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

Old 06-25-2012, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by JuneBillie View Post
Thanks for all the great ideas. I wish we also had another thread for all the ideas to make life easier for those of us that have bad arthritis, and similar conditions. I have lupus, Sjogren's, Fibromyalgia, etc. and right now I am trying to type with a brace on my right hand, due to nerve pain in my wrist.
Thanks, JuneBillie!! ... I'm sure there'd be many interested in your suggestion for a new thread and would have lots of ideas to share. So why don't you start a new thread about that?
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:50 PM
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I can't live without my little paintbrush. I use it to clean out my sewing machine under the needle and then to clean out the bobbin area.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:44 AM
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I loved going back and reading every post; what great ideas! Many of the suggestions or ideas listed I already use so I won’t repeat here but I think that I have some new ones:

Inexpensive plastic place mats (found a new set of 4 pretty flowered ones at a yard sale for 50 cents) placed under my sewing machine and serger so they do not walk, and protect my dining room tabletop.

I have very small corks that I use instead of Pinmoors as pin point protectors, that are used as “plugs” for inserting into small holes by paint shops so that the holes do not clog up with paint when sprayed. (Sure eventually they will break down after some time of repeated use but they are cheap money for a whole bag of them, and they last a long time.)

I use a small Clorax disinfecting wipes container with hinged lid by my sewing machine and serger for threads and small fabric scraps.

Squares or circles of rubber shelf liner, to grip needle and pull through fabric.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:47 AM
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Tweezers for all sorts of things sewing-related. Coffe mugs to hold thin rulers, small rotary cutters, etc & as a thread snip cup. Butter (oleo) containers to keep various odds & ends in. Spice jars to keep various sizes of pins in.
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Originally Posted by Wanabee Quiltin View Post
I can't live without my little paintbrush. I use it to clean out my sewing machine under the needle and then to clean out the bobbin area.
Oh, I forgot that! I use either a small (cheap) paintbrush or an old make-up brush.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
Thanks, JuneBillie!! ... I'm sure there'd be many interested in your suggestion for a new thread and would have lots of ideas to share. So why don't you start a new thread about that?
Yes! What a great idea! I love it & will be watching out for it!
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:49 AM
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This is fascinating reading. Hope many other quilters will enjoy all the ideas!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
Yeah but do others know what cow magnets are and why dairy farmers use them. So will send these images. GKids love playing with them. Spend endless hours looking for metal to attach to them.

Here are three of the round variety
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Here's a square shaped one
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But you didn't say why farmers use them. They put them down the cow's throat. It ends up in the cows stomach so that if the cow eats something metal, (sometimes there is metal in their feed) the metal sticks to the magnet and doesn't pierce the cows stomach lining.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:24 AM
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I can't believe I read the whole thing! Took about four hours and I learned a lot.
I'll add just a few more.
* I have mugs with handles broken off on the kitchen table, coffee table and sewing table for pens, pencils, SEAM RIPPERS, letter openers, white out, SMALL SCISSORS, 6 IN. RULER, highlighters, etc.
* Only one other person mentioned Tupperware. I use a sweet saver to pour water into my iron; it has a spout on it meant to pour syrup and such.
* I have a Modular Mate rectangular 1 next to my machine for STUFF. When I go to a class, I just put the seal on and go.
* I put my three tiered table next to my machine to hold a heavy quilt while I am FMQing.
* I have an old stereo stand on top of my table and have all my fat quarters and small stash piled up there on three shelves so that I can see the folded ends of each one. (Well, sometimes they get lost in there under other ones.)
* I have a small metal cabinet with 15 little plastic drawers meant to hold screws, nuts, washers, etc. Only mine is full of buttons, snaps, needles, D rings, and lots of other sewing findings.
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Originally Posted by Kooklabell View Post
Mole Skin foot pad to mark 1/4 inch on my sewing machine. Keeps my seems really, really even
I have problems keeping 1/4 in seams. Can you show a picture of your machine where you have it placed. Maybe I can get an idea from that.
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