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Thread: Have you used an emery board for this??

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    Super Member spartan quilter's Avatar
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    Have you used an emery board for this??

    I am working on a quilt that has a lot of seams that I need to work under the needle, and I have always just used my small scissors point or the tip of my finger. Then, today, the light bulb went on, and I thought, "Why not use an emery board?" like what you use on fingernails to smooth them off, after trimming. So, off to the bathroom, get an emery board and try it. Wow, does that work nice. It helps grip the material, and no more worries about catching the tip of my finger under the needle. I have never caught the tip of my finger, but why tempt the fates? And if you happen to hit the emery board with the needle, no big damage done.
    Just had to share my new thought. And a lot of you will think, I have been using one of them for years, what took her so long? LOL

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    Great idea!! Thanks for sharing.
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    great tip, thanks for sharing!
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    I haven't used an emery board but I've been using a cuticle stick for a long time. Has a flat side to use
    when needed and a point on the other end to use when needed.
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    My reaction is, "Why didn't I think of that before?" It's the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing!
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    Wow thanks for the tip!!! Amazing at times how we have these light bulb moments.

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    Sounds like a great tip.

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    I have never used an emery board, but I have used a shish-K-bob stick-a short one. Very inexpensive and last forever. Good tip though since everyone has an emery board somewhere in their house. Thanks.
    Sue

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    I cut one emery board into about 3 strips and keep them handy here and there to use for turning under edges. It grips nicely. Have done this for a few years now. Its a tip worth repeating.

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    Great idea! Thanks!

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    great ideal...thanks for sharing..

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    I bet an emery board would work really well, I'll have to try it. Thank You for your bright idea.
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    Cool! I use a sate stick.....cheap and plentiful around here. Thanks for sharing.

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    This is a great idea and I thank you for sharing!
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    Thanks for thinking of this. Very cleaver!
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    What a great idea. I would have never thought of it. Thanks for the tip.

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    Emery boards don't seem to last around my house and I can't for the life of me figure out why. They just disappear. I use a chopstick, sharpened in my pencil sharpener, as a stiletto.

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    Another idea for emery boards,when you have to unsew(rip it,rip it)the little threads that remain run an emery across both pieces of fabric and they come right out.

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    I will probably try this, thanks for the tip. I usually use the awl I purloined from a tool box years ago. )
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    It's funny what disappears in different houses. Do you have a cat? They steal the darndest things.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Emery boards don't seem to last around my house and I can't for the life of me figure out why. They just disappear. I use a chopstick, sharpened in my pencil sharpener, as a stiletto.
    Charlie DiSante

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    i like that tip to save your tip
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    Thanks for the great idea.

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    Thanks for the tip, that is nice to know!
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    I've used chopsticks, wooden skewers and lots of other things. Never tried an emory board though. Great idea. I'm going to put some by my machines.

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    Neat trick! Thanks

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