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Date: 8/2/13 7:37 PM

My pattern weights are just pretty river rocks I've collected over the years.
I also use old sheets for making muslins and sometimes for linings of bags.

I'm thinking of recycling my kids school supplies. We have 4 washable Elmer's glue sticks and I'm wondering if anyone has used them in place of those expensive ones from the sewing/craft stores?

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Date: 8/2/13 8:23 PM

Dale - the school glue works every bit as well as the sewing stuff. I love cheap/free/home made notions. Before I had a yardstick I used a slat from a venetian blind for a straight edge. Nice and light!

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Date: 8/2/13 11:57 PM

I use the non-serated silverware knives for weights on the patterns. They work every bit as well as any other weights, especially if they have weighted handles. I love pretty, even worn pretty, so I started collected silver plate knives that are too "worn" for food. they are antiquiky... like me.

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Date: 8/3/13 0:41 AM

I love the ideas so far. Fun topic!

I use unglazed tiles for pattern weights. I glued some felt protectors on the back and they work quite well and are easy to move around without tearing anything.

Some hardware in my stash is from old horse blankets and tack.

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Date: 8/3/13 5:58 AM

i have a small collection of magnets that are used in the winter months to hold a cover in place. in the summer i use them on small items in conjuction with my metal ironing board. it's amazing how well they work!

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Date: 8/3/13 6:32 AM

Don't bother buying glue sticks at the fabric store; the Elmers - and the kind you can buy in bulk at warehouse stores - work just fine. (I suspect they are the same thing with different labels.)

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Date: 8/3/13 8:23 AM

Glue sticks are excellent! Recently I had done some work on a wedding dress that was too small across the back. I made loops from 1/4" wide ribbon, starting at the top of the zipper and spacing them down to about 8". The last thing I was going to do was string some more ribbon through them, then attach a gusset underneath to make the dress look like it was originally made this way.

Having my working arm in a cast would have made the loop task impossible, but thanks to an Elmer's glue stick, I was able to stick the loops together before sewing them in. So yes! I have used it and absolutely refuse to be "held hostage" for more money to buy the more expensive ones.

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Date: 8/3/13 8:42 AM

That you Janie for bringing back such a sweet memory. I can picture my mother with her fabric spread out on the kitchen table with all our kitchen knives holding the pattern down. I have not thought of that in years!

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Date: 8/3/13 11:25 AM

on the subject of pattern weights, I have a toofer...(lol) I took old candle votives, stuffed a pretty piece of fabric with fiber filling and put it in it. Now I have a pin cushion and a weight, so everything is right where I need it.

(toofer....two for 1....)

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Date: 8/3/13 12:29 PM

toofer in Canada can commonly mean two-four which means a 24 bottle case of beer. This weekend is a holiday one here so it is a toofer weekend.

Speaking of Canada, my pattern weights are hockey pucks.

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