Tips for Organizing Machine Tools
What good is a cool tool if you can't find it? Time is money, and I don't like to waste either one. So I have forced myself to be organized. Maybe some of these tips will help you too.
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Most people think that scissors must be really sharp to be good, but quilters know that there are different scissors for different purposes. This article lists some of my favorite scissors.
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It seems that my students learn faster and more thoroughly if they use quality fabric for our longarm quilting classes. We don't have time to piece a quilt top just for our classes, so I use these fabric panels for my classes. They used to be called cheater cloth, but these are so high quality, they deserve the name of 'convenience cloth'. The designer, Renae Allen of RGA Designs even has free patterns for making projects from the quilted fabric panels.
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A couple years ago, I asked my husband to modify my stand-alone bobbin winder to include several features I thought were important. The next year, this Deluxe Sidewinder came out, and it has all my desired features - and then some! It can wind bobbins of all sizes - so it works for ALL my machines.
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Heat Press Batting Together
I don't like to piece my batting, but sometimes it can't be avoided. I found that this product really does deliver a soft, bulkless, gapless butted seam when I need to combine two pieces of batting.
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Sharpen Up the New Year!
I believe we should periodically look at the tools we use often and replace them. This is a list of items I try to replace annually.
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