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Date: 5/27/13 11:37 AM

As someone who is brand spanking new to sewing, I read a lot of books, magazines and blogs where cool new products are discussed. I also see lots of things at Joann which seem like they'd make sewing a lot easier. But I've already had varied experiences. There are some things I use all the time and others that I've used once or twice. I began thinking that I should ask more seasoned sewists about their experiences. It seems like there's lots to learn in this area, what with the landscape filled with both truly helpful products and lots of junk.

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Date: 5/27/13 11:52 AM

I don't buy a lot of gadgets so I can't really think of anything that I have that I wish I didn't. I do find that I have a lot of patterns and fabric that I'm not using (the infamous stash). I wish I hadn't been quite as aggressive with acquiring stuff as I was.
For some reason I fall in love with bag patterns. I've made two bags. (both came out really good) but I have about 15 bag patterns and two books of bag patterns. REALLY?????
Trust me - they won't stop making patterns. It's more fun to buy something and use it right away.
And good luck with taking this advice!!!! (No one can - we all do it).
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Date: 5/27/13 1:36 PM

The only product I think I have bought and not ever used (aside from patterns, buttons, and fabric) is liquid thread. It may be a great product, but I have never felt the need to use it. But I tend to only buy sewing tools when I have a use for them and accumulated them slowly over the past 13 years.

Now, I have regretted pattern and fabric purchases. I would advise a beginning sewer to be very thoughtful about the quality, type, and colors/patterns when purchasing fabric.

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Date: 5/27/13 1:49 PM

I've acquired too many quilting/sewing books that I never look at after first glance. There's so much information available online in the form of tutorials and videos that I find easier to learn from.
It's good to have reference books but they can quickly become outdated.

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Date: 5/27/13 2:16 PM

I can't think of anything I've purchased and not used. I do have my "stash" of fabric - but that is something I will always keep up - eventually I find something I want to make out of it But seriously - there is nothing I have purchased that I don't use - I think I try to be good about buying what I need when I need it - try being the operative word here

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Date: 5/27/13 3:03 PM

The sidewinder, which winds bobbins. It doesn't wind anywhere near as well as my machines, so was such a waste of money, but I know others swear by them.
With gadgets, I think it comes down to how you sew, like cooking or driving everyone does it a bit differently, so what works for one doesn't work for another.

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Date: 5/27/13 3:09 PM

I also recently got a dud when I bought the Simplicity Deluxe Bias and Piping Machine. I have a huge weakness for gadgets and once again fell under the spell.
It just didn't work well for me; it twisted and creased my fabrics.
Fortunately it became clear fairly quickly that it wasn't something I'd use so I returned it.

Although you didn't ask about things that worked out exceptionally well, but I thought I'd add anyway that I love, love, love my Quilter's Slidelock! For me, this is the best money I've spent on a gadget in a very long time. It's a dream come true for cutting quilt pieces.



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Date: 5/27/13 3:41 PM

I love my sidewinder!!!...I DO use the tall thread holder gizmo though...the plastic spool holder on the sidewinder is worthless. I HATE the pink bobbin buddies...threw them in the trash...got some plastic tubing at the hardware store instead.

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Date: 5/27/13 4:37 PM

This is a great thread, very good idea for a new sewist who could easily get carried away.

Although I now have it tamed (just), I bought a coverstitch because my sewing machine made such a mess of knits. I also bought a new sewing machine which sewed knits a treat.

Had I bought the new machine first, I would not have bothered with the coverstitch.

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Date: 5/27/13 5:44 PM

My regrets have mostly been inexpensive. I don't use any of the tailor's chalk or marking pencils I bought because soap slivers and washable markers (not to mention, pen, pencil and other ancient ideas - like tailor tacks) work so much better. I bought the tall thread tower because I thought my old beer mug was causing problems and/or not cool enough. I actually use the tower all the time, but hate how light it is and how easily the sections come apart. One day I will screw it onto a nice chunk of wood to make it heavier and crazy glue the sections together so I will like using it better. Oh - and I still use the beer mug all the time, too!

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