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    This is a suggestion for using a sewing item around the house! Used machine needles are great for hanging pictures on walls, they make smaller holes and support quite a lot of weight.

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    This is a suggestion for using a sewing item around the house! Used machine needles are great for hanging pictures on walls, they make smaller holes and support quite a lot of weight.

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    I use any of the above. One of my ways of utilizing nice jars from jellies or whatever, is to store threads in them. I sort the threads in colors and put the jars on shelves. It's attractive and easy to find the color I need. I used to do garment sewing so I still have the smaller spools. I also use clear jars for buttons, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdavis
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    I broke a springed clothes pin in half, use the flat part to open and hand press seams the way I want them to go. It keeps my finger from getting burned.
    Very clever!
    I think this one wins the prize! How clever!

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    I am loving all of these great ideas. I have just really started to teach myself to quilt and many of these will come in handy. I think the tool I seem to use the most is my MasterCard!

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    Love all these posts. I use an old wall pocket to hold my small rulers! Works great! I use the baby wipes plastic tubbs to put things such as buttons in. I write on them with a magic marker. Easy to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spark
    Did anyone mention marbles to hold the quilt up off the table or floor while pinning?
    GREAT idea!! Now if I just had all those I lost from my "tomboy" years, think Mom tossed them as a bad influence. At least I didn't lose them, I don't think! :lol:

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    I "borrowed" a handy tool from DH's tray. It's a dental mirror, small and swivals so you can see where the needle goes. also a bent tweezer. It holds the needle so I can 'do it myself'. The artheritis has got me! all of the tips on here are wonderful! You gals are very inventive! Thank all of you.

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    Almost forgot. . . I use my bicentennial quart canning jars to store buttons. (I also want to display the jars!) And as for the buttons, I use tie-twisties to hold matching buttons together in these jars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalieg
    DH made me pegboard unites to hold my threads and cutting supplies. He also took a six ft bookshelf and stacked the shelves, drilled four holes in them and inserted dowel rods when the shelves were back in their spots. Now my fabric does not fall over! We also took PVC pipe, some corner fittings and one cross fitting and made a six ft portable design wall. I bought the backing flannel from Walmart for $5.94/yd. I think the whole thing was under $25. The shelves and the pegboard stuff was already in the house. I know that these aren't quilting tools, but they help me with quilting!
    I also use the bamboo skewers for stillettos, i just take an emery board to the cut end of it.
    Don't you just Love your machine,I have one just like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauriejo
    I am loving all of these great ideas. I have just really started to teach myself to quilt and many of these will come in handy. I think the tool I seem to use the most is my MasterCard!
    LOL
    I agree my MasterCard is my most FAVORITE tool

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    That's a great idea! We have always used a Coke bottle, but the pouring spout on a coffee creamer avoids spills.

    This topic has led to using many household items for other things I use in my other passion, bead weaving. The two are related in my little mind, creating pictures with seed beads and fabric have to be my favorite past time activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patdesign
    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
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    Quote Originally Posted by prairiequeen
    Dryer sheet for running my thread through when hand sewing.Love this topic!Will keep watching.
    How does this help your thread??
    I would imagine it makes the thread go through the fabric better.
    Cheaper than beeswax!
    O.K. Heres an oldie but goodie, simply run the needle or pin through your hair 2 or 3 strokes, it will glide right thru the fabric unless rusted. Don't go too deep or you could scratch your scalp. The first time I did this not thinking about it in front of one of my sewing students, I had to explain and they were amazed at the results.
    Yes, have been doing this for years! Works great.

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    I store my buttons in quart canning jars - shiny in one jar, old ones in one jar and new ones in another. At a craft show I bought wired lids for the jars that also had a mantle for a lampshade and I made lamps out of the jars. Great for storing buttons, keeps them dust free and I can enjoy the pretties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanSew
    Quote Originally Posted by patdesign
    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Quote Originally Posted by rainbowquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by prairiequeen
    Dryer sheet for running my thread through when hand sewing.Love this topic!Will keep watching.
    How does this help your thread??
    I would imagine it makes the thread go through the fabric better.
    Cheaper than beeswax!
    O.K. Heres an oldie but goodie, simply run the needle or pin through your hair 2 or 3 strokes, it will glide right thru the fabric unless rusted. Don't go too deep or you could scratch your scalp. The first time I did this not thinking about it in front of one of my sewing students, I had to explain and they were amazed at the results.
    Yes, have been doing this for years! Works great.
    My mom and grandmom used to do this, almost unconsciously.
    My mom also did it with diaper pins. 8-)

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    I have a peg board on the wall beside the table where I quilt. I love having everything with in reaching distance.
    I do put my cutting and ironing table behine me so I have to get up and walk to it. That way I have to get up and stretch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauriejo
    I am loving all of these great ideas. I have just really started to teach myself to quilt and many of these will come in handy. I think the tool I seem to use the most is my MasterCard!
    I love the Master Card idea. I have learned so many good tips that when I get my daughter out of the house my sewing room will be the best in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine
    I keep a white plastic spoon in my storage can next to my machine. I hold it behind the machine needle; I can actually see the hole in the needle and thread it on the first try.
    I do that too, only with white cardboard from bias seam binding.

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    [quote=patdesign]
    Quote Originally Posted by spark
    Did anyone mention marbles to hold the quilt up off the table or floor while pinning?
    I dont understand this one at all. :oops:

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    Sometimes when I have lots of different pieces cut for a project I like to have them in something so they don't get scattered. I have found that the foil cake pans you buy in the grocery store or Walmart are just great for holding cut pieces and then if I need to move my sewing stuff they are all in a pan easy to move. Since I do my sewing on our dining/kitchen table I frequently have to move my stuff out of the way!

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    Wow some pretty awesome ideas....
    I think I have a few....my iron has such a small water hole that I was forever spilling water....I went to the gadjet store and bought two clear mustard/catsup bottles...no more water spilling ....whaaaaa hooo

    I also collect decortive vases....I have all kinds of sizes shapes and colors in which one holds scissors ...one holds rulers...one holds pens and pencils....you get the idea...

    I have floor to ceiling shelves (my DH made for me)... on the top I have a rod closet that is the longest Lowes had it can adjust to the size you want...(I think about 12 ft is the longest)....I added shower curtain hooks (metal ones) and on to them is these clippy things from the dollar tree that pinches the fabric kinda like a cloths pin....on this I can clip my quilts ...I have a flag pole with a Large hook screwed onto the end that I can get ahold of my shower hooks and pull the quilt till it is straight and I can get a nice photo so I can share with all my Quilting friends....:-)

    my best tip would be to buy 3 of everything and leave one at every spot where you would need it...that way you don't run back and forth looking for the snippers...seam ripper...scissors...etc....this has really been a big time saver for me!

    of course the painters tape...but I make handles for my rulers....easy to pinch and get a hold of...I always use about 1/8" thickness...about 6 to 8" long pinch the center and flaten it out on the ends and stick to my ruler...works great for me.

    My husband made me 3 ruler holders from recylced deck ...the new kind that is to last forever..he had some left over pieces he brought home to show me....oh honey....could you make me something like this....I showed him a photo....so he made all my family one...:-)...yep he is a keeper...:-)

    Oh I have an old desk that had a hole cut out in the top...that is where I put my machine...this is so awesome....I have a flat top which makes it fantastic to sew on....I would recommend that to everyone....that flat area is soooooooo nice....not to mention all the drawer space

    guess that's it for now...keep tham great tips a coming girls....we all love them!

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    [quote=nana pat]
    Quote Originally Posted by patdesign
    Quote Originally Posted by spark
    Did anyone mention marbles to hold the quilt up off the table or floor while pinning?
    I dont understand this one at all. :oops:
    Me either, please advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyGee
    That's a great idea! We have always used a Coke bottle, but the pouring spout on a coffee creamer avoids spills.

    This topic has led to using many household items for other things I use in my other passion, bead weaving. The two are related in my little mind, creating pictures with seed beads and fabric have to be my favorite past time activities.
    Yes it does eliminate those spills, yea! So glad I had a useful tip for you.

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    Pre-wash your new fabric with WHITE VINEGAR added to the water, it helps set the color.

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    HYDROGEN PEROXIDE removes blood on fabrics.

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