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Date: 7/16/13 12:44 PM

Hope this suggestion helps sewers as much as it helps me.
I bought the "dental Pack" at the drug store where the dental stuff is.it comes with a mirror and 2 picks.
The sharpest hook is what I keep at my sewing machine. When you have to pull up the bottom thread and you just have a little loop, hook it with this pick into the the loop, and it comes right up . When sewing I always bring up the bottom thread that way it dose not snaggle under my work. It also helps when you use the threader for the needle and get a small loop, I insert my pick and pull the thread thru.
Here's to notions!.

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Date: 7/16/13 1:43 PM

Every time I buy a pack of orange sticks for manicures, I put one next to my sewing machine.

It's a great point turner. Also the beveled edge is "grabby" and works to position something near or under the presser foot (picture holding down a stubborn gathered piece of fabric).

I find it really handy.

I don't use a ton of notions. Pins, needles, tape measure, hem gauge and my pressing tools are just about it (good scissors and shears are a given).

I keep pencils, sharpener, tracing paper, rulers, French curve, and a flexible rule all together in a box for tracing patterns. I want an SA ruler for adding seam allowances.

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Date: 7/16/13 5:58 PM

Purple Thang...gotta have it around my neck when I sew.
Yikes my first link messed up...here is the one to Amazon...hope it doesn't morph second try to Amazon purple thang
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Date: 7/16/13 7:33 PM

Thread snips. I have a pair of Fiskar shears that have lasted me 30+ years, partially because I keep them hidden away in a sheath and partly because I never use them to snip thread. I keep multiple pairs of thread snips in handy spots around the house.

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Date: 7/16/13 8:17 PM

I must know what a purple thang is. Your link goes nowhere?

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Date: 7/16/13 8:23 PM

Wow...you are right!!! I even checked it right after I posted and it went to the Amazon link which has reviews which I thought was helpful...i wonder what happened!!! Well here is a link to JoAnns...hope it stays put!!!
purple thang second try

It seems to be good now...I have noticed it has been mentioned by other sewists here on PR. My local quilt shop has them for $3.50.
I misplaced mine the other day and was hopeless without it...I went and bought 2 more ...kind of like seam rippers and seam gauges...essential
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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
Dan 9:24-27

Bernina vintage and computerized, Bernina and BL sergers , BLcoverstitch (a stray Pfaff and Viking followed me home too)

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 7/16/13 8:48 PM

This topic has been moved from Creative Sewing to Patterns and Notions

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