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Not Just For Dishes Anymore !

Old 02-12-2014, 10:59 AM
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Default Not Just For Dishes Anymore !

We all have them. Those tools we use in our quilting room, that were never intended to be used for that purpose. Wallpaper seam rollers, painters tape, chop sticks, the list is long and plentiful. Well, I have a new one , to me at least !

I know everyone loves to talk about what they like to use to keep their hands from slipping when free motion quilting, and I have tried alot of them. Before I came up with this idea I was using the machingers gloves, but they made my hands sweaty, and I had to take them off any time I wanted to change a needle, or rethread, then put them back on again. Plus, I have this OCD thing with hyper sensitive skin, and the gloves really sent me to the brink at times. Once I got my machine frame, I never really thought about it again, no more gloves ! Now that I have gone frame free again, I really had to come up with something else.
These are Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Scrub Sponges. You can get them at almost any grocery or dollar store. There are 2 styles of these, one has a regular sponge on one side and scratchy scrubber on the other. This kind that I use has little rubber nubs on one side and micro fiber on the other.

When I first got the idea to try these I was thinking that the nubby side would be great for gripping the fabric, but its not ! Those little nubs slide all over the place ! Now the micro fiber side is perfect ! No slip at all ! They fit perfectly to the shape of my hand too and that is a nice comfort plus !

All I did was sew on some 1 inch elastic to the sides for my hands to slide into and allow me to move my hands without losing the sponge ! I have been in heaven since I made them the other night. No more sweaty hands and slipping my hands in and out of them is super quick and easy ! Plus, they are MUCH more economical to replace when they get icky !
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:04 AM
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Great idea and a lot cheaper than the gloves. When they get too icky for fabric use, send them to the sink for dish duty.
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HA..... What a fantabulous idea !!!!.... Thanks for sharing...
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:11 AM
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Well aren't u clever. Thanks for that great tip. Ann Peterson cuts a piece of shelf liner and grips it but that feels odd to me. This could work.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:14 AM
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I love that idea. I will be trying that. I hate those gloves and this will work much better and cheaper too.
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Great idea! Thanks for the tip.
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Thank you for sharing. I like it!!!
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Great idea!
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That is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing with us.
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You are voted MVQ (most valuable quilter) of the day for this fabulous tip!!
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