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    must have items

    I am very new to quilting. I have signed up for a class on the 22nd. What are some must haves I need to purchase. The store owner said they had items to borrow such as irons. But I don't want to have to wait and I will be using the stuff at a later date anyway.

    I have the jelly roll, my machine and that/s all I have for now. I am going tomorrow to buy the little irons that the quilt store sales. I have pins.

    I want to be prepared.

    Thanks!

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    If you don't already have a regular size iron, I would start there rather than a small one. A good pair of scissors, a rotary cutter and mat, and 6.5x24" ruler are handy. You don't need a ton to start, I would buy things as you need them for projects rather than trying to project ahead and buy for the future. At least for me, it's more manageable that way, both for my brain and my pocketbook.

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    Yes rotary cutter mat, Iron and Scissors and a ruler is really all you need to start! I started with a ruler from the dollar store!WE do not have any classes near me so I am self taught I bought as I went along.

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    What class are you taking? I'm assuming it is a quilting class. Is it a learn to quilt class or maybe how to make a certain quilt pattern like a log cabin quilt? For most classes you need to buy the book or pattern, so you need to check to find out if it is included in the price of the class.

    General quilting supplies besides your machine are scissors, thread, rotary cutter and extra blades, long quilting straight pins, safety pins, several different size quilt rulers, a cutting mat and, of course, the fabrics needed for the class you are taking. Sometimes the instructor has project kits available for an additional cost. The quilt shop usually has cutting mats, irons, ironing boards and water spray bottles available for use during the class so you don't need to take those items to the class with you.
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    Where are you taking the class? They should have a required for class list. My LQS offers a 10% discount on all supplies and equipment purchesed for the class on class day (not machines) rullers, fabric, thread ect, Don't buy it all right away, if you can use the shop rulers and mats ect. do. It's like test driving a car. Try it before you buy. Some scissors, and rotery cutters feal better in hand than others, Some brands of rullers have yellow lines and numbers, some have black, which do you find easyer to see? Some times you really need to try a tool before you buy. Good luck and Have fun with your class!

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    The one ruler that I find indispensible is the good old 6-1/2" square - I use it probably more than any other. But the 6x24 is also a great size to have. If you think you will love quilting (which of course you will) go ahead and buy a few basic supplies, but you will definitely add more as time goes by. Rotary cutter, cutting mat, a couple of rulers, scissors, pins, and don't forget the essential seam ripper (we all have to unsew at times)... Have fun at your class and hopefully you will be totally hooked on quilting!!
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    What they said and thread. Take a pencil (for marking and notes) and practice the 1/4 inch seam.That way you know where your needle needs to be or if your foot is a true 1/4. Not all quarter inch feet are really that,and it's nice to know what YOUR machine does.

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    About those pins. Regular sewing pins are fat by comparison with quilters' pins. You can use regular pins, but they tend to distort your work. When you get that ruler, make sure you can see through it well. IMHO, the ones with fairly wide yellow lines are a poor bet. Make sure there are marks which allow you to check on 1/4" measures.

    Enjoy. Besides your instructor, you have lots of buddies here to give you hints as you go along.

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    When I started quilting I was in Italy. Needless to say no quilting stores to be found anywhere so I asked a friend from the states to bring me the most important things and this is what she brought me: rotary cutter, cutting mat and 6x24 ruler. These are the same things I use now, 10 years later. You need a pair of sizors and I am sure you have an iron at home. When I moved back to the states I took every single class the City Quilter inNY had to offer. Over the years I added a few items, but the original three I still use every day. I would go for a small mat for classes and down the road get a larger one just for home. I have a small tool box for on the go quilting with basic sewing kit (needles, thread, thread snips, seam ripper, extra bobbins and replacement needle for my machine), my rotary cutter, sizors, and a pair of dollar store sizors for paper. I never had to wait longer than a few minutes to press my stuff in class. Carrying your own iron is a pain in the neck since it is very hot after class. Those little seam irons never really worked for me. Enjoy, have fun and happy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskira View Post
    If you don't already have a regular size iron, I would start there rather than a small one. A good pair of scissors, a rotary cutter and mat, and 6.5x24" ruler are handy. You don't need a ton to start, I would buy things as you need them for projects rather than trying to project ahead and buy for the future. At least for me, it's more manageable that way, both for my brain and my pocketbook.
    this is excellent advice... my favorite ruler is the 6.5x24"... if i had to choose just one, this would be it.
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    Add in a seam ripper jut in case!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    this is excellent advice... my favorite ruler is the 6.5x24"... if i had to choose just one, this would be it.
    Agree with that and definitely FLAT pins. The ones with round heads just get in the way.

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    If you live near a JoAnn's or Hancocks, sign up for their mailing list. You will get coupons that will help with the cost of your supplies. Good luck and hope you enjoy your class.

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    And if you can afford it get the non slip rulers.

    When I first started acquiring rulers I bought the 6" X 24" and there were many times I wished it was a 6 1/2" X 24 " ruler! Now most of them have that 1/2" added to it. Can't forget the seam allowance!

    Also, a big, study tote bag to carry all your supplies in. I have been known to just use a laundry basket when there was a lot to carry to class.

    A lot of people have two machines. A nice one with a big throat space and lots of stitches and a small one that is easy to carry to class. A lot of people here can tell you their favorites. Me, I have to lug my big heavy machine to class.

    I'm in a habit that after the school year starts, I go to stores like Wal-Mart and Staples and buy the discounted school supplies. I especially like the see through school boxes. I think the most I have paid is $1 for the large size. Plenty big enough for scissors, pencils, markers, etc to be carried in. I buy the pencil boxes for my rotary cutters - sometimes only 25 cents each. Pencil sharpeners that have the big and little holes - great for sharpening the chalk pencils - 50 cents each. Notebooks for taking notes. I have even bought these for 10 cents each.

    This forum is a great place to ask questions and get really good answers. I have learned a lot just by reading posts. Whenever anyone asks a question, you can just bet there are dozens more that would like to know the answer too!

    Good luck and post often!

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    I would also suggest take extra sewing machine needles. It is amazing how often they break while you're in the learning curve. If the machine is getting noisy it sometimes means the needle is getting dull, so change it. A seam ripper is good. I learned to sew clothes before I ever did any quilting and I think I wore out 2 seam rippers in the first year while learning to sew. I still find them very handy, it seems I still make mistakes that need to be taken out.
    Have fun learning and when you feel overwhelmed don't get discouraged. It is a very gratifying activity once you get the hang of it.

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    If it is a basic quilting class on piecing: 3X18 ruler, rotary cutter and mat, sewing machine, thread, cords, extra bobbins(unless one is being supplied),pins, scissors,pen and paper for notes(or phone for pictures), money if you are ordering in lunch or need to buy something at the store. Most classes have a supply list for you when you sign up for a class.
    If you are going to buy the little plastic iron at the LQS, I found that mine did not get hot enough for me. I wish I had saved my money towards the little diamond shaped metal one on a wand for appliqué instead. If irons are available I would use theirs. It gives you a break to get up and wait your turn and look at everyone else's progress.

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    I notice everyone is recommending the 6.5"x24" ruler, but I use the 8.5"x24" instead. I would love it if it were even wider. Why the preference for the 6.5"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I notice everyone is recommending the 6.5"x24" ruler, but I use the 8.5"x24" instead. I would love it if it were even wider. Why the preference for the 6.5"?
    I think the 6 and/or 6.5 x 24 inch rulers have been around longer than the 8.5 x 24 inch ruler.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 09-14-2012 at 06:36 AM.

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    Seam ripper, don't forget the seam ripper as being new I am sure when you start you will use it. I also would look into the 1/4" sewing machine foot as the seams sometimes need to be right on. I also recommend a good basic beginner quilt book. There are several on the market so look for one that covers most all topics. I can't remember what it is called that I bought but it was something like the "Quilters Bible" that showed step by step instructions for most everything quilting.
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    Water erasable markers, to use for hand quilting.
    I buy the crayola ones, test these first, i never have a prob getting them out.

    Hate the purple one, blue doesn't always show for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Water erasable markers, to use for hand quilting.
    I buy the crayola ones, test these first, i never have a prob getting them out.

    Hate the purple one, blue doesn't always show for me.
    I bought an old item that had been marked with those - it showed fade lines where it had been marked.

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    Add a roll of blue painter's tape (NOT masking tape). With that, you can make seam guides, label your quilt pieces, make your own sticky notes, and about a million other things!
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    Definitely don't buy a ruler shorter than 24" long as you won't be able to cut wof (width of fabric) strips easily with a shorter one - ask me what I bought as my first ruler - why 18" of course........ Same for a cutting mat.
    Like you, I started from scratch and it is very tempting to buy everything at once, but take your time. The supplies aren't going anywhere and can probably be bought as you need them. Seam ripper, scissors and some quilting pins are mostly what you need for the moment. I hope you enjoy your class.
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    It's good that you want to be prepared for the class.

    Do you have any other sewing supplies?

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    Matt and rotary cutter, ruler are things most have

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