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What are your favorite notions?
Those things you just can't sew without
Diana M
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Date: 9/26/04 2:53 PM

Because of this site I've discovered washaway wonder tape, clear elastic, soil separator cloth, plastic sheeting and Sharpie pens -- adding those to magnetic pin holders, painted rocks and hockey pucks for patern weights.

My sewing room looks pretty different than it did a few years back. Oh, yeah -- the computer and the internet! Could hardly stay motivated without those these days.

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Date: 9/26/04 6:13 PM

Probably the thing I use most, and frequently have to go looking for is my seam gauge. Basic - but I use it all the time. I should buy another one.

:) Mel

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Date: 9/26/04 7:26 PM

Mine is my collar point and tube turner.  It has taken the dreaded task of turning tubes, belts, loops etc into the easiest and fastest jobs!  Also great with turning points on collars and cuffs.  I bought mine at Nancy's notions - but I don't see it in her most recent catalogue??

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Date: 9/26/04 7:54 PM

I really like the fasturn for turning loops, spaghetti straps etc. and also the chaco liner which marks with a thin chalk line -- use that all the time.

Pam

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Date: 9/26/04 8:07 PM

Whoops wrong, the thing I depend upon every time I sew is the adhesive measuring tape that I applied along the top of my sewing machine table.  I can never remember where my seam tape, my seam guage, yardstick or ruler are, but the adhesive measuring tape is always handy.  

I also have a pair of Wiss Clips, spring loaded clippers that you don't have to "open" to close.  They are fabulous!

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Date: 9/26/04 9:13 PM

My favorite notion has to be the seam ripper.  Now that I have "upgraded" to the super-duper surgical seam ripper, I can rip those seams in no time flat!   :D

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Date: 9/27/04 0:31 AM

I think the item I use most is my little 6 inch clear plastic ruler.   I use it to measure all kinds of hems, etc.  and because you can see thru it you can lay it right on top of whatever you are measure.   It gets lots of use and I haven't seen any more around.

What am I going to do when all the numbers and tick marks disappear?????   :eek:

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Date: 9/27/04 1:52 AM

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I think the item I use most is my little 6 inch clear plastic ruler.   I use it to measure all kinds of hems, etc.  and because you can see thru it you can lay it right on top of whatever you are measure.   It gets lots of use and I haven't seen any more around.

What am I going to do when all the numbers and tick marks disappear?????


I've seen clear rulers at the office supply store and also at art supply stores (different from craft supply stores like Joanns). I have a clear ruler that a local real estate agent sent me...the only problem in that it has the agent's name and logo on it  :unhappy:

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Date: 9/27/04 2:28 AM

Fern, Omnigrid carries them in the "quilting" section of the sewing store. They have measurements in BOTH directions. Aren't they wonderful.  My favorite notions are my little stork scissors hanging from my "badge holder" around my neck and my deluxe seam ripper with the handle I built up.  You know, because I unsew as much as I sew. :tounge:

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My hope is to sew to the very end. They'll find my head slumped over my precious Kenmore 19606 and have to pry the seam ripper from my cold, dead hands.

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Date: 9/27/04 6:43 AM

I vote for the seam gauge, Clover red/white superfine pins from Japan (all other pins feel like nails to me), bamboo point turner, fusible straight tape, Steam-A-Seam Light, Pfaff machine needle threader and point presser or June Tailor board.  I'm not a quilter, but other absolute must-haves are several sizes of quilting rulers and the Olfa ergonomic rotary cutter (and rotary mats, of course).  I don't know how I ever lived without them!

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