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Thread: What tools do I need to start quilting?

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    Member Mpark's Avatar
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    I did get my new Babylock Ellure for Christmas. It is really nice in that it embroiders and sews. I also got a gift cert. from a family member to a local fabric/craft store. I know I need a rotary cutter but don't know what size. (quilt piece cutting) I don't want to go overboard, but please tell me what else I might need besides fabric, thread, and batting for pieceing the quilt and eventually machine quilting. Thanks for your help!

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    45m rotary cutter is what most use it is just the right size you should get a cutting mat I have 2 different sizes one is 36x48 the other is smaller. A ruler good size I found is 6x24. A good seam ripper and scissors.

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    Rotary cutter, rotary ruler, cutting mat, extra bobbins, seam ripper :D:D:D

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    and...
    Extra bobbins
    Thin long glass headed straight pins (If you're buying for the first time, buy the best!)
    Elmer's school glue (white) and it has to be Elmer's!
    Iron

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    Most important the largest cutting mat you can find...go to Joann's with a coupon...sign up for their newsltr and they mail it with coupons automatically...45m rotary cutter, loads of safety pins, straight pins with flat heads, seam ripper diffinately, marking pen with disappearing ink, best ruller that I use most of the time 6 1/2 by 24. a good small pair and large pair scissors
    That should be a good start.

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    you also will want to have a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 ruler that is gridded and has degree lines. I would also get a 6 1/2 square and a diamond ruler. these three are probably the most that you will use. a side from the long 24" ruler if you can find one a little longer than that is better. but the 24" is good enough to start with.

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    I'm not adding anything, you've gotten lots of suggestions already and I agree with most. I just want to wish you lots of luck and to say if you have questions, we're here. The only problem with the board is getting away long enough to actually sew!

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    an imagination and a sewing machine along with a good pair of shears and rotary cutter.

    Fabric is a must.

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    ..and some good quality pins for lining up seams and also a big bundle of patience - most of all, don't forget to have fun and enjoy the creative process!

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    Great! This will really help me when I get to the store. Thanks so much!

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    Patience and a good seam ripper!

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    Extra needles for your machine. Nothing will peeve you off more than getting in a great groove, breaking a needle and not having back up.

    Otherwise, everyone else said what I would say. :)

    Welcome and enjoy the ride! Your first quilt WILL NOT be your last. :o)

    Oh yeah, one more essential...THIS BOARD! I'm pretty new to quilting myself, but I have learned SO MUCH from this board. The wealth of knowledge is unbelievable. Use the search feature linked at the top of this screen, you can find an answer to almost any question!

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    I agree about JoAnns, google them and sign up for there sales flyer at a store. Most things will eventually go on sale at 50 or 40 % off. Thats the time to buy. I buy mostly quilt shop fabrics tho as i feel the quality is a much better grade than what joanns offers. tho they are starting to carry some better quality now. also if you join a local guild most quilt shops will give a discount if you show your membership card.

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    good luck --the best pins glass head and long [you can iron over them] largest cutting board ----6 1/2 square ruler+6 1/2x24--can cut across fabric--rotary cutter---iron+water spray bottle-- starch--mechanicle pencil[sharp thin line use softly]spare bobbins spare machine needles---seam ripper[yes you will need it]hand needles[ i like milliners/straw size 9] longer+will take beads---invest in a 1/4 inch foot for ypur machine------+fabric+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++!!!!!!!!!

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    you will never have all you need LOL

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    All of the above suggestions. Plus, a 1/4" sewing foot for your machine and also a walking foot if you can afford it or find it. Those 2 feet are my best friends. A good quality seam ripper and a sense of humor for when you make the same mistake 3 (or more) times in a row. :) Best of luck!

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