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    Check out this blog...she has it down to almost a science!

    Makes a trip to Lowe's ALOT more fun! LoL!

    sewmanyways.blogspot.com

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    Gads, so much that we do and don't really think about.

    I use a wheeled wooden folding kitchen cart as my cutting table. I can clean off the shelves and fold it and put it in the garage when I have company.

    I am using a Country Time lemonade container to hold specialty threads when winding bobbins or sewing.

    Plastic make up bags from Walmart or such make great places to put my tools so I am ready to go for sew-ins.

    Ikea has some fabulous things for storage and sorting. I use the Antonius systems for my projects and stash. I can see through the bins, which won't rust.

    Am enjoying reading all this.

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    zip-lock bags 2.5 gal. holds projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjengels
    I haven't used the liquid bandage in quilting... but you can use super glue for cuts, it doesn't sting as bad, and it costs less. My husband gets cracks on his finger tips, and uses it all the time.
    Sorry, double click........
    The super glue works great. My thumb seems to crack and bleed everytime I quilt alot. The fabric must take the oil out of my skin. I use the super glue or else I have nice little red polka dots in all my quilts.

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    I use the handy grips for the bathtub that I purchased at Harbor Freight for my 6x24 ruler. They have 3 sizes and I use all three of them. They are sure alot cheaper than the Gypsy Grips that you purchase at the LQS. Also I took wooden drawer knobs and glued them on all my small rulers. They make it easier for me to grip them.

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    WOWZA!!! You all use a ton of stuff! That is so cool. I forgot to mention that I use pizza boxes too to hold WIP blocks until I piece the top together.

    Will visit the blog.

    I've bookmarked this thread. Someday when we find a house (instead of our tiny apartment), I'll have a sewing room instead of part of my closet and I'll be able to make a trip to lowe's very fun.

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    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!

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    You are way to organized!!

    Thanks everyone for all the great ideas

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    A strip of moleskin to mark the 1/4" seam line on my machine.

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    I use a popsicle stick to stuff tiny openings in pincushions

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    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD
    Check out this blog...she has it down to almost a science!

    Makes a trip to Lowe's ALOT more fun! LoL!

    sewmanyways.blogspot.com
    OMG!!! I have been on that site for 45 minutes. Thanks that is awesome!!!

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    i could have used some liquid bandage. i stuck my thumb with straight pins several times while working on my last quilt!

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    I have a metal shish-ka-bob that my husband rounded the end of that I use to poke corners and also to run along the inside seam to push it all the way out to iron neatly. I also use a pair of tweezers to reach into and turn my smaller applique projects.

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    I use a rubber pot holder to put under my sewing machine foot pedal so it oes not side on the kitchen floor.

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    1.used fabric softener sheet for paper piecing
    2.envelope holder that holds my rulers
    3.two rubber door stops to tilt the sewing machine forward
    4.rubber cabinet or drawer liner for under the machine pedal so it doesn't walk also under the machine if I am somewhere where it moves on the table
    5.the plastic containers that curtains come with a zipper to hold projects in
    that is all that comes to mind now. Ravonda

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    Lots have mentioned fabric softener sheets too...and I forgot I use them also. We can't use fabric softener because my middle son cannot have it near his skin. But my next door neighbor has the pretties smelling laundry. I have been known to stand under her door and inhale when the children are driving me more nuts than usual. I get used dryer sheets from her and sew them to the right side of my labels. Then, I cut an X in the FABRIC SOFTENER ONLY, don't ask me why I capitalized that....and turn it inside out. Then the fabric softener is on the bottom and the label is on the top. The edges are already turned under and I can attach it to the quilt...that and my hands smelly really nice when I'm done.

    :-)

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    I use painter's tape for straight line hand quilting-- just press it where I want it, quilt a line, move the tape. I especially love it for crosshatching.

    I use paintbrushes to clean the bobbin case area on the sewing machine and the longarm. The hairs don't come off the paintbrushes as easily as they do from those brushes meant to do that cleaning, and wow, paintbrushes are much cheaper too.

    I use old rx bottles to hold filled bobbins of thread. I hate interrupting my sewing to wind bobbins so I wind a lot of bobbins with beige or grey and put all one color in a bottle. Often one "bottle of thread" is enough to do an entire quilt.

    I have long yardage of fabric hanging in the closet on pants hangers. You can put a LOT of yardage on those hangers that are meant for 5 pair of pants! I bet I have 20-30 yds on each hanger.

    I have pantographs for longarm quilting stored in over the door shoebags.

    I'm always dropping pins and I'm not as young as I used to be, so it's a real trial getting down to get them under the table or the longarm and getting back up again. I took one of those magnetic business cards that some local realtor gave me, glued it to the end of my yardstick, and voila, a nice long magnet for picking those pesky stray pins up off the floor.


    I have a white vinyl trellis, 4 ft x 8 ft, mounted on the wall in my workroom, sideways under the window. It has S-hooks on it, and it holds dozens of rulers and stencils in a space that would be wasted. And it looks pretty cool too.

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    Keep the ideas coming!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    I use painter's tape for straight line hand quilting-- just press it where I want it, quilt a line, move the tape. I especially love it for crosshatching.

    I use paintbrushes to clean the bobbin case area on the sewing machine and the longarm. The hairs don't come off the paintbrushes as easily as they do from those brushes meant to do that cleaning, and wow, paintbrushes are much cheaper too.

    I'm always dropping pins and I'm not as young as I used to be, so it's a real trial getting down to get them under the table or the longarm and getting back up again. I took one of those magnetic business cards that some local realtor gave me, glued it to the end of my yardstick, and voila, a nice long magnet for picking those pesky stray pins up off the floor.


    I have a white vinyl trellis, 4 ft x 8 ft, mounted on the wall in my workroom, sideways under the window. It has S-hooks on it, and it holds dozens of rulers and stencils in a space that would be wasted. And it looks pretty cool too.
    These are great ideas. I'm still fairly young, but my knees are shot. I often have to con the boys into picking pins up off the floor for me because mommy can't reach them. This would fix that...and save me a ton in skittles and M&M's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD
    Check out this blog...she has it down to almost a science!

    Makes a trip to Lowe's ALOT more fun! LoL!

    sewmanyways.blogspot.com
    OMG!!! I have been on that site for 45 minutes. Thanks that is awesome!!!
    I KNOW! I'd get alot more sewing done if people weren't so crafty cool!

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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!
    Since I don't machine quilt maybe this is more obvious. What do you use it for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    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!
    Since I don't machine quilt maybe this is more obvious. What do you use it for?
    I have no idea. This was the first I'd heard of it too.

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    I use a cool whip container with a slot cut in the lid to keep my rolled up binding neat, then pull it through the slot when ready to use.
    I use brown paper grocery bags to iron on when working with fusibles, then just toss when finished. Also good for pattern making.
    DH's cigar boxes make great storage containers for pens, pencils, etc. They stack well and are sturdy.

    Love reading everyone's ideas, keep them coming!

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    I get cute cookie cutters to make designs with on my quilts.
    Only thing is I haven't used them yet. Waiting for the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    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!
    Since I don't machine quilt maybe this is more obvious. What do you use it for?
    Not long after Press 'n' Seal was available, quilters started using it to copy designs onto. They press a piece over the design they like, trace it with something that will wash out--green ink pen is what I was told & used--then peel it up and stick it over the area they plan to quilt & quilt right over the design. It pulls loose fairly easily but the little pieces of plastic left behind drives me nuts so I prefer to use gift tissue paper. If any little pieces of tissue paper get trapped, they dissolve when the quilt is washed. The Press 'n' Seal scraps didn't and I had to pick them out with tweezers.

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