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    A paint brush for sweeping off the cutting table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    What has wandered into your arsenal of quilting/sewing tools and supplies, that is not originally meant for such??

    * toothbrush -- great mini whisk to get rid of loose threads
    * Pampered Chef scraper -- simplifies finger pressing!
    * sticky notes -- always ready for reminders of machine settings
    * and more will come to mind later!
    I USE A CAR DETAILED CLEANING BRUSH TO GET THE LINT OUT OF THOSE TINY CREVASES AND DOG FEED IT HAS LONGER BRISLES THAN A TOOTH BRUSH.






    **Inspired by Pester's thread of non-quilting uses for our quilting things

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    Quote Originally Posted by pester
    Small scrapbook orginizer that works great for holding my rulers, shears, needles, quilting odds and ends. Works great to keep it all compact and in one place since I don't have a dedicated sewing place.

    Random metal tin to hold my saftey pins

    Piece of foam stuffed in my machine foot peddle. Helps with speed contol.
    That is the first time I have heard of foam stuffed in foot peddle. I am going to try that for I have a heavy foot and maybe that shall solve my problem. Thanks.

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    -an old fashioned dresser under my cutting table. It has shallow drawers to store all sorts of things.
    -two of the plastic cabinets like men use to keep screws etc,,,, I store my machine feet, empty bobbins, machine needles etc
    -an old dining room table behind my machine which holds up whatever large pieces Im sewing on

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    fine grit sandpaper for cleaning my cutting mats, sharpening my blades.
    baby wipes for cleaning my mats also & the surface of my machine as well as the oils from my hands
    white gloves arn't just for party manors
    my crikut cutter isnt just for paper crafting
    markers, pigma pens, colored pencils, crayons, rubbing alcohol all used for drawing on fabric from designs to covering up boo boos!
    coffee filters as stabilizer

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    I have nerve damage in both hands and my left is worse then my right. I can't feel the needle or the thread. My thumbs are pulled back towards my wrists. If you put my hands palm up the thumbs look like frogs legs. I just taught myself to sew with my right hand and pulled my needle through sometimes with my teeth. I'm glad you mentioned the needle nose hooked pliers. I'm going to get me a pair. I have a pair of regular pliers in the kitchen to open everything. Thanks for the yip.
    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I hand quilt and I have arthritis in my hands.

    I use these needle nosed curved, spring loaded pliers to pull the needles through. They really save my wrists.

    http://www.service.kleintools.com/To...uct/D338-51/2C

    I got mine from Harbor Freight for $2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in WA
    The Bible.

    Yes, it's true.

    It is the perfect thickness to go under my heel so that I can run the pedal with the front part of my foot. Else my foot cramps up.

    BTW, it is not the only Bible we have in the house; this one is an older one that gets little use. If someone needs this particular version, they can find it just as easily under my sewing machine as they can on the bookshelf!
    I laughed so hard I almost wet myself! Now that there is FUNNY!

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    A book shelf to store fatquarter bundles
    A child's wardobe closet to store flannel
    Christmas cookie tins for notions, odds and ends.

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    * plastic chewing cum cannister for disposal of sharps -- rotary blades, needles, bent pins, etc.

    * I haven't but I've seen it in LQS's ... a CD storage tower for storing FQs

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    I keep an old pair of kitchen tongs to pick up things that my long handled magnet can't pick up. Works great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Hubby - he's colorblind but can't be beat when it comes to value
    When he isn't around, a pair if red lens glasses, or a least the red cellophane will work. When DD saw mine, she had to have a pair, see our glasses used when buying fabric. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95308-1.htm

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    Lots of great ideas here...I'm taking notes.
    I use a heel sander from the dollar store to pick up frogged stitches, a bamboo scure (just realized I dont know how to spell squre *shisk kabob stick) (blush) as my stilus.

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    I use many of the items already mentioned but my favourite and most useful item is my barrel shaped wallpaper seam roller. It sits beside the machine. As I am piecing I use it to press the seams. No running to the iron and I save on electricity. I press finished blocks and tops with the iron.

    Try it. I think they come in wood but I could only find plastic for about $4.00. Make sure the roller is barrel shaped and not flat.

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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    I have very limited space for storage in my condo, so I use a fabric six shelf hanger intended for sweaters to hold my fabric stash.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kooklabell
    Mole Skin foot pad to mark 1/4 inch on my sewing machine. Keeps my seems really, really even :)

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    I use a mini tackle box to hold all my hand quilting stuff for a given project. The separate compartments hold my pins, needles, thread, siccors, bees wax, needle gripper and thimble, etc. It's wonderful!

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    Back in the '80s when my daughter was a teen, she had an assortment of "Kaboodles" (plastic storage cases with lots of little compartments) for her makeup, jewelry, etc. When the fad passed, I snagged them for the sewing room. Each one is big enough to hold everything for a small project so I can just grab it and go.

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    I found what I believe to be a cosmetic case at Goodwill that has fold out shelves like a tackle box has. I use it to put sewing stuff in to take to work days for my club, Much better than the cloth bag I used to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Hubby - he's colorblind but can't be beat when it comes to value
    When he isn't around, a pair if red lens glasses, or a least the red cellophane will work. When DD saw mine, she had to have a pair, see our glasses used when buying fabric. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95308-1.htm
    What a great idea ... I can never squint my eyes right to look thru those ruby beholders and make sense.

    Where, pray tell, does one buy such quilt-fashionista eyeglasses? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by glorcour
    I use many of the items already mentioned but my favourite and most useful item is my barrel shaped wallpaper seam roller. It sits beside the machine. As I am piecing I use it to press the seams. No running to the iron and I save on electricity. I press finished blocks and tops with the iron.

    Try it. I think they come in wood but I could only find plastic for about $4.00. Make sure the roller is barrel shaped and not flat.
    Which brings to mind that the Pampered Chef Mini Pastry Roller would do the job too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    At night I wear one of those thingys like a small miners headlamp focused on the needle area. Really helps. Magnetic dish from Harbor Freight for small scissors, seam rippers, etc. Telescoping magnet to get all the pins off the floor every night. One of those sticky rollers to get all of the loose thread off me and the quilt. I know there is more, but can't think.
    Ok sorry had to laugh at the picture of you sitting and sewing in the wee hours of the night w/ you miners hat on...great idea just got me chuckling. I love my magnetic dish from Harbor Freight.

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    'made a portable design wall using old fiberglass tent poles with shock cords. Added a little pocket in each corner of the GW flannel blanket, and a small tie in the middle. Can be free standing or hang from cup hooks.
    Other items:
    door peephole to get an idea of how a fabric will look from a distance.
    the red glasses to determine values
    small photo albums to carry fabric swatches of my stash when shopping
    a pair of mirrors taped together to determine how a fabric will appear as a OBW
    spring clamps to hold fabric securely to a table - makes ripping easier
    Styrofoam stuffed into an old pen caddie where I can safely store craft knives
    old memo spindle to stack LA bobbins
    Hemostats and curved Kellys for reaching and grabbing
    mosquitostats which are helpful in conjunction with a tiny crochet hook for picking stitches
    sand paper board to keep fabric stable while marking
    a spoon for quick finger presses, (my fingers don't work as good as the spoon)

    many of the previously mentioned items

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    Wow, since I went to bed last night, yall have really gotten with it. This is some good reading.

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    I toolk the silverware rack out of my old dishwasher before calling the haul away people. Sometimes they sell those at thrift stores. It sits right behind my sewing machine and all my tools are very handy

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    I have about 4 of the older metal covered cake pans. Keep near the cutting table and add the cut pieces as I cut; quickly can move to the sewing machine.Could not bear to get rid of as we don't bake near as often.
    Canning jars- for buttons, lovely scraps,little knick knacks [like old wooden spools, bobbins, small rag balls,ect].
    A smaller heavy wide mouth bowl set near the sewing machine to collect threads as I sew and trim my blocks. It never tips over.

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    An old mouse pad to stabalize the foot pedal

    A grapefruit spoon to close the safety pins when sandwiching
    Parchment paper and freezer paper for applique

    I wear a thumb ring and stick a toothpick under it when I am appliqueing..it helps to arrange the fabric when doing needle turn.

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