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Thread: New FMQ tool-really cheap

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    New FMQ tool-really cheap

    I just discovered that the elastic exercise bands are GREAT for replacing FMQ gloves. I've used gloves and really like them, except for having to remove them every time I stop and need to use my fingers or hands to do something else.

    Hubby uses the exercise bands for stretching exercises and mentiond that "they sure won't slide"...made me think I'd try it for FMS....and by golly, it works, not only does it work, but it works GREAT and leaves my hands and fingers free to remove pins, cut threads, etc....WOW!! I first tried a longer piece across the width of my hands, but that didnt leave me room to work close enough to the needle. Then I tried two pieces, one on each side of the needle, and BINGO!!! works like a charm, and your fabric absolutely does not move under the bands, but glides easily under the needle.....try it!

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    Forgot to mention that I just bought 3 new exercise bands at walmart for around $5.00 and one band can be cut into several pieces, and may last forever.

    Viv

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    Thank you for a great idea. I have several old ones I can cut up and use.

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    Fantastic idea!!! I've even got some of those bands . . . somewhere . . . . Needless to say, I haven't been using them, lately.
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    Finally, a GOOD reason to use those bands...LOL! I have to try this!

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    Finally a use for exercise bands I can see actually using!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Finally a use for exercise bands I can see actually using!
    And you/we can now tell everyone that we were "just using our exercise bands" ............... and stop short of saying HOW we were using them!
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    LOL Great idea for "using" our bands !! I have a couple, will have to try this out !

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    Thank you so much for this tip - and the tip about getting them at WalMart!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    What a really great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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    Who would have thought you can exercise and sew at the same time, yeh!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Peg View Post
    Who would have thought you can exercise and sew at the same time, yeh!! lol
    Hubby uses his....now I can use mine...LOL

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    Super good tip! I have a couple sitting in a drawer somewhere.

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    Cool idea I wonder if the no skid stuff you get at the dollar store would work too I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing

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    Great idea, thanks!
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    Great idea, thanks.

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    Why wouldn't the rubberized shelf lining work just as well? I have lots of that around that I could cut into workable pieces and use on each side of the machine needle. Thanks for the tip. Or you could even use those round rubber disc like jar operners also.
    MaryB

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    Thank you for the tip!

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    I knew there was a reason I kept the pieces of the last one that snapped. This looks like a good idea.

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    Hmmmm, I have some of those somewhere too! thanks.

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    What a great tip!! You should send it to Fon's and Porter's! Maybe you could win a free subscription!!

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    I do this with the stuff you put under bowls and glasses to stop them from slipping. A bit cheaper than exercise bands at $2 per mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb44662 View Post
    Why wouldn't the rubberized shelf lining work just as well? I have lots of that around that I could cut into workable pieces and use on each side of the machine needle. Thanks for the tip. Or you could even use those round rubber disc like jar operners also.
    Shelf liners work wonderfully. I had a teacher recommend that to me before.

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    The shelf liner doesnt work under my foot control, it's on carpet and I chase that thing all over the floor. Gonna try the exercise band trick...just checked that out....it holds better than the shelf liner... It seems to hold to the carpet, but the control slips on the exercise band, I think if I added double sided tape to the bottom of the foot control that it will hold....Yep...thats the fix! WOOHOO, no more chasing that dang thing around, but it did give me a little stretching exercise...LOL
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    wow...great idea!! I think mom might have some of that at her house gathering dust.

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