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Thread: Need advice on Notions

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    I agree with sewcrafty. my shape cut is the only one I would fight anyone for!!!!

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    of course it is not just you!! it is like a pot or a pan that you only use once a yearLOL. when you need it you need it and that is my story and I am sticking to it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    There's a gadget called the "purple thang" that is akin to a stilleto. It's plastic so it won't hurt your machine when trying to catch the bobbin thread, guide fabric, etc.

    Everyone else's suggestions are great so can't add more for notions. But, (isn't there always a "but" :-) )one of hte handiest things I have is a tool holder from Joann's. It's canvas, about 6" x 8" x 8" tall, and has lots of pockets. I keep it right nesxt to the machine so I can easily grab those tweezers, screw driver, little brush, etc.

    Oh, my DDIL gave me one of the bags for Christmas. I immediately emptied 5 mugs and put everything in it and still have room. I've got to get a Purple Thang and I keep forgetting about it. I think I really need to work on my rulers since I only have 2. I'm getting such great ideas here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949
    Tia, I'm a fairly new quilter, so I just bought many of these items. I took lessons from a very talented lady who has been quilting a long time. She recommended the following:
    Sewing machine, 18 X 24 or 24 X 36 inch mat, 45 mm rotary cutter, extra blades, extra needles for your sewing machine, good cotton thread (no polyester), good straight pins (she recommended Clover glass head pins, seam ripper, rulers that are accurate and be sure to buy all the same brand as they sometimes measure differently (she recommended Omnigrid), pin cushion, "betweens" needles if you're going to hand quilt and a hoop. Then, to begin a simple pattern like a Turning Twenty or simple nine patch and good 100% cotton fabric. Start simple and gain confidence. I also use the www.about.com site for much information. She's a friend and does a great job with info. There are many helpful sites online for beginners as well.
    Don't get discouraged, keep practicing and practicing. You'll become addicted so quick!! Good Luck!


    I know about the 9 Patch. I just watch a video for the Disappearing 9 Path that looks easy. But I don't know what the Turning Twenty pattern is. Do you have a link for it? So far the rulers I have are Omnigrid.

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    I would also recommend a variety of pencils.. #2 graphite, white quilters, silver quilters.. and a few Micron sakura markers.. they are great for marking where you need a permanent line or for writing labels and come in a variety of colors and widths and they are archival and will not harm fabrics. And some template plastic and extra fine sharpies for marking on them. You might want to do some applique or hand piecing and those things come in VERY handy
    Then a good notebook that zips shut and some plastic sheet protectors.. these are great for storing "project ideas" or quilt block patterns and templates. I have 2, working on 3 and they are a wonderful resource for me.
    I have patterns from 20 years ago that are not available any more.

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    What is a wand magnet and stiletto?....omg Love Mine. If you drop a pin, just wave the wand across the floor and there it is. I've picked up pins I didn't even know I dropped. Plus, I have mine sitting directly in front of me when I sew. I grab the pin before it reaches the sewing needle, reach in the direction of my wand (don't have to hunt for the pin cushion or container with pins) it's sucks it up and I continue on my way.

    Flat head pins are especially nice to use with the wands. I will bet I have 50 pins on mine. All sides and they stay put.

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    I don't know if you have a quilt inspector. I know I couldn't sew without mine......(cat and/or dog)

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    what is a quilt inspector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsru
    what is a quilt inspector?
    It is a cat dog or bird that has to check out every quilt you make! LOL

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    Got all ideas written down!! Won't have to worry about "quilt inspector"...have a 3 YO DGD and 6 YO DGS who will tell me EVERYTHING they think I do wrong!! Yep, and they KNOW not to touch Nana's sewing things!! I made their own little "stash" so they can play while I'm doing the grown up thing!!

    Marking pen/pencils are what I have a big problem with. I have a white quilting pencil and a blue one. I need a good "disappearing or wash out one". I have read so many pro and cons on them, I'm confused! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsanchez
    You should purchase a 12 1/2 square and one of those pressing boards. You see them all the time with a cutting mat on one side and on the other side you can iron on. I would also have a good iron. I have three irons. One is the regular size ones. Another is the little iron with the small triangle. This one you can use if you want to do stained glass for paper piecing. Now my favorite iron is the new one that came out a couple of months ago. I bought it at Joann's when they had a 40% coupon. It's blue and has an adjustable head. I can't think of the name right off hand but I will get it and let you know the name of it. Then on books. One of the best quilt block book, and I use it all the time, is "501 Quilt Blocks". It is a wonderful book and you can change the patterns around so you don't use the same one on a quilt or you can make them all them same. It's very easy to use.
    I love this book, "501 Quilt Blocks", too! I would recommend a good quilt border book, too, mine is so old, I am sure it is out of date. Maybe someone else can recommend their fav?

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    All the above mentioned "must haves" and keep a stash of dark chocolate for when your attention to detail wanes. Chocolate makes everything better.

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    Addition, some good English hand sewing needles and a comfortable thimble. The only one I can stand on my stubby fat fingers is the leather coin one. Clover distributes it, I think. Since they are easily misplaced a pair of small sharp scissors on a ribbon to hang around your neck. A small basket will help keep small things handy.

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    FABRIC, I DIDN'T SEE FABRIC ON YOUR LIST. LOL

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    The little butterfly screwdirvers so you can take off your needlplate and clean and oil under the bobbincase. My rule of thumb is after every 8 hours of sewing, same goes with replacing your needles. This is very important so you don't mess up your timing with a slightly off or worn needle. So lots of extra needles, you never know when one might break-usually when the sewing shop is closed. Sewing machine oil, know your machine manul so you can maintain your machine. (saves trips to the service department) Lots of good quality thread white , black, grey or tan. Colors are for when you are quilting on top or sewing on your binding.

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    Hey, I'm from MS too!

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