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    What are your favorite tools?

    I am just starting out and have found a few tools that have quickly become my favorites, and am still discovering things. What are yours?

    My favorites:

    Shape Cut Pro slotted ruler
    GrabbIt magnetic pin cushion
    Seam-Fix seam ripper

    and then of course the essential rotary cutter and mat, but that goes without saying

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    I have a very small pair of scissors...not sure who makes them but I got them at the LQS. The blades are about an inch and a half to two inches long and the handles are black. They are sharp all the way to the point. I love them so much I have three or four pair placed strategically around the house. Absolutely essential!

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    My Brother 1500, and I'm only half joking. I love this machine!
    Kai scissors in 3 sizes.
    John James needles.
    Clover perfect fit leather thimbles.
    Elmer's washable school glue, liquid and stick.
    Alex Anderson's 4-in-1 seam ripper tool.
    Olfa frosted rulers.
    Ikea bendable LED desk lamp.
    Niagra non-aerosol spray starch.
    Both parchment and freezer paper.
    Heat-resistant template plastic for applique.
    Superior's Bottom Line thread.
    And my design wall, which is simply W&N cotton batting tacked to the wall.

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    A rotary cutter, with an O'lipfa ruler for the mat.
    Singer 201 for piecing
    https://quiltdasher.blogspot.com

    I like to make lists. I also like to leave them laying on my sewing table and then guess what's on the list while at the fabric store. Fun game.

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    Lets see my olfa cutting matt, my june taylor cutting matt- that I cant do without!, good rotary cutter, ,good seam ripper, my ott light!, my large purse shaped pin cushion a qb member made for me! This board- its a wealth of info and support! :-)

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    Grip strips for rulers. Best thing I've found to prevent slipping
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    My rotary cutter& mat , and then starch!

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    I'm with Peckish...Love my Brother 1500,
    Accuquilt Go,
    Best Press,
    Sharpies,
    Blue Painters Tape,
    Parchment and freezer paper,
    Teflon square-sheet for ironing,
    snip-it thread cutters,
    Gingers
    Dental tool #35 for removing stitches.
    Polypropylene sheets for art quilts (and Photoshop!),
    The steel bowls with a magnet on the bottom for pins (from discount stores and Autozone type places)...
    ....I'd get that $99 thimble if I weren't on a budget!!

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    I absolutely love the Clover extra fine patchwork pins I bought after reading rave reviews on QB. I feel so spoiled every time I use them, lol.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    I'm with Peckish...Love my Brother 1500,
    Accuquilt Go,
    Best Press,
    Sharpies,
    Blue Painters Tape,
    Parchment and freezer paper,
    Teflon square-sheet for ironing,
    snip-it thread cutters,
    Gingers
    Dental tool #35 for removing stitches.
    Polypropylene sheets for art quilts (and Photoshop!),
    The steel bowls with a magnet on the bottom for pins (from discount stores and Autozone type places)...
    ....I'd get that $99 thimble if I weren't on a budget!!

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    My new favourite are these little thread snips. I don't think you can tell by the picture but the blades are curved so I can snip threads close to the fabric without worrying about catching the fabric. LOVE them!
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    The biggest surprise when I picked up quilting again after 20+ years is how much I use my hand me down (DH wanted the latest and greatest) iPad. I use it (in the order I started using it):
    -yahoo group to learn more about my new sewing machine
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    -shopping

    Great question. I'm enjoying this thread.
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    O'Lipfa rulers, Quilter's Rule rulers, gloves with dots for FMQ, long tweezers, soap chips for marking, old GE iron, extra fine pins, wall paper brush to brush off cutting mat, and, of course, the rotary cutters and mats.

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    I love my battery operated mustache trimmer! It takes all my seams out when I make a major mistake! Much better than a seam ripper
    Patski
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    My favorite tools for the moment!

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    I have the Shape Cut Pro slotted ruler and I love it. I am a very clumsy person and I am a little nervous using the rotary cutter by itself. You just put your rotary cutter through the slots and I love the way it squares your fabric, so quick and easy. I am very new to quilting, as a matter of fact I am still working on my first quilt, lol

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    So what do you guys use parchment and freezer paper for? Is it an alternative to the quilting tissue you trace a design on? I haven't tried quilting tissue/paper yet... just getting ready to do my first practice FMQ.

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    Quilt In A Day triangle square up ruler. ONE CUT to square up.
    Free quilting patterns.
    Jennie Doan videos and Quilting Quickly magazines.

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    No. 1 favorite is my Accuquilt Go.
    Batting scissors
    Large Steady Betty
    Olfa Large Fold Away (love this thing!)
    Clapper for perfectly flat seams
    Pinmoors
    Hera marker (many uses)
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    A little tool first used by auto mechanics to retrieve small things dropped in the engine area of cars they are working on. . It is a magnet on a telescoping wand. I have noticed them at Joanns in the quilt notion section also. It enables me to pick up pins and needles off of the floor without my having to even bend down. I pin baste with open safety pins so I end up with many of them on the floor when I am machine quilting. Leaving them open is a lot easier on my hands and allows them to fall free if I forget to remove them.

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    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I am sorry to say everthing in my sewing room!

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    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by romille View Post
    So what do you guys use parchment and freezer paper for? Is it an alternative to the quilting tissue you trace a design on? I haven't tried quilting tissue/paper yet... just getting ready to do my first practice FMQ.
    Parchment is non-stick and won't burn. It's fabulous when you're using fusible web because the fusible won't stick to it. It's cheap and available at any grocery store. I'll put a piece of it on my ironing board, then put my applique shapes on that, then another piece of parchment on top. The parchment sandwich will protect both my iron and the board from fusible web goofs. Parchment is the same paper backing that fusible web comes on when you purchase it.

    Freezer paper (also cheap and available at grocery stores) is great because you can draw on one side, and the other side will stick to fabric when you iron it. I use it for applique shapes and patterns. I actually use it for garment sewing also; I draw or trace the pattern pieces onto freezer paper, iron it to the fabric, then cut. No pinning necessary. If I'm out of heat-resistant template plastic, I can make a template by gluing 2 pieces of freezer paper (shiny side out) to some cardstock, cutting it in the desired shape, and now I have a template I can use for pressing the seam allowances under on my appliques.

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    Knitette,


    I need one of those. I had the F&P one that held a seam ripper upright but that was an accident waiting to happen in my sewing room.
    Got fabric?

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