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    How many of use own a quilting notion which we use all the time and what is it??? Mine is a wooden pin cushion from a furniture shop and a magnetic saucer from my dad who used his for screws when doing woodwork.
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    That draw full of must buy notions which we use once if it was lucky and are stuck wawy for ever. i have a small wheel which is supposed to draw a 1/4inch seam. still in its wrapper.
    Also a battery operated battery winder which doesn't wind the thread tight enough.

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    I have that same battery operated bobbin winder, that doesn't work right!! :D But it does give my grand daughter something to do, when she comes to visit!! :D After she leaves, I rewind them on my machine.

    My favorite sewing item is a very old cloth pin cushion, that a friend of my Mother's made for me. It's tattered & old, but it is special to me!! My next most used item is my seam ripper. My husband gave it to me over 40 years ago & I still have need to use it quite often!! Oh, the memories!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    i am excellent at breaking seam rippers. How clever of you to keep one so long, mine may last 3 weeks.
    i must get one of those gran-daughters for mine. Difficult as i am single and 60+

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    had to have the Simplicity Rotary Strip Cutter. Useless for me. I love the Simplicity Bias Tape maker though. It irons the tape for me and I find that priceless. I love my bobbin winder. Works great for my Brother machine.

    I like the "lipped" rulers, they don't slide as much. I have a triangle ruler I rarely use, but I'm always using my 12 1/2 inch square to square up blocks.

    I love my spinning mats, I have both sizes. I have a combination pressing mat and cutting mat with handle I don't use at all. A friend ironed on the mat, now it is warped, but usable. Just not useful.

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    I have a lot of notions that I haven't used yet but they were on sale or given to me.

    I have a little square, flip up seam ripper that I love because it doesn't roll. I had a red and white one that was just almost worn out. Due to a "postage mix up" one of the ladies I mailed some fabric to in Canada sent me a "goodie post". In it (among a bunch of other things that I loved) was a brand new yellow and white seam ripper--the square kind just like the one I'd worn out!!! YEA!!
    My Ginghers are something I love, along with my rotary cutters, rulers, mats, Oh my spinning mat, love it!

    As far as ones I don't like, I don't have too many, some refillable marking pens that pull the fabric, some chalk markers that don't wash out well. That's about it.

    I have a Sidewinder that I love but I don't use the batteries, I plug mine in. The batteries just don't have enough pull.
    Also if yours isn't winding tightly enough, wrap the thread around the knob 2x and don't use batteries, plug it into the wall.

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    I bought a Clover mini iron and I think I've tried it twice - it seems too small for me. I prefer to use a travel iron that I can press down hard if I want to.

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    How about those gingher scissors. I just had to have them. The first pair disappeared while I was at work. Think my ex made off with them for something. So bought another pair.
    Afraid the kids would use them for cutting paper and cardboard with them I tucked them away and now can't find them, I know they are here somewhere. ??? Maybe I will find them while I am still interested in using them. Ha ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I bought a Clover mini iron and I think I've tried it twice - it seems too small for me. I prefer to use a travel iron that I can press down hard if I want to.
    4:45 am when I'm reading this and remembered what I forgot to buy while out shopping today. . . . . a travel iron!

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    clover iron thought I needed it but used it once and
    was a waste of money
    a lip edge ruler that I can't get a handle on
    a small apple core template that the rotary cutter won't work with( too small)

    what I love! DWR template set I am currently trying to make 3 queen size and have all my arc done!
    Industrial embroidery machine bobbin winder- purchased on ebay for like $25- winds all my bobbins quick and really full LOVE IT!

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    I cannot live without my rotary cutter. My hubby's grandma had a square plexiglass template that she would mark the fabric and then cut out the blocks with a scissors. How tedious. I cannot live without my seam ripper also.

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    The mini iron, that looks like a regular iron, it is so light that it ends up all over the place, oh well, it was very cheap so I do not feel bad. Not all notions are good ones, I probably have more, just can not think of them.

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    June Tailor shape cutter rulers. Need 700 2" squares - no problem.

    I was also lucky enough to come across a few GREAT USED full size irons - I love them.

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    I use my mini iron for Celtic applique to get those bias strips in place and for paper piecing mini quilts as those seams are tiny. Then again I don't have a travel iron!

    On the other hand, I bought the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutter, used it a couple of times, and haven't touched it since. I like my Olfa much better.

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    I have a ruler that measures 24" by 6.5 " and has a rotary cutter attached to it. Made by Fiskers. (my dh got me this for Christmas) I have a lipped ruler. I just love these

    I have a tabletop needle threader haven't gotten it to work yet.

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    The best thing I have is my sewing machine, the threader and thread cutter, I have to admit I love. Have considered changing machines, but without these two features I would have to stick with my machine. Saves so much time, especially the threader, oh my gosh....

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    Wouldn't it be WONDERFUL if some of these manufactures of the newest gadgets let US use them and give them OUR critique?? yeahhhhhhhhhh...........

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    i agree.Fabric is expensive enough without paying large amounts for notions we don't use. Mother knew best, keep it simple.

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    I love my sidewinder bobbin winder. my wonderful Pfaff quilting sewing machine that I won on our local shophop, and my rulers.

    I don't like my little bitty iron and my 12 1/2" square up ruler that I have no clue how to use.

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    I love my sewing machines and my rotary cutters. I use my Sidewinder a lot. But I do plug it in. I love my new bigger cutting mat. I have almost nothing I don't use.

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    Love the flip-top seam ripper, now if I could just figure out where it disappeared to.
    Also loved my Fiskars razor edge scissors that I put in 'a good safe place out of kids reach'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzsooz
    I love my sidewinder bobbin winder. my wonderful Pfaff quilting sewing machine that I won on our local shophop, and my rulers.

    I don't like my little bitty iron and my 12 1/2" square up ruler that I have no clue how to use.
    little bitty iron perfect to press itty bitty seams - like well, NY beauty. The 12 1/2 ruler?? Do you ever make that size blocks? Just plog that puppy on top, and you have a perfectly sized block after cutting!
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    I have to agree with quiltinghere, I love, love, love my June Tailor Shape Cut and rotary cutter. I use the ruler all the time to cut strips and squares. Also has anyone seen Billie Lauder use an eyebrow razor to un-sew? Neat idea, but I just have not been able to locate one to try. Sherry

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    The new surgical steel seam rippers are the best I have ever used. It's like unzipping a zipper on a seam, fast and no damage. They cost 1/2 what a regular seam ripper sells for. Gingher makes one that is weighted and has a full handle but expensive. I find them for about $3 with small handle and tip protector. I have lots of seam rippers and scissors of every brand. I love the thin sharp glass headed sewing pins. The big yellow head pins can't compare.
    With the Clover mini iron, it has to be brought up to temp at least four or five times before it will reach the hottest temp. After that it will heat to the hottest every time. (an electrician told me to that and he was right).
    The Sidewinder has a tension setting, different bobbins and thread take different tension setting. It's not labeled, you have to turn the knob. I opened mine and put in a big weight, now it does not tip over when opened. I also made a taller thread spool buy slipping straw over it that had a snug fit. When I find a metal tube the size I need I'll use that.
    My favorite new tool is the Go die cut machine. It's cheaper then a new sewing machine and I would buy a used thrift store sewing machine and the Go instead of a new machine and no Go.

    I love the Simplicity bias maker machine. I use it weekly. I sew my scrap strips together and make binding. The 2 1/2" straight fold tip is the one I use the most with it. I can make a strip of binding in seconds, a big roll in a few minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHayes
    I have to agree with quiltinghere, I love, love, love my June Tailor Shape Cut and rotary cutter. I use the ruler all the time to cut strips and squares. Also has anyone seen Billie Lauder use an eyebrow razor to un-sew? Neat idea, but I just have not been able to locate one to try. Sherry
    They are on the aisle with the tweezer most of the time. They come in a package of three but those aren't as sharp as the package of just one. Don't make a sawing motion with it or you will cut the fabric. I learned that lesson. They are the safest rippers to use around kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SulaBug
    My next most used item is my seam ripper. My husband gave it to me over 40 years ago & I still have need to use it quite often!! Oh, the memories!!
    :D :D :D :D
    How do you keep a ripper that long? You must not use it often or your husband also sharpens it for you....

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