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    Junior Member SoBuzy's Avatar
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    I have this and keep it on my machine table. Love it... I am impressed at all the home made ideas!! You guys ARE so creative!
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    My quilting buddy 'gifted' me with one and I love it.

    I am getting ready to go to retreat next weekend and will be making a king size log cabin quilt.....lots of chain piecing, so it will be very handy.
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    This looks like a great tool, but I am truly impressed with the make your own ideas. The one in the egg is precious. You've used it for a while and the was has held up? I was wondering about using plaster of Paris. I've got to give this a try. I am getting to make a quilt that will have many pieces chained together and this will be perfect. I can't wait to show this at my next guild meeting.

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    I have used the purple cutter for quite a while, they have a nice "gripper" bottom and are very sturdy. I have one in my bag to go to classes and one at home and have given them as gifts. I wouldn't want to sew without it right beside me...I also like that you can replace the blades, but so far I haven't had to do that.

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    I am so glad that you recommended this tool. I have looked at them several times but couldn't decide.

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    I have one. It's a good tool to have.

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    I agree, I have had one for a long time and use it all the time. Its very useful

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    i have a ladybug that attaches to my sewing machine its about the size a dime but its 'mouth' has a razor- same principle as the gizmo but mine was less than $5.... and I love it- the only BUG ill ever love.. lol..

    the 'idea' is great.. I have a machine cutter built in my sewing machine but i can apply this anywhere. It definitely IS a timesaver..
    LuvTooQuilt ~ Just wondering after I read your glowing review on the Ladybug cutter. It looks like a GREAT idea for my application....the only thing I struggle with Husquvarna is the thread cutter it seems to always be getting out of position...

    I read that the adhesive on the Ladybug becomes permanent after 24 hours. What if? The blade becomes dull, then you have a useless addition on the side of your sewing machine? I really like the idea of the 'bug' but just don't want something that will be permanently affixed that I cannot use or remove without damaging my machine casing.

    Really enjoying this discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Fons and Porter has something similar to this. It holds a seam ripper so you could rip seams without holding the ripper and use it to snip chain sewing threads. It is very useful.
    I saw the one from Fons and Porter, so got a block of wood, about 3 inches square (I'd guess) by 1 in high, glued a wooden spool on it, and put my seam ripper in the spool hole. Works just fine, and was cheap!! Hubby does a bit of wood working, so the block of wood was easy for me to find.

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    have one like it
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    Tend to use th cutter on the side of sewing machine exactly the same method.
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    I am SO GLAD to see this reviewed! I've been looking at this and thought it made great sense. Now to read the good reviews and especially the one where she holds it in her lap only makes me want to run out and get one. I'm thinking if there are stability issues, just place it at the edge of a table and use a carpenters clamp to hold it in place.

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    I received one for Christmas and LOVE it!
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    What a fabulous idea! Especially when I'm chain piecing items that have to stay in order, it would be a HUGE help to have a hands-free option. Thanks for the link!

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    Thanks for the link ... this is going on my list !
    I bought a wood handmade version of this at a quilt show a few years ago, it's a help but smaller and doesn't stay put well. I had to put double stick tape on it to hold it down. This looks a lot better
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    I've seen it before, but I may have to pick one up.

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    I have been using the Gypsy Cutting Gismo all morning as I was chain sewing. I LOVE that tool! It is a real time saver!

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    i made my own also. Glued a seam ripper in a large spool, glued the spool to a block of wood and voila! I did snip the sharp pointed end off so that the sides were the same . have used it for years.

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    My friend's husband loves working with wood and he made dozen's of these with his wood scraps ... and my friend gives them as gifts. I LOVE mine!
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    A bit on the pricey side!!! It reminds me of some of the letter openers that are given away as promotional items. The only difference would be you would need to make a stand for it.

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    That is really neat....thank you for sharing!!!
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    I discovered this concept in a "quilting tips" list somewhere a few years ago. To make your own (though not as stable,) just stick a seam ripper -- ripper end up -- into the hole in a big spool. I use it all the time and save money by not purchasing yet another gadget.

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    I am putting this on my wishlist.
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    I don't want to rain on your parade.

    I use the letter opener which was free from my insurance agent. It does save time and energy to use this little razor blade device to clip threads quickly and cleanly. The clipper I have had a gripper area large enough to enclose the agent's business card. I removed the card and inserted a picture of my dear daughter. Now, I see her photo each time I reach for this handy tool. I would say this is my favorite tool!

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    Looked at these before, but to me it is the same as using the cutter on my machine. After chain-stitching everything I can for the project, I stand up and cut them apart on the cutter that is on the back corner of my machine. Forces me to get up and move around.

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