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Thread: What was your biggest waste of money?

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    What was your biggest waste of money?

    I am about to go to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Fest) in a few days. Not only does it have spectacular quilts, but the largest collection of vendors under one roof. I have read about all of the best purchases and tools quilters have obtained, but what was the one purchase you would NEVER make again?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    I bought the super slider FM thing, it just didn't work for me. I wasted my money there.

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    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.

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    All kinds of specialized rulers were a waste for me. Go with the best set of basic standard rulers including the huge square. I use about 5 all the time.

    I cannot use the Angle sheet that was supposed to help sew diagonals. I found that marking was easier for me.

    Fancy circle sewing foot. It needed an attachment for my machine so was twice as expensive. I might have used it once.

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    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.

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    I think the Pounce was my big waste. I do have rulers, but, use all of them one time or place or another except for the triangle ones. Not yet!!

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    Wow. I have several things (circle sewing foot, specialized rulers) that I've not really made good use of. I keep telling myself though that I was a smart consumer, as I bought these at "past" prices, and when I someday actually do use them they will cost more than when I bought them. Rationalization is one of my strong points .
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    Again rulers - especially the "rolling rulers". I suppose If I were to draw again they'd be useful - but not for fabric.

    Binding clips. I went back to using two long straight pins and much prefer it. Yes - they get bent, but that is why I just bought a new box of straight pins.

    Thimbles. I've tried about 5 different thimbles now and hate all of them. Have come to the conclusion that I hate thimbles and will just develop a callous on my middle finger and grow my own thimble.

    Some of the BEST purchases I made: the super size Beba cutting mat (the clear kind, not the self healing), the "Spiral Eye" needles, and I usually pick up batting at the shows because it's so cheap.
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    I echo some of the above: specialized rulers, marking pens, etc. But I think I've wasted a lot of money on books -- and some of them were a pretty price. I love to look at them and read some of the basic information, but I've hardly ever used an actual pattern in any one of them.
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    I actually like my Teflon pressing sheet. Paid about $15 for it at a local quilt store. I use it when ever I use fusible for applique.

    My DH bought me a rotary cutter that cuts circles. It's really cool and caught his attention at a quilt show and he just had to buy it for me. That was several years ago and I still have not found a project for this. I might next time I make a Dresden Plate and use it for that circle in the center - the problem is I like using fusible for that and I draw a circle on the fusible then sew it to the fabric. Oh well.

    I don like that plastic stuff you put on rulers to keep them from sliding. I did borrow a ruler one time at a class and it was a non slip ruler - really liked it so if you want to buy rulers and you have a choice between slippery and nonslippery then choose the nonslip even if it's a few dollars more.

    Make sure you take your camera - I forgot mine the last time. A quilt show has a lot of inspiring quilts and it's neat to take a picture of a quilt that has something you want to try.

    Most important - have fun. Wear comfortable shoes and carry a big tote bag with you.

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    The AccuGo I really don't care for it.

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    Rotary blade sharpeners. I've bought two of them the last one being the Orbitol Sharpener at $37.99 and they just don't work that well. They sharpen the blade somewhat but it is just not the same as a new one. Now I look for blades on sale and stock up.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    I think the accuquilt go was the most expensive item that I rarely use.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    the Alto's Cut 2, was a waste of my money.

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    Various thimbles, and rulers that are for one purpose. I have one that is supposed to be for binding and I still cant figure out how to use it.
    Sandra

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    The tool to put binding on, by martelli, I think. Can't figure out how they did it do easy!

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    Invisigrip, Angler 2, Clover Mini Iron (prefer the Clover Mini Iron II), Martelli Kwik Bind System. I wanted them thinking oh that would be great but they now all sit there never to be used again.
    I don't purchase anything anymore unless I really need it more often than not, and it has to work easily for me. I find that I can create other ways myself to do things if I can't find out how online from this board or other tutorials.

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    My "bad" purchase was Creative Feet. They seemed to work well when demonstrated but it takes practice so I gave up. the other item I got was a special cutting system, found it was more trouble then just using my ruler the old way.

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    UGH - quilt kits - the last one I bought did not give directions for rotary cutting and all the increments were 5/8s, 7/8s - for like 500 triangles!!!! It was ridiculous so if I like a pattern I now reverse engineer it and give credit to the designer after I finish the piece.

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    The supreme slider, just doesn't work for me. A waste of money.
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    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.

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    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.

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