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    Old 09-17-2010, 08:23 PM
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    Originally Posted by Charlee
    My biggest $$ saving tip would be to stay completely away from the vintage machines!! :lol: (They are SO addictive!!)
    Could I please use your saying about dust and patina? I love it!!! And my house has a lot of patina.
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    Old 09-17-2010, 08:24 PM
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    Don't forget Craigslist. In my area there is usually a store that is closing or a grandmother who has passed away. A lot of times they are just anxious to get rid of it and you can score big.
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    Old 09-17-2010, 09:58 PM
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    I just discovered that IF you purchase an entire roll of batting (it comes at this store at 80 yards per roll) it is cheaper if the employee doenst have to "do" anything to it (like measuring and cutting)..it sells for $1.50 a yard if you have it measured, but in buying the entire roll of 80 yards, I got it for $1.00 per yard.......of course it will last for a year and its a huge roll, but that is a lot of $$ saved !!!
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    Old 09-18-2010, 02:27 AM
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    we went in with a couple girls in my group, and got the roll of batting..we wait until we have the 2 coupons to use..the 40 or 50% and the extra 10 or 20% off your total order. we have done it with bolts of muslin. we just share.
    i use the local freecycle to get fabric also.
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    Old 09-18-2010, 02:59 AM
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    I long ago decided to save $$ on thread by keeping just 3 colors of the good stuff.Superior thread in light beige is my choice.Not cheap, but I use the cone size & it lasts & lasts.Also keep one each of white & black,but the beige works fine with everything else.I usually make a sample block before starting a quilt.These can be used for totes,pillows etc.
    Decide on a string block size,cut cheap/thin backing to size & cover with strings.They pile up pretty quick & make nice throws,quilts or table runners/pillows.Nice for gifts.
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    Old 09-18-2010, 03:15 AM
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    I haven't bought fabric for a while, but when we used to get it at Joanns, we got to know the mgr. If we were getting the whole bolt she would let us have it at the sale price even when the sale was not on. We only bought for backings and borders so could use large quantities.
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    Old 09-18-2010, 03:23 AM
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    remnants! always half price and at Joann's for instance, if it's on sale already, the remnant is half of the sale price. Lots of patterns/possibilities for scrap quilts out there.
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    Old 09-18-2010, 03:58 AM
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    I think now with the economy so bad and funds so limited, I'm going to start really saving by not buying any fabric and totally depending on my stash. I'm sure I can come up with some pretty creative ideas and think of all the gas I'll save.

    At my age, I don't want to even think of my sons having to give all my beautiful fabric away that I spent years collecting. This new sewing year should be very interesting.
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    Old 09-18-2010, 04:00 AM
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    Originally Posted by maryb119
    I use Warm and Natural batting. I save the left over pieces and then I cut the edges straight and butt them together and use the three step zig zag stitch to stitch them together. The three step zig zag is a stitch the looks like a zig zag but has three stitches one way and then three stitches the other way. The edges lay flat without a "ridge" that a regular zigzag leaves. Once the item is quited. you can't tell it it was joined together or not. Why wast good batting?
    I do the same thing.
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    Old 09-18-2010, 04:28 AM
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    Your right, you can drop some money in the fabric stores, ( I love it) but my best bargains comes from garage sales or estate sales. So far I have no one that have offered donations, but I am waiting :)
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