Keep It Straight
When using my sewing/embroidery machine, I often switch functions and have to then switch needles. To keep track of my needles and to ensure that I use the right one, I keep a tomato-shape pincushion next to my sewing machine. In each section of the tomato, I have written in permanent marker the needle size and type so I can easily tell where to put a needle when I take it out of the machine and which one to replace it with for the current project.
Sara A. Franklin, New Jersey
I use 1/4"quilter's tape to indicate where to stop stitching my binding to a quilt top, rather than marking the place with a pin. The tape is much easier to see and I find it's more accurate. The normal beige color is good for dark fabrics and I recently found it in dark green for light fabrics.
Cindi S. Greensboro, North Carolina
To keep a binding strip tangle-free and manageable,
I loop it figure-eight style into a fist-size bundle and secure it with a rubber band. As I sew binding to the quilt, I gently pull free small sections of the bundled binding.
Marilyn F. Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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