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Thread: What was your biggest waste of money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    My most expensive mistake was buying a long arm table with a 9 in throat machine. Worthless. I cant afford a long arm machine so that big monster sits taking up my sewing room.
    I also have several specialty rulers I will never use like the x box.
    I know what you mean. I have a Juki with the Grace Pinnacle frame (100inches long) and it works great for quilts smaller than 80 inches ish. Anything larger and I can't change the bobbin or quilt the end of the quilt since the roll is so thick under the throat.

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    A large Steady Betty!!!! This is a board with a foam wrap and then a cover that is "sticky" to fabric--like an enhanced flannel. It certain holds items in place. The HUGE problem is the surface is so soft from the foam that the seam that you press doesn't lay down after pressing. I was pressing some HST and the top flap of the HST floated up in the air at least a few inches. Nothing presses flat at all.

    I have been pressing on a board wrapped with a folded flat sheet (so about 8 layers of a high quality cotton bed sheet) and this gives me a very nice pressed seam. I bought the Steady Betty online from JoAnns and I think the return shipping is going to be so much I might not even return it.

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    I regret the pounce pad and stencils. Great to see it demoed on dark blue fabric, but how many quilts are made with dark, dark fabric. Big waste -can't see the pattern. I only subscribe to one magazine The American Quilter Society, just look on line for ideas. I would rather buy fabric than gadgets. My books purchase that I have used for several quilts are Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2. The authors rate the difficulty and I have thoroughly enjoyed using them for quilts for several years. Going to the PIQF on Friday for inspiration and will take lots of pictures with my iPhone as just as this board isprires me, this is a place that has the WOW and AWE factor.
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    I think the most important things to ask yourself is: do I have a need for this, will I really use, will it make my life easier?
    If it is something that you have been looking for (remember this is a chance to see 100 or so quilt shops all at once) defintely go for it. As for those really cool things that they make look so easy, ask if you can try it! For instance before I would fork over the money for an altos cutting system I want to use it and for more than a cut or two. If you have a hard time let's say cutting half square triangles and they have something that makes it look easier than slicing bread - again try it, do keep in mind that it may take some practice before you get good at using any tool but you can't get a feel for I think I can do this or I don't think I will ever feel comfortable doing this.

    I agree on the speciality rulers - unless it is something that you have been dying to do or that you know you will use a lot, take the vendor name/number/name of the ruler. The last thing that I have regetted buying was a set of specialty rulers ($150) that at the time just looked so cool and I am sure that they will work great if I ever use them, they are a little out of my comfort zone so I haven't gotten there yet. I could have saved my money and kept a note and then bought them when and if I ever get around to it.

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    The Quilt Cut 2 was the biggest waste of money for me. I ended up putting it under my cutting table until I sold it on ebay. It was just useless for me. And I had been wanting one for a whole year. And the Martelli Quick Binding System.
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    The FabuMotion Fabric Mover for FMQ on my Viking Sapphire. When demo'd it made FMQ look so easy-just gliding along. Well, in three yrs I've used it a total of 3 hours (and it takes me 1/2 hr to set up). The quilting space is so small--about 8 or 9" so you're constantly moving and repositioning the quilt. It's in the box under the bed so I stub my toe on it every night going to bed--a constant reminder to "think and try out" gadgets at shows or shops more than once before buying.
    And of course, there was the special show pricing and the opened box special pricing so it was $200 less if I got it right now and not later.
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    Great thread.

    It is interesting that several people are unhappy with the same products. I have revised my personal wishlist for next years sewing show.

    Thimbles were mentioned by several people. The best thimble I ever had (yes had, I lost it), was a handmade finger sock with a leather pad. It was great. It did was not too tight, breathed (no sweaty fingertip) and worked really well for me.

    I guess there needs to be another thread (maybe there is already) of the best thing you bought at a show.

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    I'm hoping no one posts about the Electric Quilt program. I just purchased the EQ7 yesterday and can't wait to get it. I have heard a lot of caution about how it is hard to navigate and use all it's tools so I am concerned because I do not have any experience using these type of programs on the computer.

    However, if I can get comfortable with it, I think it will be a huge benefit for me. I have 2 huge book cases full of fabric and don't know how to use this fabric so I'm hoping it will help me find or create quilts that will work for the type and quantity of fabric I have.

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    This is fun to read. I love the invisagrip and the blue rotary blade sharpener. Not the same as new, but it stalls buying one for a few more times.
    My biggest regret is the cutting mat that turns. I have kept trying to use it too. Then there are many specialty rulers and books.

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    Thanks! Your comments and insights are greatly appreciated!

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    It IS funny how one person loves an item, but another doesn't... I love using Invisigrip on my rulers! It's the first thing I do... I also agree with so many of you... be careful buying specialty rulers!! Have you all tried looking at the Thimblelady thimbles? I'm not associated with her... just took a class, and LOVE the plastic thimble I bought. I'll be buying another one, just so I will always have one (I use it for hand quilting...) you can google her for more info...
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    I bought a Clover desktop needle threader - I can't get it to work - finally read the tiniest print ever and it only works with specific needles that are made by clover. So it really was a waste of $ 15.

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    The Flynn Quilting Frame. I even convinced my friend at the time to buy one also. I could have quilted the small quilt myself in the time that it took me to set up. I used mine once. She has never used hers.

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    Forgot all about the Flynn frame.
    Gave mine away.
    If we keep passing them around people will find out how bad something is without making an expensive mistake.

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    I once bought a really nice serger at a 50% discount on the last day of the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
    Never could really figure out how to thread it unless I was following the video, though I did use it one time to make a jacket of vintage barkcloth with antique buttons. But eventually, through divorce, moves, updating equipment, I lost the ability to watch video cassettes. It has became the most expensive paper weight I've ever owned.

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    I love my Angler 2. It is great, I am using it right now on a snowball quilt that would have taken me forever to mark the angles on and now I can just zip through it without marking, it is great.

    I love my Studio by accuquilt cutting system and wouldn't be without it.

    I have not used my pouncer for marking on quilts, but may in the future.
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    I would not buy the special foot to sew circular seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I once bought a really nice serger at a 50% discount on the last day of the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
    Never could really figure out how to thread it unless I was following the video, though I did use it one time to make a jacket of vintage barkcloth with antique buttons. But eventually, through divorce, moves, updating equipment, I lost the ability to watch video cassettes. It has became the most expensive paper weight I've ever owned.

    Jan in VA

    Oh yeah, that's me too. Had to have a serger. Have used it a total of an hour or two. Can't thread the darn thing. Paperweight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis View Post
    I bought a Clover desktop needle threader - I can't get it to work - finally read the tiniest print ever and it only works with specific needles that are made by clover. So it really was a waste of $ 15.
    I have three of these (one in each handwork spot) and use them all the time and I don't have any Clover needles. I love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    I bought the super slider FM thing, it just didn't work for me. I wasted my money there.
    Same here.....what a disappointment that slider was.
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    I love my accuquilt Go and The supreme slider and the gene washer. I think my biggest waste is pounce. I have a ton of ruler but only use a few. Books...I love to look through them but never have made anything from them.

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    totally agree with this one...I have never used it.
    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    Oh yeah, that's me too. Had to have a serger. Have used it a total of an hour or two. Can't thread the darn thing. Paperweight!

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    Two here: Flynn Frame (that I happily passed on to another quilter) and a Max Throat. It was a motor that was supposed to roll your quilt loaded on a smaller frame forward, so you could reach farther into the quilt. In theory, it worked well, but never on my frame with my machine. I could not even sell it as it was made for My machine on MY frame. oh well..learning curve!
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