Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 12 of 17 FirstFirst ... 2 11 12 13 ... LastLast
Results 276 to 300 of 422

Thread: What was your biggest waste of money?

  1. #276
    Super Member Ariannaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    in the sticks of PA
    Posts
    1,154
    Quote Originally Posted by shadoh View Post
    teflon pressing sheet,and the pounce thing for marking quilts. never used the [pounce and the teflon sheet was so stiff and then wrinkled and is useless.
    Is the Teflon pressing sheet like the applique pressing sheet? I only ask because I have both of them and use them a lot. Having said that for me they were good purchases.
    Maria
    Always be true to yourself!

  2. #277
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    I live on a farm near Fargo
    Posts
    361
    Love this thread! I always wanted a Accuquilt Go Baby and then someone donated one to our church quilters. I bought the die for the rag quilts but it was such a pain to have to clean the die after every other cut. Is the problem me? After using it for several things I am so glad I did not purchase one. I am a sucker for magazines. Now that I have my designated sewing room I took the time to pull all the quilt patterns I was interested in and place them in clear sleeves and in a 3 ring binder. Marking pens, I have a ton. I wish I could find one I loved. Thank you everyone for your comments. This has been so informative.

  3. #278
    Super Member Sandra-P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    New Mexico /Naples, Florida
    Posts
    1,365
    My serger. I am afraid that when I run out of the threads that are on it I wont be able to figure out how to rethread it so I don't use it. I also have a mid arm quilt frame and machine and since I got my Bernina with the stitch regulator I haven't used it either.
    Sandra

  4. #279
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    91
    OMG! This is my Wall of Shame! There aren't too many things here I haven't owned, and it's painful to think how much money I could have used for fabric--or donating to good causes.

    I have a Viking Designer SE and am very happy with it, but I feel guilty for never using the embroidery capabilities and 90% of the stitches. Just gave the Altos2 away after close to 10 years. I've never had any luck with rotary blade sharpeners. Max Throat (mentioned 'way earlier in this thread) was not only an expensive mistake, it actually kept me from finishing quilts for two years as I was DETERMINED to get it working (how dumb is that??).

    And then there are all the things I'm going to use "someday": PaintStiks, fabric dyes, specialized sewing feet...

  5. #280
    Super Member KalamaQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    SW Washington USA
    Posts
    2,373
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingbuddy View Post

    Got the pounce too because a friend likes hers and I read once where you can just iron it away, but mine didn't end up to be the ironing kind.

    .
    I saw this being demoed at an expo this week, they kept saying only one color was ironable over and over, I'm guessing you weren't the only one

  6. #281
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    19
    Ditto on the Clover needle threader! However - the Bohin needle threader is awesome!! It Works!! Highly recommend it if you need one ...

  7. #282
    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    9,893
    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    wow, how can anyone not love their serger? for quilting I only use it around the edges under the binding, but for all other sewing it is constant helper, and my DD and DDIL love it also and bring their projects over to use it and we sew together or occasionally the serger goes to visit (even out of state) and gets to fly back as a carry-on...that was before 9-11. So realizing just now that it is pushing 20 years old, wow, lot of good from that sale item.

    I have been wanting a Flynn Frame and have used them at show demos, think it might be just the thing for quilting the charity baby quilts......but now second guessing that.
    I have one and am in socal. Maybe we can trade?
    Anna Quilts

  8. #283
    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    9,893
    Quote Originally Posted by bigdogmom View Post
    I originally bought the pounce pad for hand quilting, but did not use. When I got my longarm it decided pounce pad would be great for marking as I go! Well, you can pounce on the design, but soon as I turn on my machine to quilt,the speed of machine makes the chalk bounce all over and you can't see design. I did end up pouncing design then marking over with wash put pen! double work. At the next big show I ask the salespeople about this "vibrating chalk off fabric" situation. She said "after rubbing stencil several times with pounce pad,spray with hairspray!" I have never tried this because all I can think of will happen is my longarm will gunk up with hairspray! So No to pounce pad!
    I really like my accuquilt. I am English paper piecing 5/8" hexagons and loved my accuquilt to cut hundreds of 2"squares. great for strips too. I've found dies on eBay cheaper but agree they are way to pricey.
    I also love the binding clips. the clover bobbin holder was waste of money! the don't stack well and fall over.
    big fan of books and magazines, but I am trying to cut down, so my sewing area doesn't look like episode of hoarders! I find flipping the pages while drinking my tea very relaxing and cheaper than therapy.
    have never used the "curve master" foot attachment. Also have the Alto Cut (original one) I bought on eBay, which has never been used.
    Have enjoyed this thread many items I have thought about discussed. And as you can read, I'm a big sucker for a flashy demonstration at a quilt show!

    *quote-At the next big show I ask the salespeople about this "vibrating chalk off fabric" situation. She said "after rubbing stencil several times with pounce pad,spray with hairspray!"


    Yes this! I was told by a business that uses a Gammill longarm to use some baby powder in cheese cloth and pounce with that over a wax paper sheet you stitch the design on, needle only. so making your own pounce and stencil. She also fixed it in place with cheap hair spray.
    Anna Quilts

  9. #284
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    1,810
    Blog Entries
    1
    Definitely my choice for my worst investment is Martelli Binding System. Second is the EQ Stitch. Unfortunately for personal reasons I have to downsize quite a bit and the EQ7 and EQ Stitch are the first on my list I am letting go.

  10. #285
    Super Member plainpat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Mid-West
    Posts
    3,823
    Blog Entries
    11
    I bought a beautiful new Berina .Has the attachment for free motion quilting,a bunch of feet. Runs like new,looks new.No wonder as it's barely been used.

    My DH had some serious health issues,then Mom & bro did the same. Was just life happening,& somewhere along the way,completely lost interest in making quilts.
    As for things I did use,books,rulers along with good cutters & mats. The Accu cut works great,a big time saver when making bed quilts using tons of strips or triangles. Pat
    Pat

  11. #286
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    2,914
    I have the Clover needle threader and I love it. (Someone else posted here that they hate it, because "it only works with Clover needles"). That' not true---it works with all needles with a round hole. If the hole is small and oval, it may not work. Be sure the hole is facing the right way. Also, the hole on many needles is larger on one side than the other, so turning it around may do the trick for needles with small holes.

  12. #287
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,423
    Clothsetter for janome machine embroidery....never used it. I can position my embroidery designs pretty easily without it.
    Sandy
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome Decor 3050 / Janome 1100D serger
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  13. #288
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bushkill, Pa
    Posts
    535
    In reading some of the other responses, I have agreed with some of them. One is marking pens, pencils or whatever. I have yet to find one that I really, really like. They all seem to have problems. I just took a hand quilting class, and the teacher uses, believe it or not, a No. 2 pencil to mark on the fabric. It comes out easily and leaves no marks. Who knew?

    The second item I would put on my list is blade sharpeners. They do not work.

    The third item on my list is scissor sharpeners. I have ruined several pairs of scissors using some of these devices that do not work. I bought one that got glowing reviews. I used it on a pair of scissors I have, and it now will not even cut paper. Why? In very, very small print it says do not use on left-handed scissors, and I bought this left-handed pair of scissors because I have a lot of trouble with scissors. Destroyed them. No more gadgets that sharpen scissors.

    If you come across a pillow with batteries that massages your back, keep on walking. Does not have a long user life.

    That's my list.

  14. #289
    Junior Member Tippysmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    176
    Those stupid binding tools for joining the ends. What's worse, I have two of them. Granted, they didn't cost that much, but I found a YouTube video that showed me a fast, EASY, way to do it.
    Also, one of those 'gripper' things with suction cups to keep your ruler from slipping.
    And, a ruler with a groove on the side to guide the matching rotary cutter. Never could get the hang of it.

  15. #290
    Senior Member CookieZenmilk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    massachusetts
    Posts
    522
    mine was the Singer 160 Limited Edition sewing machine. loud, huge, heavy and cheaply made.

  16. #291
    Senior Member CookieZenmilk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    massachusetts
    Posts
    522
    these posts are hilarious. we are so gullible. i agree with the rulers. now i just buy things i need, rather than things i want. how bout a rotary cutter with a light on it. what is that for? cutting at midnight?

  17. #292
    Super Member JNCT14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    CT New Haven County
    Posts
    1,495
    Marking pens and pencils. Ugh. Only one I found so far that works is a chalk one with the different colors from JoAnns. And even that I'm not thrilled with.

  18. #293
    Super Member moonrise's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Northwest Georgia
    Posts
    3,049
    1. I used to have (past tense) a ruler that had the rotary cutter attached to it. I think it was made by Fiskars, but I'm not 100% sure. In theory, it was an awesome idea, but in reality, it was a pain in the patootie. The stoppers on the ends kept coming off, which would allow the rotary cutter mechanism to come off the ruler. You had to really pay attention not to push the mechanism right off the end of the ruler. Eventually both stoppers got lost, and after that, the cutting mechanism fell off and got lost as well. Even before the ruler fell apart, the table under your cutting mat had to be 100% PERFECTLY smooth and level, or the cutter would miss whole sections of the fabric. It was easier just to use a regular ruler and rotary cutter.

    2. My DH bought me a set of June Tailor rulers one year for Christmas. If I remember correctly, there was a 4-1/2", a 6-1/2", a 9-1/2", and a 12-1/2" ruler in the set. The problem was that the rulers have a 1/4" border (seam allowance) around them, and the measurements start AFTER the 1/4". It's very confusing to cut specific-size fabric pieces, because you have to subtract the 1/4" to get the size you really want. They're made of a flimsier material than Omnigrid rulers are, and several times I've taken slivers out of the edges of them with my rotary cutter.
    Have a wonderful day! If you need to contact me, please use the e-mail address on my profile page. Sometimes I don't get notifications that I have a PM here. Please note that I'm usually unavailable on weekends, but I'll get back to you on Monday.

  19. #294
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sonoma County, CA
    Posts
    4,241
    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCsews2 View Post
    Second is the EQ Stitch.
    I'm with you on that! I was super excited to get it, but it's so clunky and difficult to use. Even with a Wacom drawing tablet I can't get a good tracing, yet I can trace just fine in photoshop or on real paper. I can't get appliques to work properly - can't figure out how to tell it NOT to lay a heavy border over parts that will be overlapped. Very frustrating. I've never stitched anything out of it because it always turns out terrible.

    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise View Post
    1. I used to have (past tense) a ruler that had the rotary cutter attached to it. I think it was made by Fiskars, but I'm not 100% sure. In theory, it was an awesome idea, but in reality, it was a pain in the patootie. The stoppers on the ends kept coming off, which would allow the rotary cutter mechanism to come off the ruler. You had to really pay attention not to push the mechanism right off the end of the ruler. Eventually both stoppers got lost, and after that, the cutting mechanism fell off and got lost as well. Even before the ruler fell apart, the table under your cutting mat had to be 100% PERFECTLY smooth and level, or the cutter would miss whole sections of the fabric. It was easier just to use a regular ruler and rotary cutter.
    Thanks for letting me know! My niece & nephew (9 & 13) are getting into sewing and quilting and so far I've been afraid to give them a rotary cutter to use on their own; I was thinking one of these might be a safer alternative but now I'm thinking maybe not!

  20. #295
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    ontario,canada
    Posts
    290
    Oh, those paintstiks and the class on how to use them. Never made anything but a mess with mine. Rulers, rulers and more rulers. I always fall for the magic way to make that complicated block and I usually find an easier way to make it when I spend some time looking. After i've bought the ruler of course.
    Oddly though the fabric mover which some people mentioned I consider r money well spent. It allowed me to get very comfortable moving the fabric and creating nice designs. I don't use it or the stitch regulator on my sweet sixteen but they were learning tools for me.

  21. #296
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    BC Canada
    Posts
    398
    Last year I donated a TON of quilting and knitting books to a used book store. The owner told me she didn't even have a craft section until my donations!

    I donated a lot of books to our local library. No more subscriptions and no more buying books.

  22. #297
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    BC Canada
    Posts
    398
    Quote Originally Posted by imsewnso View Post
    Last year I donated a TON of quilting and knitting books to a used book store. The owner told me she didn't even have a craft section until my donations!

    I donated a lot of books to our local library. No more subscriptions and no more buying books.
    This posted wrong. The first part is a quote from someone else. I donated to the library.

  23. #298
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    300
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl7758 View Post
    Just one comment - I see I am in good company with things that I should not have spent money on - LOL!

    I have cut way down on gadgets and expensive items. The fabric delivery truck (UPS) is my favorite item these days, just can't pass up good sales on fabric.

    I "Second that Emotion".

  24. #299
    Super Member JNCT14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    CT New Haven County
    Posts
    1,495
    Me too. Fabric, batting and thread. Replacement blades for rotary cutter. Thats it!!!!!

  25. #300
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    DC metro area
    Posts
    1,250
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post

    Thanks for letting me know! My niece & nephew (9 & 13) are getting into sewing and quilting and so far I've been afraid to give them a rotary cutter to use on their own; I was thinking one of these might be a safer alternative but now I'm thinking maybe not!
    I'm just the opposite. I really like the Fiskrs ruler/cutter combo I bought both the square and the 24" one. I have CT and I can cut a lot without pain. The table does have to be really flat.

    My waste of money was the babygo and applique dies.

Page 12 of 17 FirstFirst ... 2 11 12 13 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.