Tool Tips

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Tool Tips

  1. Great suggestion in Love of Quilting. If you get any fake credit or AAA cards in the mail with your name on it, instead of throwing them away, cut the section with your name off and punch a hole on the end. Loop a ribbon through the hole to identify your scissors and tools!
  2. Save the big plastic snack containers from Costco and BJs for sewing scraps.  They are tall and not too big around so they don’t take up much space your cutting table. You can even store big ric-rack in them.
  3. I was introduced to Aurifil thread at last year’s retreat. I seem to be the last to know how wonderful the 50 wt. is for piecing. While looking online to see whether to place my spool horizontally or vertically on my machine, I discovered an astonishing bit of info. The base on the Aurifil thread is interchangeable on either end of the spool! Depending on whether your machine is an over or under the spool threading, you can pop the base off and switch ends.
  4. I talked about a new adhesive in “sprinkle” form called BoNash. They also have a great cover for your iron when using any kind of adhesives in your quilting. It is called an Iron Shoe and costs $15.99 on their website. A great way to save your iron from being gunked-up when doing fusible applique. Click here for link.
  5. A great tip from Fons & Porter for storing your rolls of stabilizers and fusibles. Save your plastic wrap and foil dispenser boxes for storing and tearing them! Use large white labels for labeling them. No more loose rolls!
  6. A ruler  for squaring up half-square triangles by Bloc_Loc. They have a groove on the diagonal to catch the center seam making your square perfect. The 6-1/2” square trims any size under that as well. They have flying geese and many other rulers too. Check out their website which has a nice video. http://www.blocloc.com/