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    Fantastic idea! Will put my threads out for our friends. I'm lucky to have a 45 foot Colorado Blue Spruce right outside my craft room window and watch the birds all year long.
    BettyGee :-)

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    I use liquid bandage when I cut or poke myself so I don't bleed all over everything.

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    Oh, I forgot about the silica packs to keep things dry. I have one in my buttons and in my needle and scissors drawer.

    I will nix the dry air for blowing out the bobbin area. It can actually blow very minute bits into areas you can't get to. My technician says not to use it and they don't use it in the shop. A vacuum works better as it pulls out the gook or a paintbrush or makeup brush.

    I repurposed an old filing cabinet with the deep drawers for holding patterns and books. I sanded and repainted it. Looks reall purdy now. You would never know it is from the 60's.

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    I agree with wvdek....in all the classes, dealers, etc., that I have been with, all do not recommend the can of air. Get one of those mini-vacuum attachments for your own vacuum cleaner...they sell them everywhere, on ebay, etc., and use that instead. This is also great for the back of your computer & other electronic parts and equipment.

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    I use a small piece of the non-skid material (for under rugs) to keep my foot pedal from inching away from me. For notions, I used the plastic 'take-out' containers from our local Chinese restaurant. They are a perfect size and the lid snaps on tightly, so things don't fall out in my tote bag.

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    I use clear fingernail polish the same way. I can't use a thimble but this keeps my fingers from getting so sore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflyquilter
    I use clear fingernail polish the same way. I can't use a thimble but this keeps my fingers from getting so sore.

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    For a quick and easy ironing station...buy a wooden TV tray...wrap the top with batting and staple gun it on the under-side..Then choose a piece of muslin or other cotton and staple it on top of the batting...This is perfect to keep by your sewing machine so you don't have to get up so often to press your seams..The trays are around $10.00....

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    I used all the things already mentioned, plus used fabric softner sheets for some applique but mostly for Crazy Quilting or Strip sewing, I use it as a backing fabric. I also use the CD's as a base for pincushions or other crafts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riversong
    My hubby uses Copenhagen(snuff in a little round box) YUCK!! BUT,they are the pefect size for used rotary blades. When its full I tape the box and toss it all.
    You might check with your public health department for disposal of needles and rotary blades. Ours will give us a 'sharps' container (like docs/hospitals put needles in), we take it back to them and they dispose of it .... no more sharpies in the landfill :->>

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana pat
    I am on my third expanding wand magnate from Harbor Freights for picking up dropped pins and needles, I also bought a magnate for holdind nuts and bolts thar has a wrist band that is closed with velcro, also from HF. I love that place.
    For those using extending magnets for picking up pins, or considering it, go to the hardware store (our 2nd favorite place to shop!) - I found a flash light with an extending magnet. Now I can see those pins glinting in the light, and pick them up. Happy, happy, happy!

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    I glued that rubberized waffle type shelf liner on my sewing machine pedal. It keeps it from sliding on the hardwood floor.

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    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.
    I also use a piece of clothespin as a "flat iron", I covered a large oatmeal box with cw fabric, put it beside my chair in the evenings, when I have snips of thread or small pieces of fabric, viola! pitch, when it gets full, dump it out..I also use freezer paper for applique, I have a piece of non slip cupboard liner under my sewing machine foot so it does not "dance" away when I am sewing...lotsa good ideas here!

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    You can use a spool for this but I have a Pen holder that sits on a desk and holds your Pen at an angle . I put my seam ripper in it and it makes it so easy to separate my chain sewing pieces. Its weighted so it doesn't move around like the spool does

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    I have used pan lids,pizza pans,plates etc.. for marking concentric circles on a quilt. I use a silverware tray in the drawer of my Horn sewing cabinet. I use round chop stick as a spool pin for my Singer 237(it came with no spool pin).
    I use a large ceramic mug to hold my pencils,
    pens,skinny rulers and rotary cutter, I found it at a thrift shop. Pill bottles are great for taking full bobbins to quilt
    classes, they don't unwind on the way to class.
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    I use a large ceramic mug to hold my pencils,
    pens,skinny rulers and rotary cutter, I found it at a thrift shop.
    Its has lots of sentimental value for me,
    we had them at home when I was a child.
    Both my parents have passed on and it reminds me of them.

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    I have used a roll of adding machine tape to make a border. Sew scrapes of fabric on the paper and round it back up until you have enough for a border. Great way to take care of scrapes as you go. Trim only to the end of the paper as a guide.

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    This is for ironing - I was forever spilling water trying to get it into my iron so I know use a turkey baster. So easy to suck up the water and slowly release into the iron.

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    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.
    Great idea. I burn my fingers all the time doing that. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadet
    This is for ironing - I was forever spilling water trying to get it into my iron so I know use a turkey baster. So easy to suck up the water and slowly release into the iron.
    That's a great idea! My iron "throws up" when I try to fill it
    with a measuring cup or water bottle. :x

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    I use the wooden scewers as "helpers" to push fabric under the needle especially at inter-sections and also for poking out points when turning something like collars.


    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I am curious what type of household items you guys have turned into quilting notions.

    I know there is some kind of paper....wax paper, parchment, freezer?? something to do with applique.

    What else do you guys use? I can start off the list.

    I have to sing the praises of liquid bandages. If you are actually cut, scraped, or otherwise injured, don't use it. It's burns like all get out and it doesn't really work as a bandage. What I love about it, is that I can put a layer on my fingertips and it protects them from the needle as I hand quilt. I've been trying to build up callouses for years and I can't get them to start. So, while I don't prick my finger when I quilt, I do feel for the needle to make sure it's gone through all the layers. I end up with a brown fingertip from all the needle marks. I put 2 thin layers of the liquid bandage on and once it dries, I can quilt over an hour straight before I have to look and see if I need to reapply. I love the stuff.

    Ok...your turn.

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    I have used different sized plates and cups to make circles


    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    I have used pan lids,pizza pans,plates etc.. for marking concentric circles on a quilt.

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    I had some minor surgery and they gave me the disposable tray with all the instruments- long nosed tweezers, some long handled clamps, and scissors. I use it all by my sewing machine, and the tray holds it all plus seam rippers and other scissors. Hope this does not gross anyone out, everything was clean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    I use old CDs, in both the standard size and the minis as a circle template. The standard fits very nicely on a charm pack square (5").

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    What a great idea!!! The last time I needed a circle I scoured my cabinets for a cup that would work. lol

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    I have a glass computer table that I sew on and use it as a huge light box. Also I use a q-tip box as bobbin storage

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    I use my travel iron to open seam on small squares or whenever I attend a lesson , When I handquilt my embroidery scissors are around my neck on a ribbon with a clip.

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