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  • Lost pins and needles

    I am for ever dropping my hand embroidery needles on the carpet...that goes for machine needles and pins. too!. I have found that the best help for this is a magnet, and the bigger, the better. After a sewing session or when I know that I have just dropped something, I take the magnet and lightly run...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Mary Quite Contrary on Wed, Oct 30 2013
  • Pinning Tip

    When I am quilting, or doing any sewing I use two pin cushions. One on my work area where I do my pinning and one by my machine. That way I am not having to move my pin cushion around all the time. When the one at the pinning area is empty, then I switch them around.
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Mary on Wed, May 22 2013
  • Keep your pins handy

    I already had this spice rack, but I didn't like it for spices. As I looked at it, I saw that it would be good in my sewing room. Now I have all of my different kinds of pins stored on a shelf right above my cutting table. Even though the front is clear, I taped a sample of the pin that is inside...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Judy on Fri, Jan 4 2013
  • Magnet for loose pins

    I have a magnetic pin bowl, but as I travel from cutting mat, to ironing board, to sewing machine...it sometimes fails to make the trip! I have taken a small square magnet from my refrigerator (I got these at the post office) and turn them so the magnetic side is up and have one at the sewing machine...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Patty on Wed, Feb 1 2012
  • Forget the safety pins. Attach the quilt sandwich with...

    2" straight pins and erasers cut into pieces. Instead of the stress on hands brought on by opening and closing safety pins, cut red erasers that the kids use in school, into smaller pieces. Each eraser can make up to 12 pieces. Use the erasers on the ends of the long pins. Much easier on the hands...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by upchurs on Tue, Oct 11 2011
  • Handy quilting tips

    I keep a pair of snips at both my sewing machine and next to my ironing board. That way once I'm finished sewing, if while pressing, I need to trim or cut a loose thread I don't have to go back to the sewing machine. I also keep two sets of magnetic pin holders. One by my sewing machine, the...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Linda D. Martindale on Mon, Jun 27 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    Sharps trash: To dispose of your used rotary blades and dull, bent pins and needles, use a chewing gum cannister. Gum now comes in a "big pak" or cannister that holds 50-60 pieces of gum. The cannister has a flip top that can be used to pop in the pins and needles, or the top screws off which...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by darby222 on Thu, Feb 3 2011
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