Tuesday Tips & Tools

Posted By on May 23, 2017

Today I want to kick off a weekly blog on tips and/or tools which will make quilting easier. I’ve been planning to do this for a long time now and am finally getting around to it. Check back every Tuesday and learn a new quilting tip or learn about a tool. This week I want to share some everyday items that you may not have thought to use while quilting. I shared these with the retreaters at my Get-Away weekend a few weeks ago.

  1. 20170522_171426Q-Tips Cotton Swabs. Q-tips make it easy to clean the lint out of your sewing machine. The cotton swab end acts like a magnet to “grab” the lint right out of those hard to reach areas. And instead of just brushing the lint aside, it sticks right to the cotton swab. Never blow into your machine to remove lint. It creates moisture which can damage your machine and may push the lint more inside your machine. Also, after using a blue washout marker to mark your quilt for quilting, use a cotton swab dipped in water to dab over markings and remove them. This is especially helpful if you don’t want to wash your quilt yet, but need to remove the blue marks. When the quilt dries, always make sure the blue marks are gone. If not repeat until they are gone.
  2. Graphite Pencil. Lightly mark your quilt lines with a graphite pencil and it will create a light shadow to emphasize your hand quilting stitches.
  3. Post-It Notes. Use a small stack (8 – 10) of Post-It notes to mark your 1/4″ line on your sewing machine. Stick a small stack on your sewing machine in front of your pressure foot where the edge of your fabric should be for a perfect 1/4″ seam allowance. It’s removable when necessary to change a bobbin and gives you a nice “lip” to sew against assuring a perfect 1/4″ seam allowance every time.
  4. Orange Wood Manicure Sticks. A manicure stick makes a great stiletto to guide fabric through your sewing machine.
  5. Pencil Grips. Use a rubber pencil grip to put on the sharp tips of your scissors to protect the point from damage and to protect your fingers from the sharp points when you are digging your scissors out of your notions bag.

Check back every Tuesday for various tips and uses for special tools to make your quilting easier and faster.

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