The curved foot broke about 15 minutes into the first use. I can put together a curved seam better than that junk. The quilt binder made the most horrible looking binding, looked cheap and very unprofessional, almost like just sewing on store-bought bias tape. The quilt police should arrest them for selling garbage. For those of you who like their product, good for you. Me...not at all.

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    I love, love all the products I have from Martelli...the rotary cutter, templates, binding tool and especially the cutting matt and table. I bought these items in June 2013 at the Columbus Ohio quilt show. The sales person was very helpful and after the sale I learned she lived in the same city and state as me. I have RA and avoid cutting as much as possible but the non-slip rulers and templates make it a non issue and they allow for perfect accuracy something that was a struggle for me. There are many you-tube videos if you have questions and would recommend these products to anyone but especially for anyone that have issues with their hands or wrist. Yes they are expensive but well worth it to me.... as it puts the joy back into quilting without the pain.
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    Can you use the Bind Tool without the Binding Foot???

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