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I use empty dental floss containers to store and cut thread when I’m traveling. bTo repurpose an empty container I simply remove the empty...
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To make a sandboard for tracing on fabric, I glued a sheet of sandpaper to the lid of a metal storage clipboard. I stash my appliqué tools in...
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When I use fusible web or fusible fleece, I put a piece of parchment paper— available at the grocery store—either over or under the edge...
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I have little grandchildren around a lot. For some reason they seem to love my quilting room the most. To make sure they don’t get hurt by any...
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To keep your needle nearby when hand-sewing, add a pincushion to a thread spool. Cut a 3-1⁄2"-diameter fabric circle and turn under the...
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Don’t throw away a cracked, bent, or slightly worn cutting mat. Instead trim down the best portion of it to a square slightly larger than your...
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Are you in the market for a light box? Look no further than a dollar store where you can purchase an inexpensive clear plastic storage container and...
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I like to use a lot of steam in my iron, which means frequently refilling the water reservoir. To save time, I keep a clear plastic, squeeze-type...
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When sewing aprons, I often have to turn long, skinny tubes of fabric right side out to make ties. To make this step easier, I wrap a rubber band...
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Cookie cutters make great appliqué templates. They are sturdier than paper and come in many shapes and sizes. I place a cutter directly on the...
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To get fusible web residue off my iron, I run the warm iron over a fabric softener dryer sheet several times. The fusible residue comes right off...
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I use appliqué pins to mount wall hangings. These pins, which have white heads, are short and sharp, so they don’t...
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A recycled dish detergent bottle filled with water saves time when steam pressing. The bottle’s small spout makes it easy...
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To make a portable ironing surface, cover a wooden TV tray with heat reflective batting (such as Insul-Bright) and fabric from a...
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To make threading a needle easier, moisten the eye of the needle instead of the thread.  —Bernita Hill Fort Scott, Kansas...
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Staple an index card to the inside of your sewing machine user’s manual to record the dates when the sewing machine is...
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When changing the blade of my rotary cutter, I write “used” on the blade with a permanent marker. These blades then...
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With increased airline security, scissors usually aren’t allowed on flights. I put my spool of thread in a used, circular...
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Mini irons are great when I’m paper-piecing or doing intricate appliqué, but my holding stand never stays upright....
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My favorite stiletto is a metal nut pick that often comes with nutcracker/bowl sets. The crosshatched handle makes it easy to hold, and the slight...
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I love to do fine handwork, especially appliqué. Eyestrain is a problem if I work in bad lighting, so I purchased a ...
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Instead of chalk or a white pencil, I use fine-line washable markers to mark my quilt tops. The markers are perfectly washable...
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When using my sewing/embroidery machine, I often switch functions and have to then switch needles. To keep track of my needles and to...
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Many times the quilt pattern I want to make is found in a bound, soft-cover book, making it difficult to keep the pages open. To solve this...
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I loved the idea of a design wall but didn’t think I had space for one in my small quilting room until I hung a flannel-backed tablecloth...