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    this is how I keep bobbins with the right spools
    Love it! Gonna rush out and buy some of those screws. Can you give me size to purchase?
    Maybe I can even raid DH's tool shed. :x
    I'll have to check at home for the diameter of the bolt. Also see how big your spools are before you buy the bolts--e.g. my cotton quilting threads are on larger spools so I need longer bolts for them--also you might want more than one bobbin with a particular spool.

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    [quote=GailG]
    Quote Originally Posted by 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:
    Nan, I sent you a PM.
    Got it, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    I must really be out of the loop. I have no idea where I'd get a magnetic business card. I didn't even know there was such a thing. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanSew
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    I haven't actually used this yet, but since I'm in the midst of redoing my sewing room....I asked my DH for a peg board, but he didn't think I'd be happy with it (pegs coming out, etc.)...he suggested just penny nails in the wall...my idea...cover a board (any size you want) with fabric, THEN put the nails in that...much prettier, and sill EXTREMELY useful...I'm thinking my tools, patterns, thangle packages, endless possibilities! :)
    I have a 4 X 8 peg board hung horizontal on my wall and love it!
    We hung up my new boards last night! They're awesome!!! I have a long skinny one over my cutting table with all my rulers, and a 3 X 4 ish one to the side of my table....holds patterns, cutters, scissors, etc....LOTS of space and now organized!! :)

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    For what it's worth:
    I asked my dealer about the magnet hurting the computer in my Sapphire Husquavarna machine. She said the electronics are embedded so deeply in the machine that it doesn't affect it.
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    Will this harm the computerized machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNUGQUILT
    Quote Originally Posted by NanSew
    Quote Originally Posted by SNUGQUILT
    I haven't actually used this yet, but since I'm in the midst of redoing my sewing room....I asked my DH for a peg board, but he didn't think I'd be happy with it (pegs coming out, etc.)...he suggested just penny nails in the wall...my idea...cover a board (any size you want) with fabric, THEN put the nails in that...much prettier, and sill EXTREMELY useful...I'm thinking my tools, patterns, thangle packages, endless possibilities! :)
    I have a 4 X 8 peg board hung horizontal on my wall and love it!
    We hung up my new boards last night! They're awesome!!! I have a long skinny one over my cutting table with all my rulers, and a 3 X 4 ish one to the side of my table....holds patterns, cutters, scissors, etc....LOTS of space and now organized!! :)
    You go girl!

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    No, I have had my Husqvarna 1+ for about 13 years and have had magnets on and all around it. I have never had a problem.

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    boy am I excited...more room in my kitchen drawers after I get all the tools out nd put them in my sewing box. :D

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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:
    The marbles raise the quilt off the floor so that you can pin through. My feeble attempt at humor was losings ones marbles. Perhaps that saying is just too old!

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    I lost my marbles a long time ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    This is a great idea. I have oodles of pictures of the grandkids on magnets. I can use these and still have them near. I still have the new ones all over my refrigerator and freezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    I must really be out of the loop. I have no idea where I'd get a magnetic business card. I didn't even know there was such a thing. :oops:
    I am going to use the old magnet pictures of my grandkids for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN Donna
    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    I must really be out of the loop. I have no idea where I'd get a magnetic business card. I didn't even know there was such a thing. :oops:
    I am going to use the old magnet pictures of my grandkids for this.
    Some businesses give them away with their business cards, otherwise you can purchase the magnetic backs for business cards at office depot, and other office type stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    I must really be out of the loop. I have no idea where I'd get a magnetic business card. I didn't even know there was such a thing. :oops:
    I'm thinking probably those advertisements that businesses give. Our plumber left one with us when he completed his job.

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    LOL I think I had marbles once upon a time, I forget.

    Quote Originally Posted by NanSew
    I lost my marbles a long time ago...

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    [quote=NanSew]I lost my marbles a long time ago...[/quote

    lets not go there. I don't want to think about that. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau
    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Haven't read all the posts yet so probably already mentioned but I love the press n' seal wrap for machine quilting. What a great product!
    I like this one too, but unfortunately can't seem to find it here any more...maybe if enough quilters demand it....

    IGA sells it

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    I must really be out of the loop. I have no idea where I'd get a magnetic business card. I didn't even know there was such a thing. :oops:[/quote]


    Fridge magnets given out by various businesses.

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    Slices of pool noodles make great pincushions. They will also hold your toothpick you use when appliquing. If you put it into a snug fitting cap from an aerosol can you can also used the bottom to store your thimble and some pins. Your scissors will stand up in the hole.

    A small jar next to your chair for putting thread ends in. Tiny ones can be taken to classes to keep your area tidy.

    Spectacle case - especially the zip up ones - for your rotary cutter.

    Spice bottles with the holes in for storing your toothpicks - just shake one out.

    Velcro dots under your machine pedal stops it moving on carpet.

    A length of narrow red ribbon threaded through your scissors, knotted, and hung round your neck keeps them handy, and being red makes them easy to see if you put them down somewhere.

    Plastic boxes that strawberries, blueberries etc come in are great for small applique pieces.

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    I love scraps and I like to prewash. I wash small pieces and pre-cuts in the kitchen sink to avoid strings and raveling and use my salad spinner to spin them dry.
    Love magnetic car parts bowls for pins and needles.
    By the way, love the pool noodle tip!
    And this pathetic but right now I'm extremely 1/4 seam challenged. Solution? 3" square ceramic tile taped to the bed of the featherweight at exactly 1/4". Sort of overkill but it was close to hand and it's working...

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    please share the recipe for the starch w/corn starch


    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    I also use a bamboo skewer as a stilleto.

    I take a sheet of 220 grit sandpaper and wrap it around a small piece of cardboard and duct tape to the back for holding blocks in place for either signing (siggie) or drawing lines from cornor to cornor.

    I stole my dh's 48" t-square for cutting larger pieces of fabric.

    I use cornstarch to make my own spray starch, instead of buying, a HUGE savings.

    I use an old ceramic cookie jar for all my fabric pens and markers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    For what it's worth:
    I asked my dealer about the magnet hurting the computer in my Sapphire Husquavarna machine. She said the electronics are embedded so deeply in the machine that it doesn't affect it.
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    Will this harm the computerized machines?

    Thanks for this note. I just sent a PM to GailG letting her know I had probably ruined a perfectly good microwave by attaching magnetic hooks for keys to the end of it. Nothing like getting our advice from the one who should know .... the dealer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    I love scraps and I like to prewash. I wash small pieces and pre-cuts in the kitchen sink to avoid strings and raveling and use my salad spinner to spin them dry.
    Love magnetic car parts bowls for pins and needles.
    By the way, love the pool noodle tip!
    And this pathetic but right now I'm extremely 1/4 seam challenged. Solution? 3" square ceramic tile taped to the bed of the featherweight at exactly 1/4". Sort of overkill but it was close to hand and it's working...
    This one reminded me of what I used for my sewing classes (and I still use at home sometimes). I used the tiny Post-It note pads and split them into halves or thirds. Adhere it to the machine bed at 1/4", 1/2", 5'8" or whatever seam width you desire. When the "sticky" part wears out, just peel off the bottom sheet and re-apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    For what it's worth:
    I asked my dealer about the magnet hurting the computer in my Sapphire Husquavarna machine. She said the electronics are embedded so deeply in the machine that it doesn't affect it.
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    Will this harm the computerized machines?
    I emailed Brother, and they said do not get magnets near the motor area of the machine. So I guess it depends on the type of machine you have.

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    I guess so. I play it safe anyway and keep the magnets as far as possible fromthe electronic machine. This thread has been amazing!
    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG
    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    For what it's worth:
    I asked my dealer about the magnet hurting the computer in my Sapphire Husquavarna machine. She said the electronics are embedded so deeply in the machine that it doesn't affect it.
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    On the bed of my sewing machine, next to the foot/needle area, I taped a magnetic business card upside down (magnet side facing up) to catch pins as I remove them when I sew. Then they don't go rolling around and falling on the floor as often.

    When I machine quilt, I take it off and just tape it back when I'm done.
    Will this harm the computerized machines?
    I emailed Brother, and they said do not get magnets near the motor area of the machine. So I guess it depends on the type of machine you have.

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