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    Is it possible to start a "tips" thread? I'm sure there are thousand of useful quilting tips out there. Think of all we could learn. I'll start with one.
    Use an inexpensive letter/file holder from Staples or even the dollar store to hold your rulers.

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    That's so funny b/c I had almost that exact thought today myself! I think that is a great idea! I was thinking along the lines of a tip section so each tip could have it's own thread!

    My tip: When mailing only a block or two, wrap them around an empty paper towel roll so there will be no set in fold marks. I even use wrapping paper tubes to wrap my quilt tops on-even if there is still wrapping on them sometimes!

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    Great idea! I save all my lids, like coffee, ect, to make plastic templates.

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    I use one of those magnetic screw holders for car mechanics on my work/cutting table for miscellaneous pins, my pencil sharpener, etc. It "catches" the pins so that they don't end up rolling under my fabric when I am measuring and cutting. A pin cushion just didn't seem to do a good job for me...I kept missing it!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoriEl
    That's so funny b/c I had almost that exact thought today myself! I think that is a great idea! I was thinking along the lines of a tip section so each tip could have it's own thread!

    My tip: When mailing only a block or two, wrap them around an empty paper towel roll so there will be no set in fold marks. I even use wrapping paper tubes to wrap my quilt tops on-even if there is still wrapping on them sometimes!
    You can also use pool noodles.......pins will stick into as well.

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    It's been done a few times. It always seems to peter out.

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    My tip is to give in and just stop sewing at 3:00 in the morning if your eyes are watering from eye strain from sewing away all day. I say that because it is possible you might incorporate part of your clothing ensemble into your project. Ask me how I know :-)

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    GREAT IDEA!!!!! I need all of the tips I can get......Sorry too new to have any of my own tips to share

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    Use those foam thingys to keep toes apart for pedicures to hold bobbins from unrolling and it also keeps them secure

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    I glued a piece of fine grit sandpaper to a small cutting mat and use that when I'm marking small pieces for applique ... it keeps the fabric from sliding around.

    I use painters tape or masking tape to mark the lines on my ruler.

    I also use masking tape or painters tape to mark straight lines when I'm machine quilting using a walking foot.

    Susan

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    Spray shiny rulers with Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin (or equivalent) to stop glare on surface of ruler from overhead lights.

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    I had this in another place, but I think it goes better under Tips
    The way I thread my needles-----
    Cut thread, blunt cut making sure there are no wild threads.
    Hold the thread between your thumb and forefinger, now pull the thread down from the bottom until there is only a slight dot of thread showing.
    Set the eye of the needle down on the dot,
    BARELY roll your thumb and finger open while setting the eye down on the thread, now roll your thumb and finger UP, catching the thread. As you pull the thread up, you pull the needle down and I bet you the needle will be threaded. I've done it so many times I don't even have to look. lol
    No poking at the eye four or five time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaCee
    Is it possible to start a "tips" thread? I'm sure there are thousand of useful quilting tips out there. Think of all we could learn. I'll start with one.
    Use an inexpensive letter/file holder from Staples or even the dollar store to hold your rulers.
    That's what I've been using too ... mine has a couple of smaller sections that are just big enough to hold my rotary cutters by themselves, and another where I keep extra pens, and chalk markers.


    Similarily, next to the sewing machine I have one of those lazy susan desk organizer racks ... hole in centre holds large scissors and regular ruler, bins and little slanted shelves on the sides. Most everything I need at the sewing machine fits in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Spray shiny rulers with Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin (or equivalent) to stop glare on surface of ruler from overhead lights.
    Great suggestion!



    Hint wanted ...
    **How do you make the rulers/squares etc. less slippery?
    Please? and Thanks!

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    and I wet the needle, not the thread....... works slick as a whistle!
    Quote Originally Posted by ThreadHead
    I had this in another place, but I think it goes better under Tips
    The way I thread my needles-----
    Cut thread, blunt cut making sure there are no wild threads.
    Hold the thread between your thumb and forefinger, now pull the thread down from the bottom until there is only a slight dot of thread showing.
    Set the eye of the needle down on the dot,
    BARELY roll your thumb and finger open while setting the eye down on the thread, now roll your thumb and finger UP, catching the thread. As you pull the thread up, you pull the needle down and I bet you the needle will be threaded. I've done it so many times I don't even have to look. lol
    No poking at the eye four or five time.
    Syl

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    I use a mini lint roller to remove threads that are left over from having to rip out seams.

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    I keep a scrap of fleece to put cut threads on. Threads really cling to it and you can just wipe up area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Spray shiny rulers with Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin (or equivalent) to stop glare on surface of ruler from overhead lights.
    Great suggestion!



    Hint wanted ...
    **How do you make the rulers/squares etc. less slippery?
    Please? and Thanks!
    They make sandpaper dots just for this! They recommend NOT using them on silk and satin types of fabrics otherwise the dots might snag the fabric. I found them in my quilting section at Joann's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabethann
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Spray shiny rulers with Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin (or equivalent) to stop glare on surface of ruler from overhead lights.
    Great suggestion!



    Hint wanted ...
    **How do you make the rulers/squares etc. less slippery?
    Please? and Thanks!
    They make sandpaper dots just for this! They recommend NOT using them on silk and satin types of fabrics otherwise the dots might snag the fabric. I found them in my quilting section at Joann's
    I've tried the sandpaper dots, also the clear rubbery dots.
    Haven't liked them, as the sometimes make the ruler tippy, particularly around seams.

    Any other suggestions?

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    Here is a link with lots of great tips from board members. It was started a little while ago. Love all the great tips posted!
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-109077-1.htm

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    The little white canisters that bulk chewing gum comes in ... works perfect for storing "sharps" ie our rotary blades, broken needles, bent pins.

    Also, for lots of other storage purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabethann
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Spray shiny rulers with Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin (or equivalent) to stop glare on surface of ruler from overhead lights.
    Great suggestion!



    Hint wanted ...
    **How do you make the rulers/squares etc. less slippery?
    Please? and Thanks!
    They make sandpaper dots just for this! They recommend NOT using them on silk and satin types of fabrics otherwise the dots might snag the fabric. I found them in my quilting section at Joann's
    I found them at the Dollar store. ;-)

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    To make threading the needle in your sewing machine easier, put a white piece of paper behind the eye. For some reason this makes the eye stand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    To make threading the needle in your sewing machine easier, put a white piece of paper behind the eye. For some reason this makes the eye stand out.
    Thanks for this tip. I'll be trying that ASAP! I have the worse time threading thaat needle and I can't seem to get the auto threader to work for me.

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    Me, too winnytoo and ThreadHead. Everyone is always so amazed that it works like a charm!

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