Tools at your Fingertips

Last week I taught two Handi Quilter “Beyond Basics” classes, and talked to my HQ owners about putting their tools at their fingertips. I believe in tools, and I make my work area work for me! There are too many more quilts I want to do in my life, not to make things as easy as possible.

In this photo you can see a lunch bag clipped to the handle of my cup. I have Velcro on the bottom of the cup, and Velcro on the top of my HQ Fusion handle, so I have many tools right where I need them.

A few days after the class, we got this Bitty Buddy in the shop and I was so excited! I could replace that sack with a beautiful thread catcher. And it just happens to be purple… (57948)

Look how much better the “after Bitty Buddy” photo is! [Always keep threads away from your wheels and rails of your longarm. Extracting thread wrapped around the wheels takes away from precious quilting time!!]
(You can also collapse the Bitty Buddy to ½” tall and take it to class.)
You can see my favorite scissors, the Ergo Squeeze Bent Shaft Scissors (25955), behind the adjusting screw for my Micro Handles (33489) here, too.

In this close-up photo you see that I have used “Blu-Tack” from the office supply store to put my Ultra-Pro Seam Ripper (or “un-quilter,” 68024), Thread Tweezers (77760) (both on this page), and Embroidery Wand 83233) on the other side of the handles.

(By the way, we won an award from Handi Quilter for our training, customer service, and inspiration, so if you’re considering a longarm and can travel to South Bend, please email me! )

While I’m talking purple tools, one of the best things I’ve done for my body, is to put The Gypsy Sit Upon Comfort Cushion (47317) on my office and sewing chairs! It helps relieve lower back pain, strengthens core muscles, and improves posture. One size fits all!

(To find the item on our web page after clicking on the link, hold down the “Ctrl” key and touch F. Enter our 5 digit number in the box, and you’ll be taken to that item!)

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