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I use antique flat irons to hold fabric in place on my cutting table when I’m rotary-cutting. The old irons also help keep fabric from shifting...
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If I buy sewing machine needles that are not color coded by the manufacturer, I do it myself with a dab of nail polish on the needle shank and needle...
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In a quilting emergency (like getting to a lake cabin for a quilting retreat and discovering everyone forgot thimbles), use duct tape in place of a...
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After going to several retreats, I realized I didn’t like running back and forth between cutting tables and ironing boards so I asked my...
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Donate rarely used quilt books to your local library. You are sharing with others yet the books are available if you need them.  —...
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To prevent my ruler from slipping when I'm cutting fabric, I put several adhesive felt pads on the ruler underside. I now have fewer miscuts and...
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For a design board, I cut a piece of batting slightly larger than my closet door. When I need it, I tuck the batting piece around the door. When I...
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Because the cover of my seam ripper kept falling off, I decided to use a wine cork instead. The sharp tip of the seam ripper easily slips into the...
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When my children were younger, they often would use my good scissors as utility scissors. To stop this, I locked the handles together with a small...
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I attached a suction hook to the side of my sewing machine so I can keep a pair of small snips close at hand. Now I can find my scissors immediately...
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Once when I was stitching with my sewing group, I needed to trace appliqué patterns onto fusible web but no light box was available. I used a...
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Instead of throwing away a warped cutting mat, return it to its original shape: Leave it on the cement on a hot sunny day, and it will flatten out...
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To help me see what I am cutting when fussy-cutting squares, I use a plexiglass square template, which I had my local hardware cut for me. ...
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Sometimes it is difficult to see the hole in my machine needle, especially when I am using the walking foot. If I hold a white piece of paper or a...
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If I do not have the correct size ruler for cutting squares, I draw marks on a ruler I do have. After I have cut all the fabric, I wipe the marks off...
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When you need to draw diagonal lines on many small squares, line up four or five on the diagonal. Place your long ruler on the diagonal across the...
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I cut my leftover batting into 1"-wide strips, then roll the strips into balls. This does not require glue, pins, or sewing; I just tuck the...
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To reduce wobbling when I use a serger or a longarm sewing machine, I put empty spools inside the cone. I’ve found that the spools from several...
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I loop bright tassels through the handles of my small tools. A different color for each tool helps me identify the tools in my caddy at a glance...
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After I use a seam ripper, I place my project on a flat surface and firmly slide a pencil eraser along the seam allowance to remove the pesky little...
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"To pour water into my iron, I use a clean plastic mustard or ketchup bottle. Because the bottles have lids, I avoid spills! —Barbara...
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Cut out a piece of nonslip drawer liner and put it under your ruler when you rotary cut. The liner piece grips the ruler and prevents it from moving...
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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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