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    Glue stick just made it's way onto my shopping list

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    i bought the 2/$1 ones that school kids use at walmart. they go on purple, dry clear and wash out. love 'em especially for applique.

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    Flat head pins,my 1/4" foot,walking foot & the great bobbin winder on my machine.I can do 6 bobbins in just a few mins.Superior thread,I use the cone size.
    The rotating mat & June Taylor cutting strips mat...not sure of name.A new fav is the suction handle from Harbor Freight.Keeps my fingers out of the way for only $2.50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingQueen
    This past Saturday my LQS shop had a 15% off sale on the employee favorites. They were: Heat N Bond, the rotary cutter, the Easy Angle ruler, the Quilting Puzzles and mine was the forked pins.... we sold out of the forked pins!

    The owner loves the beautiful quilting puzzles and we had a bit of a competition for sales that day. Her puzzles vs my forked pins. Every time I would demo the forked pins... they bought them!

    Try them... you will love them!
    What are forked pins? Hope this isn't a silly question!
    quilt Fork Pins - Clover originally made these fork pins to securely hold hard to handle fabrics and soft materials to prevent movement when you are trying to sew them. What a great device for quilt enthusiasts. These pins are small diameter (0.56 mm) and shaped just like a fork. They can be woven into the fabric very easily and because there are two pins in one, they are perfectly parallel in the fabric. These are great for more extacting work where thicker pins distort the fabric. They are actually made from piano wire. There are 35 pins in a snap closed box. They are approximately 2 1/4" long and thinner than the usual glass head quilt pin. If you are making quilts using velvet or velveteen, this is the pin to use. Fork pins are a good investment and handy to have around when you need extra control over your quilt fabric.

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    I really never thought about using a doorstop to tilt machine. Have to try that one.

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    My favorite tool is something called a ripper/clipper. They can be purchased at Shoppers' Rule. I have one by each machine as I usually have to rip something.

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    Took a class with Kaye England and she is a great promoter for the "Cut for the Cure" rulers. They are the best rulers I have ever used because you can actually see the edge of your fabric at various places on the placement line which enables you to have an exact cut with no guess work. There is a quarter square and half square triangle that are great for making "flying geese." They are a little "pricey" but they will never have to be replaced and there are so many different types of rulers that take the guess work out of measurements. Part of the selling price is donated for breast cancer research which is a plus for me since I lost my Mom and my aunt to breast cancer. Your LQS should have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theoldgraymare
    My bamboo stilleto, walking foot, rotary cutter and mat.

    I have always wanted to use glue stick on seams, but was afraid it would gum up the needle. Thanks for the info!
    I loved the bamboo stilleto until I tried the metal one. Love, love, love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    Sharp rotary blades and the Easy Square Jr. http://www.createforless.com/Wrights.../pid67797.aspx It works so nicely for squaring up small blocks.

    And I wish I could afford to change my rotary blade every day. It makes all the difference to cut with something sharp and effortless. I want it to cut through like soft "buttah." Through six layers! Is that asking too much?!
    If you have a Northern Tool in your area, they have the rotary cutters for carpet and the replacement blades are much cheaper than the name brand blades. I have not used them, but all the posts I have seen on them say that they work great.

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    my favorite gadgets would be rotary cutters, ALL rulers, and a little fellow, i don't know his name, that fits with 2 pencils, side by side, that makes a 1/4 in. seam allowence. i'm always makin things smaller or larger.. i can't find this anymore, so if you have
    seen them for sale, please let me know...thanks for this post!!!! molly

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    You can purchase a hemostat at Harbor Freight. My DH bought one from there. I don't know what he uses it for but occasionally I use it when I have paper caught in my paper shredder.

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    Reading thru the posts the only thing I didn't see is to be sure you use the WHITE glue sticks and not the colored ones. The dye in the colored ones will distort the fabric and if you accidently go over the quarter inch you may not be happy with the results. When Walmart had the back to school area all of the glue sticks were colored....buyer beware. I do use it for applique..works great for holding things in place and no oweeees.

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    Absolutely love June Tailors shape cutter for cutting strips perfectly. Fork pins are awesome too!!

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    I have all the gadgets and notions. If it's new and different I'll try it out.
    My favorite tools now are
    1. Go die cut machine
    2. Simplicity Bias Tape Machine
    3. EQ7 and Foundation Factory
    4. Inklingo

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    My Clover stilletto and it works for ripping too. Creative Grids 4"x8" ruler is second. I seem to always grab it instead of the others.

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    I Love them ALL Please dont make me choose!!!! LOL :lol: :lol: Ok if I have to Rotary Cutters and Mats

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    I like my magnet want dont have to stoop over. I also use tic tac boxes to hold a bobbin of thread when I am binding a quilt so I don't loose it. Also store needles in them and put the size on top don't have to look far.

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    My favorite items are: rotary cutter, ruler, 1/4" foot & a sewing machine with needle up & down & moveable needle positions. Makes live easier to do quilts, table runners & etc.

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    Rotary cuttter and 1/4 inch pressor foot and maarking chalk--makes life a lot easier

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    interesting -I'll have to try that
    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    OK. I was doing a bargello in the class and she gave us each a glue stick and instead of pinning, we dabbed a little glue on the seam all the way across, then when we matched the other piece all we did was give it a little push and they locked together. Then when we sewed the fabric worked itself in and each seam lined up perfectly. My bargello seams all matched. Amazingly so. Learn a lot by taking classes. Thanks for sharing. The glue just disappears into lalaland and does not gum up your machine. Since then, I have noticed the glue stick in lots of others tools of the quilt trade. Any brand is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter64779
    I like my magnet want dont have to stoop over. I also use tic tac boxes to hold a bobbin of thread when I am binding a quilt so I don't loose it. Also store needles in them and put the size on top don't have to look far.
    Great idea...I need a system to keep track of needles better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Let's see, I love my rotary cutting board that goes in circles, and I love my light that is attached to the side of my machine so I can see better, and I love my glue sticks for getting the seams to line up perfectly, a trick I learned in a class. This is great. I know I have more favrotites but these are first. ANd I love the Sewing machine lifter my DH made me. Makes it so much better n my back not to have to lean up so far. Thank you.
    what do you mean--glue sticks for getting the sems to line up perfectly??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homespun
    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Let's see, I love my rotary cutting board that goes in circles, and I love my light that is attached to the side of my machine so I can see better, and I love my glue sticks for getting the seams to line up perfectly, a trick I learned in a class. This is great. I know I have more favrotites but these are first. ANd I love the Sewing machine lifter my DH made me. Makes it so much better n my back not to have to lean up so far. Thank you.
    what do you mean--glue sticks for getting the sems to line up perfectly??
    Forget it; I kept reading and see what you mean now!!!

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    I was going to mention the june taylor shape cutter, but someone already did. I have trouble cutting my strips, this has helped me and is so fast. I love the darn thing.

    Rita

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have all the gadgets and notions. If it's new and different I'll try it out.
    My favorite tools now are
    1. Go die cut machine
    2. Simplicity Bias Tape Machine
    3. EQ7 and Foundation Factory
    4. Inklingo
    I really don't get out much!!! Can you tell me what #4 is? I even looked online and I just don't "get it" - how do you use them? Thanks. :?

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