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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem View Post
    I have now purchased 2 Brother sewing machines with 80 or more built in stitches. I love the automatic needle threader and the push button on/off so I don't have to use the pedal to sew. My compliant is that the first one had the motor freeze up after 2 years. I took it back to Costco and they replaced it (thankfully!) and now 2 years later my Brother is beginning to make a grinding sound. I just don't think they are made for heavy duty sewing. I can't find anyone that works on them.

    I'm replacing it with the $500 Viking that has the same features but fewer stitches. I use very few decorative stitches and I trust the Viking quality.

    I love the Accuquilt Go! but I have arthritis and it really helps with cutting.

    I don't like Pounce, The Simplicity strip cutter/ or the June Tailor strip template.

    My Grace frame for hand quilting was a huge waste of money.
    I like my Bernina just for that reason. It is a workhorse and is made of all metal gears and is very heavy. I never have a problem with hemming jeans, etc. If you could ever afford one, it would be well worth your money. I have two...a 1260 and an Artista 165 w/embroidery attachment. Love them both!
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    My husband insisted on buying the AccuGo. Used it to make one quilt and probably won't use it again unless it's for cutting strips. I really like it for that one thing.
    I'm sorry to hear you don't like it, because it is the single greatest tool in my sewing room! I can cut an entire quilt out in 30 minutes with the Accuquilt! Perhaps you haven't used it enough to get cofortable with it. It IS a bit stiff when you first use it, but it loosens up after a few cuts.

    I agree that it's great for cutting strips, but my favorite use if HSTs. I put the 2 fabrics I'm using RST - then I just pick them up and sew. No matching, and they're perfect!

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    Buying specialize rulers .. Still use my favorites ...

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    Where do I begin? Oh - the Accu quilt Go, takes too much time to lay out the fabric to reduce waste, maybe if I ever do an applique quilt it would save time. Then there are the bobbin washers, I end up dropping the bobbins when I put them on or take them off. Quilt clips to roll up the quilt to keep it off the floor when hand quilting. By the way, I love my Pounce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    I have an Accuquilt Go Baby that I have tried to use twice and I just don't like it. I definitely would not buy this too again.
    Twice is not enough! Really! It's a bit stiff at first. You need to use it for about 30 minutes before the stiffness goes away. Please read my previous note.

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    Hi everyone - I have just spent about 15 minutes of pure pleasure reading these posts!!!! And LAUGHING!!!! I feel SO MUCH BETTER about all the crap (Creative Resources And Products) I've bought! Let's see .... the Flynn frame - just eventually threw it out. The Fabric Motion mover thing - gave it away, I think. The "ergonomic" rotary cutter by Martelli - nothing ergonomic about it for me! Rulers galore. Books that I've purchased ... TWICE ... because they put on a new cover!!!!! Pins that are so thick you could tenderize meat with them!!!! Etc., etc., etc.
    Now, for what I DO like - I do like the Accuquilt. I think it takes some practice, and as for the "waste," I keep most of that and make fun quilts where I just sew all sorts of strips together and turn them into houses, for example. The turning mat - I LOVE! I have the Olfa, the smaller one (sort of wish I had gotten the bigger one ... but I won't! !!!!!). It is great for squaring up blocks. And I LOVE EQ - it is a fantastic program. Quilting University online offers classes in it. They are helpful, but I think it is mostly a question of getting familiar with the program. I do have FLORIANI software, and they DO do free updates - I think it is worth it if you enjoy embroidery because you will never fall short.
    Phew!!!!!!
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    I honestly don't have any bad purchases. I'll tell you something I absolutely love so much that I have bought these items for my friend. Martelli's non-slip strip ruler and their ergonomically correct rotary cutter. This 24" x 6" Strip Ruler allows you to cut accurate strips in multiple widths. You can cut bindings, borders, or strips for many quilt patterns like the Log Cabin. Works only with their Ergo Rotary Cutter. Size of Strips 1/2 to 5 1/4, 1/2", 3/4", 1 5/8", 2 1/4", 2 1/2", 2 5/8", 3", 3 1/4. They carry cutters for right and left handed quilters. I no longer strips cut the wrong size and no more "V's." These are excellent quilter tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Magazines and books. I love to look at them, ponder, drink coffee and dream. Besides the Dear Jane book (at 42 blocks in threes now) and a halloween pattern (Any witch way) I have yet to make anything else. I have recently given my mother in law about 50 magazines that I have collected over the past 6 years. There are a few magazines (like the 100 block volumes) that I can't get rid of even though I haven't made a block out of the 5 volumes out there.
    I wouldn't consider them a waste of money if you love to relax looking at them. I'd call them a cheap form of therapy.
    That being said, I am cancelling two of my quilting mags. to cut down on the clutter around here. Only keeping my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nstitches4u View Post
    Is your cutting mat the Olfa rotating mat? I have one and didn't like it because it was hard to turn. I read somewhere (maybe on this board) that if you turn the base over, it works better. It really does. One side of the base is kind of rubbery and the other side is smooth. The smooth side lets the mat turn. I use it all the time now.
    thanks for that tip - will try it!

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    I love my AccuQuilt Go. One of my best investments. I don't use it often but when I do it is a time saver and I love the accuracy of the cuts. I buy my blades at Harbor Freight. For less than a dollar a blade I believe I have had only one bad blade. As for books, unless I am taking a class that requires a purchase I check them out from my library. You would be amazed at the selection. Some include the pattern templates. I have made several Amy Butler bags. If I need I just renew my check out or request it again. I have EQ6 upgraded to EQ7 and love it. I did download Rhonda's lessons and am working my way through them. I love importing fabric lines from Moda to create my quilts. Usually if I hate something it is user error. I do like the feedback here and will consider my purchases in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    My biggest wAste has not been mentioned I think. It is the calculator that works out fabric lengths to buy for a pattern . By the time I've fiddled I have done it in my head. It takes a brain surgeon to understand it.
    Then I must be a brain surgeon - I love mine. I'm math challenged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam H View Post
    I don't understand why people don't like the June Tailor Shape Cut. I love mine. Especially for cutting binding strips.
    I have not used my pounce powder yet but I saw it in a video used with a sponge paint brush. You don't pounce it or bounce it, just slide the paint brush over your stencil. Seems like it should be fine even if you do have asthma.
    Yes, you do just rub it over the stencil. I recently used mine to mark placement of applique when I needed four BIG blocks all the same. Only drawback I see is that it brushes off rather quickly. If I were doing a large quilt I would only do a small portion at a time.
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    You know, after reading all these comments, I am amazed at how many of these "duds" I've bought myself! Call me "sucker"!

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    As mentioned previously - mine is rulers I keep on using the same one yet have a vast collection and marking pens


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    Fortunately I haven't made any really pricey boo-boos. I've never been to a quilt show so have yet to fall prey to the old "they made it look so easy" schtick. One thing I bought was a specialty foot to sew circles and flowers. I used it once. It's now in its box pushed to the back of a drawer where there is a knothole in the wood. It works very nicely to keep other things from falling out of the drawer. It cost less than $20, so no huge loss. I do spend money on books that I never actually make quilts from, but I always buy them cheap and if they even inspire me, then they have served their purpose. Nowadays I do tend to buy more books that actually teach techniques than those that are just collections of patterns. One other thing that turned out to be not so hot was some kind of ergonomic rotary cutter my DH bought for me. It was made by True Cut and was supposed to be designed for folks with carpal tunnel. But the way my hand fits over the cutter makes it almost impossible to see what I'm cutting and the angle was awkward so I would up having to press down a lot harder to get it to cut, which just made my wrists hurt in other places. It's hanging on a hook in my sewing room gathering dust.

    I am curious which kind of rotary blade sharpeners have gotten the most complaints. I bought one years ago that is a hassle to use because you have to take the blade out of the cutter, sharpen it, then reassemble the cutter before you can test to see if its sharpened enough. If you have to do this several times before you get it sharp enough, it's a royal pain. And it only works on 45mm blades, the one I use most is a 65mm. Again it was not terribly expensive so no great loss. Then a few months ago I bought a linear sharpener from the Grace Company that works on any size blade and virtually any brand of cutter. I absolutely love it. You leave the blade in the cutter to sharpen it. It now sits on my table right next to my cutting mat and I use it all the time when my blade starts to get a little dull. It won't make a blade last forever, but it sure extends their useful life!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb44662 View Post
    As for the marking pencils...I have a couple of many kinds but still haven't found a really good one yet. I just use the dressmakers chalk and a regular #2 pencil for the light colors. I have pretty much gotten use out of all the machines/gagets that I have bought.

    If you ever find the right marking pen, please pass on the word. Thanks!
    Me too.....I am just giving up and sticking with soap slivers, or chalk and ordinary pencils...When will I learn. At least they don't cost too much.

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    After reading the posts, I would say all of the above except the go baby. I have had the studio (heavy, takes quite a bit of space, more expensive dies). I love my little go baby for special items like flowers, circles, robbing peter to pay paul (can't think of the other name). Basic squares and half square triangles etc. I use those to build my stash precuts.
    I think my vote goes for speciality rulers. The only specialty ruler I use ALL the time is the salem one for perfect right angles It folds up and has long legs to put along the fold line for getting a perfect straight edge. Sorry I don't remember the name of it. Costs around $30 and worth every penny.
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    i've loved reading the comments here! i need to admit...i bought a flynn frame and have never used it (but bought it on craigs list for 75-) and i did buy an altos quilt cut two-used from another quilter on a newsgroup. BUT, i have to say i LOVE the quilt cut 2....so to me, it's been worth the money. I also recently bought the big rectangular bebas rotating cutting mat. only used it once so far,,,,so we'll see how that goes.

    I also love buying books and magazines. If it provides inspiration, and for me, stress relief in looking at pretty pictures ...i'm all for it!

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    I have so enjoyed reading this thread. What staggers me is the number of items mentioned that I have never seen or heard of! I had to look up things like June Taylor, Flynn Frame, etc to see what you were all talking about. Perhaps it is because we don't have large chains of speciality stores like Joanns or Hancocks here in the UK, that we don't see these kinds of products here. Or maybe that because our quilting shows are much smaller, large American companies don't think it is worth coming over to promote their products.

    To be very honest, I am not impressed with gadgets and slick marketing. I will only buy something that I can try out for myself, and any promoter at a show or trade fair that won't let me try it out on the stand, doesn't get much of my time, sympathy or money, but gets my suspicious mind working: WHY can't I try it out? - what is wrong with it? - won't it work when I get it home?, etc, etc.

    The AccuQuilt system is a good case in point. I use a Sizzix machine for other things, and quickly worked out that Sizzix dies will cut fabric too. The AccuQuilt dies are obviously designed with cutting shapes for sewing in mind: I took two of my sizzix dies with me to a show to compare the width and size of the Accuquilt dies. The demonstrator told me that I couldn't try it out on the stand with my own dies, unless I bought a cutting machine. As I (and several others) were drifting away, she caught me and whispered that I could use the Accuquilt dies in my Sizzix, just not to tell anyone at the show as she was trying to sell as many as she could: I now just buy the dies I want (dresden plate, Jack and Jill, tumbling blocks, hexagon) and use them in my exisiting system.

    I tried out the Simplicity binding machine which I had a fancy to buy, at a show recently, and just fell about the place laughing. I managed to break the demonstration model - complete waste of time and money in my opinion. I much rather do it with an iron - a little more slowly perhaps, but more accurate than the machine, which needed repressing afterwards as it didn't really press the creases tightly.

    The only really big waste of money I can think of that has got to me, is purchasing fat quarters. I wish someone had told me not to bother with this way of purchasing fabric - it is not accurate or cost effective. I purchase fabric where I can see it being cut in front of me, so that I know it is accurately cut, and I buy the quantity I need.

    The most useful tool I ever bought was a telescopic magnetised wand - used initially by my husband at work for picking up small screws, etc, but invaluable for picking up pins off the carpet without bending your knees. Wonderful!
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    I have several lint rollers I bought in bulk at a Wholesale club. I use one all the in my sewing room.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teresa 54 View Post
    I use my Accuquilt go all the time, and many of the items listed above. The one thing I purchased that was such a waste of money was the roller lint remover on a long handle for quilts. What I hate about it, is when you want to delint it, you have to wash it, you cant use it again until it dries! Well, that doesn't make sense, it would take me 20 swigs to get all the lint off!

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    Watch for a refurbished Grand Quilter (18 inch) if you purchased a Gracie Queen Frame.

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    Definitely love my Accuquilt Go. Had to make 640 1 inch finished half square triangles and this machine cut them all out in a half hour. The next quilt called for 161 1 and 1/2 inch strips -- all done in 15 minutes. I love it but wish the dies were cheaper. Love the 2 1/2 strip cutter for binding. Always accurate.

    Now for the big wastes of $$$$$ - Surprised no one said fabric. Have at least 1000 yards I know I'll never use but the price was so cheap. Also the Martello ergonomic cutter and binding system and Flynn Frame. Also loads of books and rulers. Now that I'm retired I'm less inclined to splurge. I do love kits but have way too many of them. Sell them at my guild's annual rummage sale. Also a couple of years ago, there was a slider called CPA where you had to cut a square out of the center where your throat plate was. Never worked right.

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    I bought one of those "fancy" feet that allows you to sew tight curves without a ton of pins. It should have said in the directions that the best use for this is... to "gift" it to someone else.

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    My worst purchase was a horseshoe shaped thing for free motion quilting, It had foam on the bottom that was supposed to grip the fabric, but it just slides.

    Also Jacquard brand fabric sheets for printing. You can't see the directions until after you buy, as they are sealed inside the package. The fabric sheets have to be DRY CLEANED!!!?!! after you've printed on them. Who dry cleans a quilt?

    Someone mentioned EQ7. I haven't used mine much, but it wasn't difficult to learn. The tutorials for ver 7 were much better than those for earlier versions.

    Also Flynn frame. Haven't used that much either, but I wouldn't call it a waste yet. Used mostly for baby quilts, where it's not too difficult to get the quilt sandwiched. And I did have trouble with needles breaking. The 10' electrical conduit i bought to do king size quilts was a waste, unless i finally use it. I'm thinking more and more about QAYG, since I have trouble handling the bigger quilts anyway.
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    I like this idea because we have a show coming up in February. I go mainly to just be amazed by the quilts. My main item is different patterns and tips.
    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith View Post
    hmmmm....
    I have learned to REALLY consider a specialized ruler of any kind before buying. I have so many that I haven't even used. So now when I am at shows, I ask for the business card, write the booth number and name/description of what I think I want. After the shopping part of the show, if I really want it, I go back. If I am not sure, then I don't buy it. I do, however, still have their info in case I change my mind after I get home.

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