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    I use clip clothes pins to keep all the strips of like color and size together for a project. Can have several squares, strips, etc., stores in large pizza boxes, with pattern. Scraps for that project go in zip lock bags. Finished blocks, and all the above store nicely in pizza box, marked with labels on the front of the box. Stack nicely for ready view of which project I want to work on that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    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.
    Oh, good grief! Thanks, Gail! The PostIt pad makes way better sense....:LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
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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
    the bolt size is #10-24 (I've gotten them at Home Depot and local hardware store).

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    The Post It Note idea is terrific! I use them to mark my place on a beading chart, but never thought of using them to keep that 1/4" in place. Thank you so much for a great idea.
    BettyGee

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    I bought a roll of red plastic tape and put a piece at the 1/4" and mark. And with a pen the 1/2" mark. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carol45
    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by carol45
    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
    the bolt size is #10-24 (I've gotten them at Home Depot and local hardware store).
    Thank you!

    8-)

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    I am using a Lazy Susan a friend gave me for all my pens and pencils that I use in mt sewing room/office. I use metal shelves for my books and the holes down the sides are good for putting pictures, scissors on hooks etc, for easy access. My little window air conditioner is 1/2 way in the window and the top is used a ledges to put all my rotary cutters on--out of the way of little fingers as being easier to find(most of the time.) Old biscuit tins are full of bits and pieces of all sorts. The plastic containers that you buy with potato salad , coleslaw are where scraps of fabric are hidden(color coded for easy access. 20 liter drums with garbage bags are for rubbish and threads. one is by the sewing machine the other is by my desk. I also use non stick backing sheet for ironing applique pieces together. The little pots from powder dye are great for putting buttons and beads in.

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    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!
    katied772 - how does that work? do you mark your pattern and then sew through it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotsgreatgrandma
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I have a very large heavy glass beer stein that I throw large cones of thread in that would not fit on my machine. So kind of like a spool holder. then I put it about 1 foot away behind my machine and sew or fill bobbins.
    Great idea. I have been looking to buy a cone holder but it was 29.00. Thanks you just saved me money to buy more material. Gail
    To add to this idea I cut an 1" or 2" piece of a plastic straw and tape it to the top of the machine angled towards the first place the thread is to be threaded into. So, I place the mug under the end I will thread the thread through and thread accordlingly.

    I love repurposing heavy mugs for holding any of my threads. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotsgreatgrandma
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I have a very large heavy glass beer stein that I throw large cones of thread in that would not fit on my machine. So kind of like a spool holder. then I put it about 1 foot away behind my machine and sew or fill bobbins.
    Great idea. I have been looking to buy a cone holder but it was 29.00. Thanks you just saved me money to buy more material. Gail
    To add to this idea I cut an 1" or 2" piece of a plastic straw and tape it to the top of the machine angled towards the first place the thread is to be threaded into. So, I place the mug under the end I will thread the thread through and thread accordlingly.

    I love repurposing heavy mugs for holding any of my threads. :thumbup:
    I'm rather slow when it comes to visualizing. I don't understand the purpose of the straw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanax4
    I forgot one thing (probably I forgot a whole lot of things, I just haven't remembered them yet).

    I bought un-used pizza boxes from Domino's. 25 boxes for $5. I store my fat quarters in them, sorted by color. I printed out colored squares on my pc and taped the appropriate square to the outside rim of each box.

    Now I can easily just pull out the color that I want from the neatly stacked boxes.

    Well...they WERE neatly stacked. For some reason DH has moved the stacks into the basement shower. Not so easily accessible there.
    Wondering if moving DH's as a "surprise organizing move"of his "undies" drawer to the basement shower stall would work for him? Sorry, if anyone is offended, I just really do not like anyone messing around in my sewing room/stuff......

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltilicious
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    Quote Originally Posted by tall2
    My sister actually came up with this hint ,but I do use it alot. When making postcards "the embrodery kind" Or " Lables for your Quilts". I cut freezer paper the size of a sheet of paper (8 1/2 x 11), press some thin muslin to it wait for it to cool, then run it thru the printer.. My printer is a ink jet, I have not tried it on any other printer types yet. I use several programs that will type in diffrent styles, makes making them more fun. Also, the sheets usually only work on 2 rounds thru the printer, most of the wax on the paper is gone then.--recycle to make patterns. Oh, and if your printer works with EQ- you can make the design on several copies then sew together...
    barbara
    When I did this, the ink washed off.
    did you heat-set the ink from the ink jet with an iron? I think you have to do that (I haven't tested this myself)
    How do you set the ink with an iron without losing some of the printing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNUGQUILT
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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!
    Photos, please! you know how we love pics.!!

    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!! :)
    :lol: Photos, please! you know how we love pics.!!

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    I have only read a couple pages of this subject, but wow, it's good....coming back later to take notes. But just thought I would add to things I use that are kinda strange from our household for my quilting.

    1. I purchased a toliet bowl brush from a dollar store, and before using it for the purpose it was intended, I used it to reach some theads on the carpet, slightly out of reach. Now I use it full time in my sewing room and under the long arm.
    2. I save my empty toliet paper rolls and put my finished binding on them. I attach a ribbon thru the tube and wear it as a necklace when I am machine attaching my bindings to my quilts. It stays really nice and no more tangling.

    Since both of these things came from the restroom, hummm, whatever does that say about me and my quilting? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Quote Originally Posted by Nanax4
    I forgot one thing (probably I forgot a whole lot of things, I just haven't remembered them yet).

    I bought un-used pizza boxes from Domino's. 25 boxes for $5. I store my fat quarters in them, sorted by color. I printed out colored squares on my pc and taped the appropriate square to the outside rim of each box.

    Now I can easily just pull out the color that I want from the neatly stacked boxes.
    That would surely get his attention. My daughter is the type she moves anything and never puts it back. Thank God she is moving out this week.

    Well...they WERE neatly stacked. For some reason DH has moved the stacks into the basement shower. Not so easily accessible there.
    Wondering if moving DH's as a "surprise organizing move"of his "undies" drawer to the basement shower stall would work for him? Sorry, if anyone is offended, I just really do not like anyone messing around in my sewing room/stuff......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter4HireAndFun
    I save my empty toliet paper rolls and put my finished binding on them. I attach a ribbon thru the tube and wear it as a necklace when I am machine attaching my bindings to my quilts. It stays really nice and no more tangling.
    Since both of these things came from the restroom, hummm, whatever does that say about me and my quilting? lol
    I love the toilet paper around the neck idea. And I think these bathroom ideas let us know where you do most of your creative thinking. Good for you, it's obvious you are not a time waster! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter4HireAndFun
    I save my empty toliet paper rolls and put my finished binding on them. I attach a ribbon thru the tube and wear it as a necklace when I am machine attaching my bindings to my quilts. It stays really nice and no more tangling.
    Since both of these things came from the restroom, hummm, whatever does that say about me and my quilting? lol
    I love the toilet paper around the neck idea. And I think these bathroom ideas let us know where you do most of your creative thinking. Good for you, it's obvious you are not a time waster! :lol:
    Mulitaskers Rule!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotsgreatgrandma
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I have a very large heavy glass beer stein that I throw large cones of thread in that would not fit on my machine. So kind of like a spool holder. then I put it about 1 foot away behind my machine and sew or fill bobbins.
    Great idea. I have been looking to buy a cone holder but it was 29.00. Thanks you just saved me money to buy more material. Gail
    To add to this idea I cut an 1" or 2" piece of a plastic straw and tape it to the top of the machine angled towards the first place the thread is to be threaded into. So, I place the mug under the end I will thread the thread through and thread accordlingly.

    I love repurposing heavy mugs for holding any of my threads. :thumbup:
    Your straw tip remindedme of the coffee stirrer, which can be taped in front of the needle and if you have a zig zag machne can serve as a fagoting foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patdesign
    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotsgreatgrandma
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I have a very large heavy glass beer stein that I throw large cones of thread in that would not fit on my machine. So kind of like a spool holder. then I put it about 1 foot away behind my machine and sew or fill bobbins.
    Great idea. I have been looking to buy a cone holder but it was 29.00. Thanks you just saved me money to buy more material. Gail
    To add to this idea I cut an 1" or 2" piece of a plastic straw and tape it to the top of the machine angled towards the first place the thread is to be threaded into. So, I place the mug under the end I will thread the thread through and thread accordlingly.

    I love repurposing heavy mugs for holding any of my threads. :thumbup:
    Your straw tip remindedme of the coffee stirrer, which can be taped in front of the needle and if you have a zig zag machne can serve as a fagoting foot.
    That is a great idea. No more than I do the faggoting stitch it would work great. Thanks...

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    After reading many of these posts, I just decided to add my idea. I take a recipe card (3x5) and write the topic on it and the page I have finished reading. Then if I don't get to read all the posts, I know where to pick up. When I go back, I start on the page I left off and then cross it off when I move on. When I have to quit reading, I write down the page number again etc. I have about 3 topics on each side of card. Some of the posts are over 50 pages long so I have not yet come to the end but at least I know what I have read. Hope that is clear. Some days I have the compulsion to sew instead of reading all these wonderful topics. :-) Great thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4
    After reading many of these posts, I just decided to add my idea. I take a recipe card (3x5) and write the topic on it and the page I have finished reading. Then if I don't get to read all the posts, I know where to pick up. When I go back, I start on the page I left off and then cross it off when I move on. When I have to quit reading, I write down the page number again etc. I have about 3 topics on each side of card. Some of the posts are over 50 pages long so I have not yet come to the end but at least I know what I have read. Hope that is clear. Some days I have the compulsion to sew instead of reading all these wonderful topics. :-) Great thread!
    Great Idea! I often flip page by page trying to figure out where I left off. Thanks Sandy! I can spend hours on this board...LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4
    After reading many of these posts, I just decided to add my idea. I take a recipe card (3x5) and write the topic on it and the page I have finished reading. Then if I don't get to read all the posts, I know where to pick up. When I go back, I start on the page I left off and then cross it off when I move on. When I have to quit reading, I write down the page number again etc. I have about 3 topics on each side of card. Some of the posts are over 50 pages long so I have not yet come to the end but at least I know what I have read. Hope that is clear. Some days I have the compulsion to sew instead of reading all these wonderful topics. :-) Great thread!

    Great idea!

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    I use a large carpenters square when making drapes to
    get an accurate straight edge. I love frezer paper. I do
    a lot of doll sewing. I trace the patterns on the dull side,
    cut them out, and press on the wrong side of my fabrics.
    The seam allowance is eliminated. Use an open toe foot
    to sew around the pattern, then cut out your fabric. This
    is wonderful for tiny arms and legs. You save yourself
    much frustration trying to seam tiny things. Very accurate
    too. I use a triple office wall large envelope holder to
    store my rulers. It hangs on the wall next to my cutting
    table. Brenda (qulitaholic) Wadesville In

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I have a very large heavy glass beer stein that I throw large cones of thread in that would not fit on my machine. So kind of like a spool holder. then I put it about 1 foot away behind my machine and sew or fill bobbins.
    I really like your idea. I've had problems keeping the cone in place also. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4
    After reading many of these posts, I just decided to add my idea. I take a recipe card (3x5) and write the topic on it and the page I have finished reading. Then if I don't get to read all the posts, I know where to pick up. When I go back, I start on the page I left off and then cross it off when I move on. When I have to quit reading, I write down the page number again etc. I have about 3 topics on each side of card. Some of the posts are over 50 pages long so I have not yet come to the end but at least I know what I have read. Hope that is clear. Some days I have the compulsion to sew instead of reading all these wonderful topics. :-) Great thread!
    I have them sent to my inbox

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