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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Back to School Sales for Sewing Room Supplies ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Back to School Sales for Sewing Room Supplies
What school supplies to buy cheap and use for sewing.
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Date: 8/14/11 4:32 PM

I'm pouring over the Sunday back to school ads to stock up on supplies that are either available just at this time of year or are ridiculously cheap for back to school. Thank goodness that we no longer have to buy school supplies for our adult sons. Boy, I remember that some of the teachers had ridiculous ideas about what you were supposed to procure with very short notice. And, then, there is all the wasted stuff that they never use. My super cheap back to school sewing room shopping list.

white glue, I'm going to try this watered down on the edges of hard to work with fabrics

sharpies, fine and extra fine

composition notebooks, at .25 and .40, depending upon the ad, for notes re alterations, embroidery projects, etc. I used to use steno pads but can't resist these prices.

The 8 mg flash drives seem to be the best value, so far at Target and Walgreen's.

Am I missing anything? Are there any other back to school sale items that you use in the sewing room?

Sort of off topic; has anyone purchased fabric on a back to school tax holiday and received the tax break for that?

Really off topic; if you live near the coast like me, we stocked up on Ozarka spring water from Kroger today at .50 per bottle with a Kroger card.

Thanks for your ideas.

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Date: 8/14/11 4:57 PM

I just bought washable glue sticks(acid free) and Crayola washable markers. I also got my yearly supply of blackboard chalk. Love it for marking fronts and backs of fabric and all other markings on darker fabrics.

I'm also looking into 3 ring binders and those clear sheet protectors to hold my traced patterns, but haven't purchased those yet....
-- Edited on 8/14/11 5:01 PM --

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Date: 8/14/11 5:00 PM

Oooh, thank you. Do you use the glue sticks for anything sewing related? I'm new to machine embroidery too so am clueless as to what school supplies might come in handy for that.

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Date: 8/14/11 5:23 PM

Does the blackboard chalk wash right out?

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Date: 8/14/11 7:27 PM

the glue sticks are wonderful for holding pieces together..even those polys that don't press. I usually glue a sample together while I'm cutting and have scraps...then when I need it, I'll know if it discolors or distorts the fabric, but I haven't had any problems..a few things I've used them on lately was the nylon tricot for the slip and nightgowns, holding hems in place on a top, and on doll clothes. They do hold things so they don't slip.

Usually, the blackboard chalk just brushes off after several tryons..I put a large X on the wrong side of fabric and also use it for marking darts and such. Most marking pens just won't work well for me and this has been wonderful. I put a hole in the issue for the darts and just rub the chalk over it.. I figure I've saved tons of money..$4 a real marking pen vs 39 or 49 cents for a box of 12!

I read about the washabel markers, but have yet to test them..another thing to test while cutting. I figure they would be good for light colored materials. I haven't tried the colored blackboard chalk, but am planning on that.

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Date: 8/14/11 7:39 PM

Thanks for the info on everything. I've always put two straight pins on back pieces and one on front pieces. The chalk marks will be a lot quicker. It's all going on the list.

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Date: 8/14/11 9:10 PM

I saw that our State (Fl) had quite a lot of school things not included in the sales tax free weekend ( any computer supplies, even paper and calculators excluded) I was so mad that Target had everything in one area for back to school but most of it was taxable. Still I got 8GB USB sticks for $9 each. My embroidery machine needs these

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Date: 8/14/11 9:10 PM

Tape! I do a lot of altering and I need lots of scotch tape to stick pattern pieces together. I am currently ahhhh....'borrowing' DS's tape.

Crayola washables I bought last year and they are very handy. I don't fully trust them for everything yet, but they have washed out of everything so far.

Rulers and other measuring items. I saw an over sized math set at a dollar store one year at this time and I hope to find another one some day. It would be great to have a square and a few other things that I don't really need, but would use if I found them cheap.

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Date: 8/14/11 9:39 PM

All right, the list is growing. The smaller things and the 8gb USB sticks from Target. And, drum roll, the $12.00 LED goose neck desk lights from Target. One for the serger and one for the Pfaff 1229. New layout requires some lighting from behind the machines down into the throat. Keep the ideas coming! Thank you.

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Date: 8/15/11 8:51 AM

I bought several packs of 18" X 24" manilla drawing paper for free motion quilting practice. Free hand meandering and feathers are not that easy for me.

The ultra fine point sharpies are my favorite marking pen for tracing a pattern onto heavier paper like wrapping paper.

Washable crayola markers are what I use to trace the pattern lines on the fabric before cutting.

I saw a tip on a quilting board from someone who punched holes in the top of a plastic pencil box for pulling through hand quilting threads. It would be a good way to keep various hand sewing threads tidy.
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