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Stuff you Use for Quilting, that isn't originally for Quilting!!!

Old 06-24-2012, 04:52 PM
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2 $1.00 store rubber door stoppers to angle my machine
digital camera, best design tool out there
personal size table for sewing machine
rubber placemat cut up and put under sewing machine foot peddle
pants coat hanger to hang the quilts waiting to be loaded and quilted
dish scrubbie to cean cutting mat
flannel backed table cloth as hanging design wall
flannel covered stretched canvas, portable design wall
blue painters tape, multiple uses
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:05 PM
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This may have been mentioned, I haven't read all the pages. Those little foam toe separators when you get a pedicure, make great bobbin holders
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:06 PM
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needle nose pliers to pull the needle through when hand piecing!
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
how is the 3 machines set up working for you? i have 2 set up right now and looking for room to set a third in a cabinet up. are you getting more sewing done?
No, not really, can only run one a a time. One upstairs, two in dungeon. Dungeon ones are used the most, have different colored thread on them so depends on what quilt top I am working on. And different foot on each one so no switching back and forth. A FW, a 301A and I do believe it is a old Janome if they made a Vogue which I have used for quite a few years. Love that machine.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:25 AM
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2 (2 drawer) filing cabinets, with a narrow closet door on top, to make a free table -
clean plastic boxes (from Sams cookies) to hold strips in various sizes, labeled as 2 1/2, 3/ 3 1/2,etc widths
Hard plastic cat litter buckets (from Sams) to hold scraps, cut to various sizes (2",3",4",etc)
half bushel (farmers market produce baskets) sitting on top of the fabric cabinets, to hold things like mens ties, sewing patterns,orphan squares, etc
2 large, white cabinets (from Lowes) that hold the stash (top shelves have fabric on bolts, bought in quanity for backings)
Used desk bottom half (the hutch was missing) from Goodwill (7.00) for cutting mat .........also ironing board (made from a piece of plywood, covered with batting and fabric)
looseleaf notebooks (from Goodwill, a dollar each) to hold all the free patterns from the internet(I use up a lot of computer ink)
large coffee mug to hold the cones of thread
old pill bottles to hold old needles, pins,etc (sharp things to toss)
cofffee creamer bottle to hold old rotary blades (to toss)
small beverage plastic bottle to keep water for the steam iron
Belt hoop to hold all the rulers, and hang it on a cup hook
round basket to hold all the larger thread cones in
a tin to hold the bobbins (mine held a rotary cutter from ebay)
old microwave cart (10.00 goodwill find) to hold the plastic boxes with all the strips (measured and cut already)
a large basket beside the machine to catch all the scraps as they accumulate (and then you have to measure, cut, file into the correct size cat liitter buckets)
*I have my small scissors tied to the machine drawer pull, with red ribbon...........seems I was always dropping the scissors and having to pick them up........now they are on the ribbon, so all I have to do to pick them up is pull.......
Magnetic telescope from Harbor Freight to pick up all those pins I dropped on the floor
a small plastic trash can on BOTH sides of the machine
a design wall hanging on the closet door, made from a flannel backed table cloth from the Dollar Tree Store
A coffee can for all the safety pins (we never have enough of those)
A pretty old china bowl (deep dish) for all the long, straight pins
a pretty old cookie tin that holds all the normal size thread spools
an old china cream pitcher pin-cushion
And I think that is all I can remember...........this is a wonderful thread and I have sure heard a lot of good suggestions to try. Thanks to all who have contributed their great ideas
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:42 AM
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Learning a lot from this. I also have learned that the bottom of the paper shredders make great little trash cans because they fit snug against wall, or whatever, table legs. After the paper shredder part dies, recycyle that and use the catch container for trash.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:57 AM
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A bread slicer to hold rulers, [the ones used for homemade bread], tic-tac container for old needles..
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:46 AM
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When I got my new Horizon, I couldn't afford another sewing cabinet, and couldn't find a table low enough to be comfortable. Hubby took me to IKEA and we found a corner desk top, with the front curved in, and adjustable legs. All under $130! I have it set low enough to take the strain off my shoulders and there's plenty of work space on either side of my machine, and lots of room behind the machine to support my quilts. It's perfect. Sits in a corner between my other sewing cabinet and a chest of drawers that hold my sewing notions. Sure beats a $1500 cabinet!!! Love, love, love it!!!!
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:01 AM
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Okay. Help me out here. Why do you want to wear red glasses??
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:03 AM
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Desktop pen organizer for scissors, ripper, etc.
Folding 6ft plastic topped camping table for cutting table
Old school desk (modern type metal with formica top) for my sewing machine to sit on
Flannel back vinyl tablecloth for design wall
Small magnetic paper clip holder for straight pins
Clear plastic push pins to hold rulers on wall
Currently using not yet refurbished treadle machine (in cabinet) as extension of my sewing table area - right next to that school desk that just happens to be adjusted to the same height.
All sizes of ziplock bags for organizing projects, patterns, templates, etc.
Haven't gotten them yet, but cinder blocks to raise my cutting table to a more convenient height.
Shelves and wall runners from an office supply store that sold out for organizing my fabric

edited to add
Allmost forgot the tackle box for all the little stuff like snaps, hooks & eyes, grommets, safety pins, etc. Great sewing box!

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