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    Retiring - "what would you stock up on?"

    I'm hoping to retire in about 6 months. What would you buy now to have after you retire?
    Thanks ahead for all the ideas.

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    A longarm setup. I recently bought a used Voyager 17 and Hinterberg frame (a good starter system) and ***love*** it! I am now able to finish the pile of quilt tops my sister gave to me, plus a bunch of UFOs of my own. It has energized my interest in making new tops too (and using up some of my substantial stash!) because I know how much fun it will be to quilt them. I only wish I had invested in this years ago.

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    I would buy Kona snow and Kona black and yardage of grey. I would also buy some solids. That's what I would do first. Then I would find a fabric line I love and buy a FQ bundle and a couple of different yards of two of the fabrics I like the best. And then you'll be able to make a quilt with that. If you have more money, I'd buy a jelly roll and a couple of yards of a couple of my favorite fabrics from it. Then you have another quilt. I would continue like that. But I like to buy fabric lines. I never go wrong with fabric lines. I'm sure others have great suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I would buy Kona snow and Kona black and yardage of grey. I would also buy some solids. That's what I would do first. Then I would find a fabric line I love and buy a FQ bundle and a couple of different yards of two of the fabrics I like the best. And then you'll be able to make a quilt with that. If you have more money, I'd buy a jelly roll and a couple of yards of a couple of my favorite fabrics from it. Then you have another quilt. I would continue like that. But I like to buy fabric lines. I never go wrong with fabric lines. I'm sure others have great suggestions.
    Definately agree with this! I would stock up on white, black and creams, and solids. I never have the right color solid in my stash. Seems like I use a lot of red! I am also a huge fan of white on white fabrics so I would stock up on them. I think blenders in multiple colors would also be helpful. And batting! Get it while it's on sale; the cost is just going to keep going up, that's for sure!
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    Anything that you have longed for and could really enjoy after retiring!

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    I got my first expensive machine and took the lessons - I wasn't so concerned about stock piling items like thread or fabric because as time goes by your tastes and what you want to make change and then you end up items you may never use. So if you intend to make a major purchase, do it now before you talk yourself out of it because of a "fixed income." A lot depends on the room you have available, because having a large amount of batting is nice to have. Or how about putting some cash aside so when you want to go on a retreat - because you are retired now and have time to go or go to a quilt show and spend all sorts of money on toys because now you have time to use them.
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    Unless you enjoy the cutting process, I would invest in an AccuQuilt Go.

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    I would buy quilt kits, batting (on sale now at Connecting Threads), a variety of solids, and then hire someone to organize my sewing room....LOL

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    I would stock up on the basics you know you'll have to buy no matter what fabric you have. Scour the web for a great clearance sales to buy lots of rotary blades, seam rippers, quality pins, sewing machine needles, scissors. They will be much higher priced several years from now and you won't have to spend extra money getting them. If you quilt your quilt then stock up on the batting you like. I found if I have the basics stocked then I can get the extras as I go.
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    A year before I retired I bought my Bernina, knew I would'nt be able to afford a good machine afterwards. I got the BSR also. Best money I ever spent. I then started building up my stash, and I bought kits. I also bought lots of thread from connecting threads. When the Happy Day came I sewed up a storm. That was 4 years ago. I sew everyday, sometimes for 10 or 12 hours. I love it!!!

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    I would stock up on patterns that I would make if I had time. Once you retire, you can sew all day if you want to. Then I would beef up my stash to make the patterns. Hunt on the computer for free patterns and then make your own kits. If you don't want to do that, just stash away some money to get fabric for when you retire. Now that I'm retired, I wonder how I had time to work. lol
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    What about buying backing fabrics. I'm quite a few years from retirement but it seems even now I never have this when I want it (or need it). I like the idea of making your own quilt kits from your stash now so that you can go get the missing fabrics if you need them.

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    I would save the $$$ , and buy when you have time to enjoy the purchasing process. What is the difference if you save 50 and spend $50 later. My point is save the money and use it when you determine what projects you want to work on.
    It would be money poorly spent if what you purchase does not get used, as your tastes, and projects change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memepat View Post
    I'm hoping to retire in about 6 months. What would you buy now to have after you retire?
    Thanks ahead for all the ideas.
    Maybe buying rotary blades with JoAnn's coupons. I've about had it with the HF blades. You can almost always find fabric. Or someone gives you fabric or it's on sale or you hit it big at Goodwill. But I'm betting on blades getting more and more expensive.

    OR maybe hitting the store right now for Christmas and fall fabric sales, then later Easter & spring
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I would save the $$$ , and buy when you have time to enjoy the purchasing process. What is the difference if you save 50 and spend $50 later. My point is save the money and use it when you determine what projects you want to work on.
    It would be money poorly spent if what you purchase does not get used, as your tastes, and projects change.
    So far, this is the best answer. Ignore mine. LOL

    Maybe even spend money on travel to see a good quilt show------later.
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    A top of the line embroidery machine, a long arm quilting machine, or a deep throat domestic quilting machine. A gift certificate at my favorite dealership and another at my favorite LQS. A new car.

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    I'm with Lori S. Good advice.

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    Batting! Something you will always need & use & it never goes out of style. Get a few different types- W & N, Hobbs Poly Down, some 80/20 or whatever you use on a regular basis. I always stockpile when it's on sale & it never goes to waste.

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    I also agree with buying a nice machine while you can afford it. I bought mine now. I figured why wait life is short, and I wouldn't be able to afford it once I had another kid so I would do it before you retire and are on a fixed income. I also agree with taste changing and many people have these huge stashes that they will not use in a lifetime. Or maybe you can invest in a nice cutting system
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I would save the $$$ , and buy when you have time to enjoy the purchasing process. What is the difference if you save 50 and spend $50 later. My point is save the money and use it when you determine what projects you want to work on.
    It would be money poorly spent if what you purchase does not get used, as your tastes, and projects change.
    This was my first thought. Put the money you would spend in a special savings account and use it as you find things you 'just have to have.'

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    money is money...now or then... your tastes may change, so i would wait to buy anything. when i need it, i will buy it. there is a bonus to this...your kids won't inherit your collection!
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    If you have to stay in then stock up. I would organise my timeer week and plan a visit to some quilt shop fabric shop etc to visit and join a group. On retiring the thing you will miss is meeting others on a daily basis go out and meet somebody some days. If I had to stock up it would be fabRic but the Internet is always there .
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    I bought a Bernina. BAD mistake. In 3 years I had to replace it with a Janome. After HUGE repair bills, the Bernina motor froze. That would have been $500 plus labor. DH could have done the replacement but Bernina would not sell it.

    IMHO, a stock of several pleasant colors of solids and "reads as" solids is a good plan. My tastes in colors are fairly well established by now, so I know I will always use black, white, greens, blues, strong deep red, purple and gold. I rarely use pink, orange or yellow. Think about what looks good to you and what your purposes are. I don't make anything I dislike and about half of my quilts are for foster kids, so I keep a stock of novelty fabrics. I have a huge stash, but I live 70 miles from my "local" quilt store. If yours is a few miles away, a smaller stash is fine.

    Most of my guild members have stopped using embroidery machines within a year or so. Be really sure you want anything that is a major expense. While I have and use a fancy stitch machine, 95% of my sewing is on a workhorse of a straight stitch machine.

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    I say sewing machine, one that you can do your own FMQ'ng...you will save money in the long run not having to have someone else quilt your quilts. Second I would invest in a cutting machine...I love the studio! I am doing quilts that I would not do otherwise. The dies are expensive but...cheaper then many quilt kits that I have seen.

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    I would say stock up on cash so you can get what you want/need when you want/need it, current and fresh.

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