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Thread: What was your best purchase at a show?

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    My Bernina 530-2 - at the Minnesota State Fair - in 1962.

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    I attended a workshop on string quilting and they sold Sheer Delight, I got 10 yards for $23 and they told me I could use it as a stabilazer on my embroidery machine.

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    I didn't get this at a quilt show, but it is my favorite ruler. Called the 24" ruler with adjustable locking fabric guide. Just love it, love it. Only sad thing is I picked it up one day by one day by the end and it snapped off. Still works though as the screw that holds the adjustable part held. Will see if I can't tape it back together one day. can be found at www.quiltersrule.com the most expensive ruler I have bought, but has really been worth it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    The worse thing I ever bought was my Tin Lizzie Long Arm quilter. The best thing is the Nolting Long Arm that I replaced it with after only 2 and one half years.
    Quote Originally Posted by needles3thread View Post
    I also bought a curve master foot at a show, but never haven't been able to get it to work.
    Wish I could because I love curved seams.

    If anyone knows a tutoral that will help me learn to use this foot or has any tips for me, I would
    greatly appreciate it. I did watch a live demonstration at the show.
    I googled curvemaster foot and got this link and several others.
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=iso3C...%3Diso3C-G0Q_8

    My best purchase at a quilt show is my Bernina ergonomic chair. It is bright red---my favorite color---It fits right in with my red, white and blue color scheme in my sewing studio. It is the most comfortable chair I have ever used for sewing. Everything is adjustable. I love it---when my cat lets me sit in it---He loves it too. lol
    Last edited by nstitches4u; 10-10-2012 at 10:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anicra View Post
    My best and most favorite purchase at a show was just recently. I sat down to play with a HD Sweet Sixteen. I had been looking at them on and off for a while thinking it was really not in my future. As I was finishing a trial run on this great machine, I saw my husband hand the guy a credit card and tell the guy ring it up. I was astonished as I had not really mentioned my interest in this machine. My guy just knows me well I guess as he said he could see that I was really enthralled with it. We ended up getting the demo model for a reduced price and picked it up the next day. I have been practicing and practicing my quilting on this little gem.
    Jealous! Almost bought one at last show. Have no guy with credit card. Need to find me one of them I guess. LOL

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    I bought my 2nd Elna at a quilt show. I buy patterns and some material that I can't live without.
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    I found one of those metal tiny scissors and needle tenders with the magnets on the back. I just love it! Saves me from searching for my needles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa View Post
    Several years back I purchased a ruler to cut setting triangles for a quilt that is on point. Love it. Use it frequently
    I would LOVE to have that, do you have the info about it !????

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    Good question, Jan. I bought a beautiful square solid oak quilting frame , adjustable floor model and used it a couple of times. Loved it, but now I have some physical limitations and can no longer use it. Would love to sell it to make room for my "stuff" I am trying to use up before my departure time.... I paid $425 for it and would like to redeem some of that, but doubt any one would pay that much.... It was custom made. So, It was a good buy, not like the EQ7 which I did not like or use.
    By the way, I always enjoy your posts and would love to have you for a neighbor!! You are a wise lady!! ();-)

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    My HQ 16. I love it and use it all the time. I purchased it at the Dallas quilt show 5 years ago.

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    My Big Board - I do like it a lot! It's on my ironing board ALL the time. I was not and still am not happy with the cover that I bought for it. It was cut very very skimpy.

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    I mentioned this in the post for worst purchase but I'll repeat here, my BEST purchase actually best two purchases are the Martelli Round About cutting board..it's like a brooklyn revolver only 16 in. across...it's a dream when cutting out triangles especially. And I love the Martelli rotary cutter.

    And then the prize-my Horn cutting and sewing table. I came across it at a quilt show and while it was no bargain, it was perfect for my needs and is big enough to both cut on one side and sew on the other with a sewing machine insert so I can push my machine down and out of the way if I need to spread a large piece of fabric out on the top. They no longer make the model or they made a smaller variation. I like/need the larger.

    I just bought the clover clips and I'm going to be using them often. Turned the binding on a quilt and held it with the clips...it really was nice not to draw blood as I was sewing...no pins to stick me.
    And speaking of pins...I LOVE Pinmoors!! I use them when basting my quilts instead of safety pins...fantastic product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quilting View Post
    is it quicker ripper I love mine best seam ripper ever got mine on etsy
    I bought a small clipper to use on my neck and know what???? IT WORKS FINE FOR REMOVING STITCHES. It cost approx. $10 at Freds. I absolutely love it and would have never thought of using it except for seeing someone here on the Board post a pix of the Quicker Ripper which looks almost exactly like my neck clipper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    My Euro Steam Evolution iron. Show price was $200. I love that iron. I could not have made my "Memorial to a Bridesmaid Dress" series without that iron. That fabric was a fake satin poly and you couldn't turn a regular iron up high enough to steam because it would melt the fabric and if you turned it down to the poly setting it wasn't hot enough to get a decent crease on you seams. The Euro iron puts out tons of steam but the sole plate isn't hot enough to burn anything. Awesome iron.
    This must be the iron I was debating whether to get or not at the Madison show this fall. I will be tempted to get it in Houston (if I see it there) but I will have to carry it on the plane for the trip home.
    One of the things I got in Madison last year that I really love is my quilting gloves. They are called Grabaroo's. They are purple and fit my hands so nicely and are great at gripping fabric. I want to get another pair to have on hand incase these ever wear out.

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    I bought a beautiful oak display chest with a beveled glass top. LOVE IT !!

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    What a fantastic DH.... he is definitely a keeper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anicra View Post
    My best and most favorite purchase at a show was just recently. I sat down to play with a HD Sweet Sixteen. I had been looking at them on and off for a while thinking it was really not in my future. As I was finishing a trial run on this great machine, I saw my husband hand the guy a credit card and tell the guy ring it up. I was astonished as I had not really mentioned my interest in this machine. My guy just knows me well I guess as he said he could see that I was really enthralled with it. We ended up getting the demo model for a reduced price and picked it up the next day. I have been practicing and practicing my quilting on this little gem.
    Caroline

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    The Martelli Rotary Cutter, it's ergonomic and my hand doesn't hurt so much using it when cutting fabric. Best $30.00 I spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just janet View Post
    I bought a beautiful oak display chest with a beveled glass top. LOVE IT !!
    Oohh, I eye those at every show. I'm hoping to bring one home some day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quilting View Post
    is it quicker ripper I love mine best seam ripper ever got mine on etsy
    Is this it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA_2m0ZO8EA WOW!!!

    It looks exactly like a mini trimmer I got for trimming my cock-a-poo's face. I'm going to do a little experiment with that. BRB
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    Okay. I've tried it, and the Wahl Pet Pro, which looks exactly like the device in the video I posted, works great for ripping a straight seam. Most of the time since my last post was spent finding the thing and then threading the machine and sewing a seam to test it on. It's almost as fast to unstitch as it was to stitch. I'm thrilled, because the dog was not at all fond of this thing, and I thought I'd wasted money on it. Thanks, Diannia, for mentioning it.
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    What a fun thread to read! Last year, I finally invested in a rolling Tutto sewing machine case...LOVE it! My other favorite purchase was a Yazzii travel case for all of my quilting notions. It really could double as a make-up travel case, but it has found the aforementioned use for me. It was a bit more pricey than I wanted to pay, but it is made from a very fine quality fabric inside and out and is very well constructed. I will get many years of use from it. Looking forward to attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston again in just a couple of short weeks!!!! :-)
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    So you did get the Nolting in! I just sent another private message asking how you like her. I truely hope you are happy with the Nolting.

    I am still in love with my lizzie...she just keeps forgiving me for trying new threads, different tools, lol. The fact that I had a machine prior to my TL18LS is what made the difference for me, I think. I hope it's that way for you also!

    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    The worse thing I ever bought was my Tin Lizzie Long Arm quilter. The best thing is the Nolting Long Arm that I replaced it with after only 2 and one half years.
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