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Thread: What is your Favorite Small notion Under $5.00

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    All the above sound great but I love my 4" square ruler as well and the 6" square but not sure how much 6" costs. Every so often I lose my little ruler so now have 2 of them. The lost one will eventually show up so now I do not have to spend time hunting for it when I am doing the small blocks. I like to check my sewen squares and there are times when it does not look right before sewing and no trouble to check. The kingquilt I am working on is made up entirely of
    2 1/2 inch blocks and 4 1/2 inch blocks. The small ruler has been a life saver after I started using it regularly.

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    I love the blue rinsable markers, can never have too many of these. Love Thread Heaven, Sew Easy and my Dritze sewing and knitting guage, it has a sliding thing in the center that lets you keep your measurement and slots for marking accurately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet View Post
    A magnetic bowl for pins from an auto parts store is handy!
    I love the purple thang, but my first thought was a magnetic bowl. It is still unusual and is so wonderful for pins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by immemother View Post
    I may feel silly once I know the answer, but, what is a purple thang?
    It is a small stick like thing about the size of a large crochet hook but very different. You might describe it as a finger saver. You can use it to hold down a seam allowance as you sew over it, adjust precisely where your seam is going to be when sewing.... oh, lots of things. I quilt on my regular sewing machine and it really comes in handy then. The shape of it was obviously designed by a quilter. You can use it to push out corners until they are perfect. They are addictive. great and very inexpensive.

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    purple thang or a porkeypine (sp?) quill wraped in a fat quarter

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    A pin cushion, thread, pins, needles to name a few
    I never believe in the word can't,unless you've tried

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    My favorite thing would be: at Hobby Lobby, one package that contains a seam ripper, measuring gauge and
    a pair of the neatess scissors all for only $1.99 I have a set almost at all my machines. Then you can
    buy a small box of chocolates with the rest of the money.

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    I just got a lighted seam ripper from Keepsake Quilts and it's great and around that price. I also love my magnetic bowl and Walmart has them cheaper then the auto shop.
    Texas raised, Texas Proud

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    Red face

    Favorite ??? Most used --- Jack the ripper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie M. View Post
    I also love my purple thang, and also a curve turner I got at JoAnns. It is a white plastic tool about 5 inches long that is pointed on one end and curved on the other. I use it all the time for "finger pressing" seams. and pushing seams into submission. I also use disposable scalpels that I got at a surgical supply store for seam rippers. They are super sharp and super pointed. When they get dull, just toss them as they are only about $1.50 each. Another repurposed tool I use is bamboo skewers to hold seams together in close to the presser foot. If you accidently hit it with the needle, the skewer breaks and you toss it rather than the needle. Sometimes you can find cool stuff for under $5. Good luck.
    I have never seen a purple thang at my JoAnn's. I bought one at a LQS and paid $7. Recently found them for $3.50. $1.50 is an awsome price and even though I love mine, it wasn't worth $7. $1.50 is the right price for that little thing. I love the quilt clips to hold the binding on.

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    I love my open-eyed needles. I can tuck the shortest tail in between the quilt layers by inserting the needle, then snapping the short thread in the needle eye, then pull it through.

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    You can never have enough seam rippers. I like the new green ones (Clover, I think).

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    I've bought Purple Thangs from jhittle. It's a great little device, also seam rippers,pins, needles are always good.

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    you could put different quilt paterns on the tins at the top
    Ladyredhawk

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned one of my favorites - Glue Sticks!!!

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    I love my little wooden iron, siletto, and my seam ripper
    Sewflower

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    Thanks for some ideas as my guild party is tomorrow night. We have a 10.00 limit and I am going to Joann in the morning with a coupon. My group says a sewing related item.
    Jean in MI

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    ohhhh i want one of those !!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by carol45 View Post
    I find this little tool very useful. I got it in Joann's;
    http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?s...lerid=33733883

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    Frixion pens-they are awesome!
    It's not a stash-it's a fabric library!
    http://www.mamisquilts.com/

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    I love the long thin flowered pins and also my Clover brand seam ripper. The seam ripper is my best friend, lol.

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    Quilter's Rule Quick Rule for drawing the diagonal line on squares to make HSTs. $3 for the small one or $4 for the longer one.

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    My Needle threader and my seam ripper...LOL

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    I love my needle threader but my absolute favorite is Beeswax - I use it for threading needles, hand sewing and serger looper threading.
    Betty

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    I have two useful bits of equipment in addition to the ones listed here:

    1. Quilters Rule Quick Quarter - 1/2" x 6" Patchwork Ruler http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalo...st_Rulers.html
    This is about 3 sterling or $4.70 USD

    2. Extendable Magic Pickup Tool
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3903212485...84.m1439.l2649
    I paid 1.98 including P+P - about $3.10 USD

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    Flat pins and schmetz 80/12 sewing needles
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