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Thread: What was your best purchase at a show?

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    What was your best purchase at a show?

    In piggybacking off a previous thread about "worst purchase made at a show" it was suggested that we talk about what was the best purchase we've made at a quilt show.

    I bought my Bernina 1031 in the early 1990s at the International Quilt Festival in Houston on a late Sunday afternoon for a really good price. I'd been looking at them for a couple of days but waited until the dealers were nearly ready to pack it all up and go home. They didn't want to cart and move anything they didn't have to, at that point, so the deals were there to be made.

    I love this machine! It's the 1990s version of the vintage Bernina 830 (which I also have) and is still going strong after nearly 20 years. My last service on it was in February with a nationally known Bernina repair man who teaches other Bernie service people all over the U.S. He was pleased with how well kept it was and said these were great machines.

    I look for hand-dyes and other specialty fabrics at shows. Also, balls of perle cotton other than what I can buy at JoAnns (their color/weight selection is limited) which I often use for big-stitch hand quilting. And I look for John James or Richard Hemming brand English embroidery needles which have a larger eye for these perle cottons for quilting.

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    I look for all the things that are different and spend my money on things that look cool but often turn out not.lol I love unusual fabrics that I can't find in other places too. I have so much stuff I really don't need another thing, but sure love finding those unusual cool items.
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    Several years back I purchased a ruler to cut setting triangles for a quilt that is on point. Love it. Use it frequently

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    Two years ago my Pfaff Ambition sewing machine. Love it to death!

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    when i attended my first quilt show, i bought a fluorescent 6.5x24" ruler - i couldn't live without it!
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    i always look for black and white or white and black fabric that i collect. i almost never get a duplicate unless i "need" it.

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    I bought my curve master which I just love!
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    I forget what it's called but it a seam ripper that looks like a miniature hair clipper. I love that thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    I bought my curve master which I just love!
    Curve Master foot???
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    Waaaaayy back when i think about 25 yrs ago my rotary cutter, ruler and mat.
    most recently my brooklyn revolver ( a mat on a lazy susan).

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    My dreamweaver at the LA County fair a month ago,most shows I only buy fabric, nd patterns, usually nothing big.

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    My Alto's Quilt Cut 2. I wouldn't be quilting as easily without it as it is the cutting that gets to me. My hands will only do so much. I did get a good price for it.

    Also I bought my Martelli cutting mat. That thing has outlasted many other mats. It also seems to save blades.

    One of my friends was able to buy a very high end machine at the large quilt vendor show here in our Valley at a good discount because it was used at the show.

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    I've only been to one, but I found a massaging pillow that is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diannia View Post
    I forget what it's called but it a seam ripper that looks like a miniature hair clipper. I love that thing!

    Diannia
    I just got one of these, then had an opportunity to use it and it was wonderful. I just purchased two Loc-bloc templates, half square triangles and flying geese. I have used both and glad I got them. makes geese fast to make.
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    My Janome 6500 and got the Jem Gold free (great price on the 6500, too). DH now has the 6500 and I donated the Gold to a great program that teaches kids to sew -- it went to a graduate who had no machine.
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    My best purchase so far my 4in sq ruler and rotating mat.
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    My Koala cutting table with full size mat and a huge bonus box of Madeira thread. Bought it years ago at the International Quilt Festival on the last day at 4:55. I had kept the Koala booth "under surveillance " that week, lol. I don't know if they still make this model or not, but it was the bigger cutting/craft table which retailed at the time for about $1100 and is the same finish as my quilting table. The salesman accepted my offer of $300 and wheeled it to the front door for me while I ran and got my van. I remember being so pumped driving down the freeway but was a bit worried that we had enough money in the checking account. The check did not bounce and I LOVE that table. :-)

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    is it quicker ripper I love mine best seam ripper ever got mine on etsy
    Quote Originally Posted by Diannia View Post
    I forget what it's called but it a seam ripper that looks like a miniature hair clipper. I love that thing!

    Diannia

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    What a fun question! I started thinking about the items I bought over the years - mostly it is fabric because you see things that are not in the stores. But at the San Diego Show I found this wonderful spinning thread holder. It really is a piece of art - it holds 7 different colors which is great getting my embroidery picture organized. It looks a lot like a miniature of the item kids spin on - but it is tiny of course and he burns then paints an item on the bottom of the block of wood it sits on. I fell in love with it one day and went back to spend money on the second day. (If I con't stop thinking about an items, I figure I really will use it.) I bought my Accu-Quilt cutter at the Road to California show last January. Haven't really used it yet because I want to finish a few of my UFO's and put my fabric on comic books supports before doing more.

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    In August I got the Merilee's numbered quilt pins and they have made my life simplier. I no longer have to write numbers on paper or scraps of fabric to number my rows and columns of squares when I go to sew them together.

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    I'm not sure I can narrow it down to just one thing. The very top of my list is my Martelli Ergo 2000 rotary cutter. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that cutter. When I helped out at my friends quilt shop, I took my own cutter. #2 on the list is my Tutto rolling bag and serger bag. When I go to retreats if it doesn't fit into those two bags it doesn't go. I'm really surprised at how much use I get from the serger bag, I had to be talked into getting it. #3 the vibrating pillow -- although there's got to be a cheaper version. This is not so much for me, but for my husband. He's worn 2 of them out!

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    The Dublin 4 in 1 LED light and magnifier by craftlite Converts from floor model to table top to clip on and has battery adaptability. 21 LED lights surround the magnifying lens and there is no distortion.

    Elaine's goatskin leather thimbles in extra small. They are hard to find.
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    Most expensive item I love my juki sewing machine with a large throat only goes back or forwards but great for FMQ. NOw adays I spend weeks before a show looking for new gadgets or ideas to look at before a show and not spend hours wandering. Love the expectation of finding them but most of all love having a sit down and chat with new friends about their quilting and purchases, usually it is husbands I chat to they know so much about quilting.( I live on my own and rarely speak to a male).

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