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    Senior Member Battle Axe's Avatar
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    It was a Janome sewing machine. I forget the model number. It could have been me, or that was just a lemon but I never got along with it and the employees hated it too. We called it a boat anchor. I sold it to someone esle in a deal.

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    Quilt and embroidery software.The companies change their operating systems very quickly and render the expensive programs useless unless you pay an extra $1500 to upgrade.No one has that sort of money and my belief is that you should be able to use a program at the level you bought it at for as long as you want. Of course this conflicts with the enterprise idea.

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    Go to Office Max and buy some "Frixion" pens by Pilot! totally awesome. Marks totally disappear when heat is applied and reappear when item is placed in a freezer. I just did a huge double wedding ring quilt. to restore the marks for quilting, I placed the pressed top in the freezer overnight. To remove the marks so I'm certain they're gone, I use "Shout" spray. Works every time. Only caution: I don't use the red pen as the red doesn't completely come out in the first washing. The blue and black pens are fine. Marks come out great.

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    I purchased a repro table for my Featherweight at a quilt show. When it was delivered the workmanship was terrible! They had put clear finish over top of stain splatters, one of the hinges wouldn't work right, blemishes that looked like dust were in the finish, one of the foot guards fell off. It looked awful! I had to fight with the vendor to get them to take it back and refund my money and I still was messed over for the shipping cost one way. And that was only after I opened a dispute against them with VISA after 6 weeks of trying to negotiate with them on my own! He had the gall to email me that nowhere was it listed as a fine piece of furniture, just a sewing table! So, I would beware of any large purchase that has to be shipped unless it is a known reputable company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02 View Post
    I guess my worst purchase was the accuquilt go baby. I just could not afford to buy the dies for it. So I sold it on Cragslist. I sold my serger there too. I never used either one of these things. My biggest downfall is books, but I usually purchase them here.

    Have seen several comments on the Accuquilt Go!! I absolutely love mine!!! Use it All the time!! Never had a problem!!

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    I also love my Accuquilt Go!! It's been great fun for me to use up my scraps and make some new ones! I have been using it daily and love how it cuts. It's been a great purchase for me, just love it!!
    SEW MUCH FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharinger View Post
    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.
    Oh, yes! The Flynn Quilting Frame is useless!

    I do like my Accuquilt Go, especially for making Raggy Quilts!
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    Biggest Waste of money

    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.
    I totally agree. It takes two people to roll it through the cutter and I don't have a second person to help me.
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    I would NEVER buy again - a Rowneta iron ( they ALL drip!), a rotary mat that rotates ( I found that the mat moves too much when I cut - I just get a smaller mat and move the mat around), too many books for fat quarters ( I don't buy fat quarters anymore), or cheap fabric. I will ALWAYS buy - any ruler that Deb Tucker comes out with, a technique book - not just another pattern book, thimbles, and thread. Have fun at the show!

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    And here I thought it was only me that bought this stuff and then it just sits there i my way. i have decided to just stick with the basics and keep it simple . Saves me alot of money too. I really enjoyed reading all the threads posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    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.
    Thanks for letting me know in advance they tried to sell it to me at a show for 500.00 and I resisted - so glad I did!
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    Hmm, I am a longarmer and quilter. I love the Accuquilt Go and Altos Quiltcut 2. I use them both lots. I love the Accuquilt Go for the dies that are hard to cut such as Rob Peter Pay Paul (the same die makes many other quilts), the Rag die ( I would never make a rag quilt with out one) apple core die and many others. Alto's Quilt Cut 2 is ideal if you are doing lots of angles. I could go on for ever on the quilt patterns with angles. I have Lupus, RA, AS etc. These two cutting systems help tremendously. I use pounce and chalk markers and love them. I read the books I buy. So if you really are not going to sit down and read them, don't buy them. I have three different software that I use. Hint, I use them. So if you are not computer savvy, do not buy software that you will not understand how to use and you do not have a use for it. There are lots of patterns out there. I stick with some basic templates and when I need a specialty template, I go the our local Glass/Window store and have them make them for me. They cost about $4. So when going to a Quilt Show, decide what you have a real interest in and then check it out there. Some people may have a great use for an item and others are challenged by it or just really have no need for it. Just go and have fun and take advantage of the opportunity to learn something new.

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    I made cloths long before I ever quilted. I love my serger. I think I made most of my daughters cloths on it. T-shirts are quick and easy. It even does 1/4" seam allowances, which works great if your making a crazy quilt with a fabric that frays. Yes, you have to change to a regular machine for buttonholes and other things but I thought it one of my better buys.
    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

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    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.

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    The suction holder for rulers. It worked a couple of times and then wouldn't hold the ruler anymore.
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    Books may be something that isn't a good buy if you don't use them. I have bought most of my books on amazon so the expense isn't so bad. I have also bought books at the guild silent auctions. I usually get them for $4 or less. There have been a few times I have bought a book from one of the guild speakers after I have listened to their lecture then I have a better idea if it is a technique or design I am likely to need/use. Our guild has a book library. I will check out a book I am thinking of buying and see if it is something I really want. There have been times that I have decided not to spend the money on one for myself. My kids know about my wish list on amazon and last year for Christmas my youngest daughter bought 11 of them off amazon for a gift for me. Many of the books I like are out of print so the used ones on amazon are wonderful. I especially like the books on designing/techniques.
    I have 3 shelves of books. I have read them all and am always thumbing through them for ideas. I may never make some of them but I get ideas for colors or use part of a design to go in one of my quilts.
    My daughter got me the book, "Block Bender Quilts" by Margaret Miller. It is a technique that really intrigues me but I haven't quite figured it out yet. I need time to do it step by step and not just read how to do it.

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    When I first retired and wanted to learn to quilt, I bought a Grace Z44 Hand Quilting Frame. My husband took days to set it up. I have never, ever used it. I tried hand quilting in a hand frame instead but just couldn't get the hang of it and I didn't find it relaxing. Guess I'll try again when I get even older, but the set up frame is just a constant reminder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luana View Post
    I agree with knismith. I have too many specialized rulers that looked really good in the demo, but I never used. My other waste is marking pencils. I am still looking for the perfect pencil and it's not in my collection.
    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!
    MaryB

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    I have wanted the accuquilt go for a while now I am going to have to rethink and study it some more. I am thrilled to hear about lots of the "busts" to help me not make those mistakes I can't afford to make. I know I have bought fabric that just sits there as my stash builds and really nothing that goes together as a quilt. I have bought some dud books, but now I study them and always make something from the books I have been buying lately. Hummm, guess I learned from my scrapbook days to think and think and really do without to see if I can live without it forever. LOL
    Lisa Gibbs

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    AccueCut2 - Grace quilting frame. The first two unhandy because I don't have a place to leave it out and the same for the quilting frame. Just to big and took up to much room. Rulers, also.

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    Flip n Set Ruler. So much easier to do the math for your set in triagles when setting a quilt on point. If you need the math calculations let me know and I will post them here.
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    Go online, see if they now have a DVD instruction video.

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    round hoop thing that was supposed to make FMQ easier. Never use it. Fortunately it was not too expensive.

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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
    Check online and see if instructions have been transferred to a DVD.

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    I have really enjoyed reading this thread. There are many things that I had "wanted" to purchase but after reading some of the comments I am sure glad that I didn't waste my money. As for sergers, I love mine and it has paid for itself over and over. I will check out the "thimble lady" thimbles as I have not found one that would last very long. I found one that is leather (deer skin) with the elastic inside and a pocket with little plastic discs inside the pocket. I bought several at about 6 bucks each. I sometimes put a nickle inside the thimble and it helps to prevent the needle from going through the leather and pricking your finger. I have a hint too...I use surgical gloves and cut off the fingers for my index finger to grab the needles. It works and fits snug and doesn't fall off and can be used many time over.
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