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Post by Pat in Virgini » Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:23:27



1. Omni GRIP rulers of all dimensions.
2. Clover seam ripper with brown handle.
3. Olfa 45mm cutter with fl***handle
(ALSO: Chocolate and Coffee ... while those are not tools, I want them handy
when I sew.)
PAT in VA/USA



Quote:
> What 3 quilting tools can you NOT live without (excluding your machine):

> Be specific (not needles / pins unless they are SPECIFIC needles/pins --  
> you get the idea)

> for me, it is:

> 1)  a 45mm rotary cutter
> 2)  my 4" x 14" ruler
> 3)  my 8 1/2" x 24" ruler

 
 
 

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Post by Pat in Virgini » Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:24:44


Joanna: Do you use those metal rulers with rotary cutter and mat?
PAT, Nosy in ***ia


Quote:
>1 rotary cutter & mat, can't use one without the other
> 2 my L shape metal ruler from the hardware store
> 3 my metal ruler the long one, it's slightly longer then a yard

> Use all 3 all the time. In fact the only thing I think I need now is a
> bigger L shaped metal ruler. Mine is 8" on one side 12" on the other side.
> So next time I'm in the hardware store I'm going to look.
> Joanna


 
 
 

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Post by Joann » Wed, 12 Aug 2009 06:41:17


Yup, I sure do. In the beginning I would occasionally hit the ruler with
the rotary blade, very bad. Never broke one but it does wear the blade.
But I would say no more then cutting through leather or thick denim or
something. And given that I can get a 20 pack of blades pretty cheap now
a days I don't worry about it. I think though that was more of a
learning curve on the rotary cutter. Learning to keep your wrist at the
proper angel and such. And not using so much force that I was trying to
cut through the mat and table at the same time. Those rulers have helped
so much even if I had to replace the blade for every quilt I would still
consider it worth it. No way are you going to get me to part with them.
Take Care
joanna
Quote:

> Joanna: Do you use those metal rulers with rotary cutter and mat?
> PAT, Nosy in ***ia



>> 1 rotary cutter & mat, can't use one without the other
>> 2 my L shape metal ruler from the hardware store
>> 3 my metal ruler the long one, it's slightly longer then a yard

>> Use all 3 all the time. In fact the only thing I think I need now is a
>> bigger L shaped metal ruler. Mine is 8" on one side 12" on the other side.
>> So next time I'm in the hardware store I'm going to look.
>> Joanna

 
 
 

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Post by Aunt » Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:39:53



Quote:
> What 3 quilting tools can you NOT live without (excluding your machine):

> Be specific (not needles / pins unless they are SPECIFIC needles/pins -- you
> get the idea)

> for me, it is:

> 1) ?a 45mm rotary cutter
> 2) ?my 4" x 14" ruler
> 3) ?my 8 1/2" x 24" ruler

> Okay -- your turn!

> --
> Kate in MIhttp://www.FoundCollection.com/

Really had to think about this, especially w/Polly's request for
winners and bloopers thrown in!

Favorite tools:

Thimblelady S/S thimble
6 1/2 x 24 ruler
fold away cutting table (folds to approx. 6" wide so on those rare
occassions that I need to clean up the sewing room I can stash it
behind the futon).

Best personal winner so far is the folding snack tray that I can set
up next to my machine for production work.  It's large enough that I
can put a small mat w/cutter on one side for t*** and fold up a
towel to be able to press seams, etc. to continue sewing.  Since I
have the large table set up as well, I can use that for other stages
of the project at the same time and keep moving along.

And thanks to this group, I haven't wandered into too many bloopers
except the normal mis-cutting or mis-sewing of pieces!

 
 
 

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Post by was rabbit » Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:39:23


I love my little snack table, too! It's right in back of me as I sew,
and usually holding the laptop. The height is adjustable and it's one
of those that you can scoot the chair right up to/under. I don't keep
the iron there, not least because having to press gets me up every so
often!

--Heidi

http://community.webshots.com/user/rabbit2b


Quote:
> Best personal winner so far is the folding snack tray that I can set
> up next to my machine for production work.

 
 
 

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Post by Polly Esthe » Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:32:10


So glad you mentioned that.  I too have a little snack table (they used to
be called tv trays and were supposed to be used when you (gasp!) ate dinner
while watching tv.  I have one to the left of the SM table.  I'll bet John
could figure out how to make it a perfect height but it, as is, is so much
better than letting the weight of a quilt drag.  Polly



I love my little snack table, too! It's right in back of me as I sew,
and usually holding the laptop. The height is adjustable and it's one
of those that you can scoot the chair right up to/under. I don't keep
the iron there, not least because having to press gets me up every so
often!

 
 
 

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Post by Polly Esthe » Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:36:26


Martha Pullen of Sew Beautiful used to tell us that if we'd pay attention we
could avoid a lot of mistakes that she had already made for us.  Yes indeed,
Kim.  So many bloopers you can pass up because you saw it here first.  =)
Polly

"AuntK" <wrote, in part > And thanks to this group, I haven't wandered into
too many bloopers except the normal mis-cutting or mis-sewing of pieces!

 
 
 

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Post by Pat in Virgini » Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:01:22


Joanna:
Thanks for the report on use of metal rulers with rotary cutters. I learn
something new every time I log on to RCTQ! Now another question, if you
please.
How/where are you getting those blades pretty cheap?
Ta, Pat in ***ia


Quote:
> Yup, I sure do. In the beginning I would occasionally hit the ruler with
> the rotary blade, very bad. Never broke one but it does wear the blade.
> But I would say no more then cutting through leather or thick denim or
> something. And given that I can get a 20 pack of blades pretty cheap now a
> days I don't worry about it. I think though that was more of a learning
> curve on the rotary cutter. Learning to keep your wrist at the proper
> angel and such. And not using so much force that I was trying to cut
> through the mat and table at the same time. Those rulers have helped so
> much even if I had to replace the blade for every quilt I would still
> consider it worth it. No way are you going to get me to part with them.
> Take Care
> joanna


>> Joanna: Do you use those metal rulers with rotary cutter and mat?

 
 
 

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Post by Aunt » Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:29:02



Quote:
> So glad you mentioned that. ?I too have a little snack table (they used to
> be called tv trays and were supposed to be used when you (gasp!) ate dinner
> while watching tv. ?I have one to the left of the SM table. ?I'll bet John
> could figure out how to make it a perfect height but it, as is, is so much
> better than letting the weight of a quilt drag. ?Polly


> I love my little snack table, too! It's right in back of me as I sew,
> and usually holding the laptop. The height is adjustable and it's one
> of those that you can scoot the chair right up to/under. I don't keep
> the iron there, not least because having to press gets me up every so
> often!

Yes, mine is the tv tray type.  I keep mine to the right of the
machine for the quick pressing/t***.  It's pretty wobbly but gets
the job done.  My room is so small I can at least set the iron (or any
other extra implements) on my cutting table just behind me, turn,
reach and do what I need to quickly w/out having to get up and stumble
over all the 'stuff'.