Handy Tools andTips Make Quilting Easier

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Here are some great tools for quilters that can help make quilting faster and easier.  The following tips come from FaveCrafts.com the Quilting category titled “Unexpected Tools for Quilters.” (http://www.favecrafts.com/Quilting/Unexpected-Tools-for-Quilters/ct/1). • Stiletto Heel- Hold down the fabric with a stiletto heel as you feed it under the presser foot. Your seam allowances will come out more even. • Sandpaper- Glue fine sandpaper to a piece of foam board. Use this board under your fabric to hold it snuggly in place with no slipping. • Paper lunch sack- Fold down a paper sack a few inches and tape to the edge of your sewing table. Drop scrap fabric, excess thread and other trash into this bag as you sew to keep your area clean. • Old Car Mat- Place an old car mat under your sewing machine foot pedal to keep it from shifting. • White Vinegar- A cup of white vinegar added when prewashing fabrics will help set colors. • Furniture glides- Tape a thin Teflon rectangle to the bed of the sewing machine as a guide for seam allowances. The sticky, felt circle kind also help to secure rulers and other supplies

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