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    binding clips...can't do without and a weird little item...bandage scissors I got free when in the hospital...they will give them to ya if you ask...they are so sharp and blunted on both tips, use them for everything from applique to piecing
    Retired and living in NE Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quilting View Post
    rotatory cutter?
    Rotary blades may not be allowed on plane
    The blades would be allowed in your suticase, not in your carry on.

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    Hope you get all the items you really want & need.
    J J (jbj137)

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    Alex Andersons 4 in 1 tool is a must have, plus thread thread thread
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    The best quilting notion I love, is the washable lint roller

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    Don't forget if it has metal in it, it may be difficult to get back through customs. and also any liquids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil sis View Post
    Don't forget if it has metal in it, it may be difficult to get back through customs. and also any liquids.
    As long as they're in checked luggage and not hand-carried, it's fine.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I really thiink you also need to know where to go in New York to do this. This weekend New York is closed down because of a blizzard. Tell us where you will be so we can find shops for your daughter and husband that will not be that out of the way. Most American fabric and quilt shops have the rulers you will want. Also the Needle threader is must when you are binding your quilts. Below are some links to help you decide what you may want.

    http://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/browse/23

    http://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/...ies+On+Sale%21

    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Sewing...egoryId=539589

    http://www.joann.com/sewing/


    Joanns and Hancocks are usually in every major city. One or the other. I hope this helps.

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    I would also suggest Elmer's school glue and 2 sets of fine tips for glue-basting.--From Michael's .

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    Sent you a pm....
    I would stick to fabric and maybe rotary blades...stay away from anything liquid.
    I have been know to leave some of my clothes (undies) or deoderent in the hotel garbage to make room (weight-wise) for things I want to bring home. A friend of mine who cruises once a year, brings clothes with her that she doesn't really want anylonger....she brought her daughter's bridesmaid dress for the formal evening and left it onboard, with other clothes that she would have donated otherwise.....she had more room for goodies.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Gadgets are just that, gadgets. The main things that I use are a self healing mat, a rotary cutter, and a 6 x 12 ruler. Anything past that is a gadget that I like but do not NEED. I would have him get fabric. As much as he can. Every time I see the prices that you are forced to pay I cringe. I often wonder how you can afford to quilt. Get a catalog and pick the fabrics that you like, and then he can get similar. Can you bring back color catchers? That might be something to have him get.
    Sue

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    I would not like to be without my June Tailor shape cutter. http://www.junetailor.com/shapecutvideo.htm

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    It doesn't cost a red cent. PATIENCE! That's all! Just Patience. Edie
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    I fabric is expensive in the UK, I would suggest she check out Fabric.com and select some fabric for you to have taken back for her. You can get very nice prints for $7.50 /yd on sale. Again, cheaper that LQS.

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    Second the motion for Clover Wonder Clips (red ones). Another can't do without - instead of a thimble I use *** on the soft pad of my right hand, middle finger, to help push the needle when hand quilting. I've drawn a blank on the name and no longer have the packaging. Use these all the time, they come about 20 or 24 to a package, cost about $5, please someone help and supply the name. They are very small felt circles with adhesive on one side. Wishing your family a wonderful time in NY!

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    June Tailor's Shape Cut ruler. I put other rulers away,but my shape cut ruler is always out, ready to use.

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    The product I couldn't think of before is ThimblePad. Great for those who don't like regular thimbles. Probably fabric would be the #1 thing and if you roll yardage you can squeeze it into all kinds of little corners and spaces in a suitcase.

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    A pressure canner....really? Do you realize how much they weigh? Other than unusual rulers and cool fabric, I think almos everything is available in the UK. Now that being said I love the Bendable lights that you attach to the side of the machine. I can always use more light especially with my featherweight. My clover seam ripper. Appliqué pressing sheet, and my June Tailor cut and press. Have a great time in the Big Apple and welcome to America.

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    Fabric and rotary blades.

    I don't live in the US right now but visit from time to time and this is why I bring back to Poland when I do visit. Most of the gadgets you can actually do without.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassey View Post
    Can you nget color catchers there if not they are really good to have
    I first saw color catchers when I visited Scotland a few years ago. They can get them in the UK. ASDA has them. (I think that's the name of the store.)

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    Elmers glue available in UK,Unusual fabric is not. Also those plastic holders to put 2 rulers together for long lengths. Also recently purchased from US a heavy weight cone holder as I. Have. Only seen light weight ones here.
    I definitely purchase more fabric from US. OTHER items are books not easy to purchase here.
    Look up the recent gadgets for US and look prices.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Elmers glue sticks work great and very cheap! He can get it at pretty much any store. Staples, Walmart, Target, CVS etc..Easy Press is that the spray?? if so...that is expensive. I buy it on line with a 5o percent off coupon at Joanns. Scissors - use your 50 percent off at Joanns for that also...Too bad you do not know someone in the NY area that could show them around and pick you up some of your wants.
    Quote Originally Posted by Little RoO View Post
    Ok.....let me think, things that I am interested in, and don,t have here
    Rulers, like flying geese, or anything that helps making blocks more precise. Here most shops have straight rulers but anything different is hard to get
    Fabric glues
    Easy press? Anything that will help make seams look better.
    Any scissors that are amazing, here most are fiskars....is there something better.
    Fabric I will sort...and yes I want him to bring back most of his allowance in fabric

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    Gingher scissors - they are the cadillac of scissors, last forever and I'd get both shears and snips.
    Love the binding clips
    the needle threader for hand sewing. Everyone who has seen mine wants one.

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    Check out Hancock of paducah's for their sale fabric, unbelievable, and all the other sites listed here. If you are buying in Joann's let me know by PM, maybe I can find a spare coupon number for you.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Oh, I love mine also. Mine is "the Sticky", but Joann's has something similar.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mary L Booth View Post
    The best quilting notion I love, is the washable lint roller
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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