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Thread: Sometimes being cheap ends up being costly!

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    Sometimes being cheap ends up being costly!

    Much as I dislike buying a pattern or a specialty ruler -

    There are times it ends up costing a lot less to just part with the money and buy the pattern/instructions and the tool(s) needed to make the item.

    It can also save quite a bit of time - and - possibly - quite a bit of aggravation and frustration.

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    I agree but some of the patterns, they was so much money for just a simple pattern that even a 10 year old could sketch it out.
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    That's definitely true when fabrics run over $10 a yard. I love a good ruler - specially if there are multiple uses or applications. Or even for single use but high volume where consistent output is going to be key.

    Patterns -- not so much, but on occasion I do find it's worth it to have someone else figure out the details for me. I have pretty high expectations for a pattern, however, and I really don't want to pay for a general idea and vague directions. If I pay, I expect accuracy, multiple size options (usually), fabric requirements clearly and accurately listed, step by step illustrated directions, tips for problematic piecing or pressing, and it's always nice to see multiple color/placement options and some quilting suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I agree but some of the patterns, they was so much money for just a simple pattern that even a 10 year old could sketch it out.
    I am talking about the very complex ones - I'm fairly good at replicating/creating fairly complex patterns - but there are some that are beyond me. I'm also fairly good at drafting templates.

    I might fall into the "frugal/cheap" category - I haven't been willing to buy EQ yet. I'm still using graph paper and pencils for "thinking".

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    Preaching to the choir here. Some wear the 'I'm cheap' like a badge of honor. I am beyond the age I have to make do or try do it for cheap. I buy the special ruler, tool, and pattern and never think twice.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
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    there are a lot of ways to cut corners in everything, but having quality tools is not one.

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    I sometimes will purchase a pattern, because at the check out I start to question my math calculations and over buy the fabric.... if I had purchased the pattern with the yardage requirements it would have been cheaper in the long run. Yes some patterns do have errors, but for the most part when I do the math.... I over buy "just in case". Even one extra yard of fabric at $11-13 adds up. So I am a confident sewer quiter but not so confident in my own math . One bad math calculation left a permanent imprint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I am beyond the age I have to make do or try do it for cheap. I buy the special ruler, tool, and pattern and never think twice.
    Right! After years of making do I'm at the point where I've decided I'm worth it. Just bought an HQ Sweet Sixteen. I figured it was now or never. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

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    It seems like the more rulers I buy...somehow I never have the "one" I need!

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    When you calculate the time it takes to re-create a pattern is it more than the cost of a pattern? Lori is right too, if we guesstimate what we need in fabric we over buy..or worse under buy then not be able match the fabric later!

    If I don't buy a pattern I try to use a fabric calculator or free design sites to get my estimates.
    http://search.quiltshops.com/calculator/calculator.htm
    http://mywebquilter.com/index.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I am talking about the very complex ones - I'm fairly good at replicating/creating fairly complex patterns - but there are some that are beyond me. I'm also fairly good at drafting templates.

    I might fall into the "frugal/cheap" category - I haven't been willing to buy EQ yet. I'm still using graph paper and pencils for "thinking".
    LOL, last night i was coloring a potential layout for my Lake Superior quilt; DH says, "did you like coloring whenyou were young? You don't seem the type. Isn't there a program for that?"
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    I do believe there is a difference from being cheap and thinking of a way to do something in another way. Before I buy a pattern I do look it over to see if I can figure it out on my own (i.e.: Turning 20). Then there is buying the right tool to get it done (i.e.: the Twister tool). But I do applaud the people that can come up with an alternative.

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    I guess I just don't find patterns all that expensive to worry about it. I haven't really enjoyed making a couple of things that required specialty rulers, so I'm out on that for the most part. I have purchased a couple of higher priced patterns that were embroidery patterns or applique, but was happy with those.

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    I am a pattern junkie...of sorts. I'll buy patterns at the drop of a hat if they interest me. Now, specialty rulers...not so much. I, too, like not having to figure it out myself most of the time. Especially the yardage requirements. I'll be half way through a pattern that calls for a special ruler before admitting to defeat and buying the ruler. Most times it works in my favor...sometimes not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Preaching to the choir here. Some wear the 'I'm cheap' like a badge of honor. I am beyond the age I have to make do or try do it for cheap. I buy the special ruler, tool, and pattern and never think twice.
    LOL! I threw away my "I'm Cheap Badge" last year. I am not able to sew/quilt right now but I am stocking up slowly on things and am being very particular with what I buy. I am also on a strict budget. So far I have purchased the right tools and patterns for the projects that I a going to do.
    I am too POSITIVE to be doubtful, too OPTIMISTIC to be fearful and way to DETERMINED to be defeated.

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    I agree l dont like to be frustrated I would rather pay extra so my project would work out

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    I spent way too many years "making do with what I had". My DH worked very hard to be able to give me a life that I could do what I want without having to worry about where the money would come from. Now being a widow living alone, except for a Great Dane to keep me company, I buy what I feel will be a good value for me. Will I use a pattern more than once? Will that template do more than one thing? Last year I bought myself a HQ Avante, and love every minute of it. I quilt mostly for myself, and do some quilting for my close friends. But having a life changing health issue last fall, I have decided life is way too short to worry about an $8 pattern if I want it. My life is my quilting, and it keeps me sane. I am of the "If you want it and you can afford it, you should have it" frame of mind.

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    I am new to the board and have enjoyed all the questions and responses. Very helpful information for new or advanced quilter.

    I have EQ7 and a husband who is willing to make templates for me. A picture is usually all I need. I love to figure out a block and if I can't figure it out my husband will help me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Preaching to the choir here. Some wear the 'I'm cheap' like a badge of honor. I am beyond the age I have to make do or try do it for cheap. I buy the special ruler, tool, and pattern and never think twice.
    Agree.....if I can't indulge myself a bit after all this time, who will! But, I confess to being a gadget lover.....started in my kitchen, now has spread out to my sewing cave.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Agree.....if I can't indulge myself a bit after all this time, who will! But, I confess to being a gadget lover.....started in my kitchen, now has spread out to my sewing cave.......
    I am with you. yesterday I bought a confectioner sugar sifter you use to sprinkle the tops of cakes Now I have been doing this for years without it, but "thought" I needed it. So I am still buying gadgets for both, kitchen and sewing. Having fun with both.

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    I do both..u just have to decide if it is worth it ..I have rulers..I will never use..saw it.. thought this is really cool..I am sure to use them..but so far haven't and doubt I will..on the other hand ..I have some I use all the time..as for patterns the price has keep me from buying some..I get most of mine off free pattern sites..or I see it figure it out for myself..as for yardage when u do that..as stated there are free places to go to figure it..or u can look at the pattern ..and remember or write it down..this maybe consider wrong by some..to each their own there..I have friend who has to have a pattern..because she can not vision the end result..but she save in other ways..by not buying things she really doesn't need..to sum my feeling on this..I save where I can..but still get what I want..it is a balancing act..but most of us know that from just dailey living..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastpedal View Post
    I am new to the board and have enjoyed all the questions and responses. Very helpful information for new or advanced quilter.

    I have EQ7 and a husband who is willing to make templates for me. A picture is usually all I need. I love to figure out a block and if I can't figure it out my husband will help me.
    Welcome to this board. It is great!

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    The way I look at it...I can earn more money. I can NEVER earn more TIME.

    Quilting is something I do for fun. If there's something frustrating or super time-consuming that I can make easier or faster with a gadget or a widget that fits in my budget, I'm BUYING the gadget or widget! If it doesn't fit into the budget I can always save up for it or maybe try to find a class or a friend to teach me another way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychonurse View Post
    I am with you. yesterday I bought a confectioner sugar sifter you use to sprinkle the tops of cakes Now I have been doing this for years without it, but "thought" I needed it. So I am still buying gadgets for both, kitchen and sewing. Having fun with both.
    Me too! I have a gadget for just about any cooking task. My grandkids love to use them.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Preaching to the choir here. Some wear the 'I'm cheap' like a badge of honor. I am beyond the age I have to make do or try do it for cheap. I buy the special ruler, tool, and pattern and never think twice.
    I agree worked hard to many years to make do on somethings, I look at it this way if I can't do it right just won't do it.. 80 an counting can't take it with me.
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