♪♪A Few of Our Favorite Things♪♪

I asked staff members what their favorite sewing or quilting tool/notion was and why.
Cathy Young (Owner/Buyer)
6” Bias Square #67293 “It’s easy to read with bold intersecting lines and is great for squaring up quilt blocks.”
Gingher 4” Featherweight Thread Clips #53878 “I have two pairs of the Gingher Snips. I keep one pair at the machine and one by the lazy boy chair in front of the TV.”
Becky Adams (Sewing Dept Mgr.)
Gypsy Gripper #30158 “Before I got it, my ruler slipped and slid all the time. I feel that my Gypsy Gripper really helps me cut with more precision. Ellie, my 11 yr old daughter, who has taken over cutting for me while my broken wrist is healing, loves it too! She won’t use a ruler without it!”

Jean Armstrong (Internet/Shipping)
Olfa 18mm Rotary Cutter #70712 “It’s easy to use.”

Sharon Beaudin (Shipping)
Clover Seam Ripper #29273 “It’s so sharp!”
Chaco Liner Pen Style #14015 “It’s refillable!”

Chris Cencelewski (Shipping)
Donna Dewberry’s Cutting Mat #31998 “The mat is self healing and has a smooth finish.”

Kimmy (Repair Tech)
Seam Ripper Clipper #27735 “I’m very partial to the seam ripper/nips that I got here last year. It is very usefl when I take out seams.”

Tekla Coar (Front Counter)  Rotary Cutter #54180 “So much faster and easier on the hands than scissors.”

Darleen Davis (Receiving Mgr.)
Olfa Cutting Mat #37064 “This mat is self healing and still looks new after all these years!”

 Melodye Drake (Front Counter)
True Grips #60954 “I have rulers that have no grips on the back and these are so thin that they work perfect.” Gypsy Gripper #30158 “I had surgery on my shoulder.  This tool helps me to press down when cutting fabic.”

Cindy Foley (Shipping Mgr.)
6” x 1” Ruler #15772 “Great for checking seams!”

Lynne Forrest (Receiving) Patchwork Pins #39355 “These pins are very fine and cause minimal distortion.”
9 1/2″ Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler #33492 “Square it up rulers are great for squaring up blocks that get distorted when I piece them.”

Nancy Fullen & Linda Ullery (Front Counter)
Fons & Porter Binding Tool #44094 “Easy, perfect finish for joining binding ends.”

Diane James (Sewing Dept.)
6” Bias Square #67293 “Using this square is the easiest way to square half square triangle blocks because of the 45 degree line that goes along the seam.”

Lynn Kinney (Sewing Dept)
Snip-A-Stitch Scissors #20821“These scissors are comfortable to hold.  They do a great job snipping  those thread ends.  They get in close.”

Cathy Mark (Buyer)
Milliner’s Needles #51190 “I use them for hand sewing, embroidery, applique, quilting, everything! They are longer than many, so much easier for me to hold and they have a bit of flex when I need it. I also like the Boxed Silk Pins #37608.”

Cheryl Nelson (Web Development/Me)
3 1/2” Floral Scissors #52850 “I have several pairs of these sharp, pointed little scissors. They make a great seam ripper as well as a thread snipper.”
Creative Grids Non-Slip 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Ruler #45153 “This is the handiest ruler that I own!”  

Guinn Shapiola (Sales Floor Mgr.)
Sewline Pencils #40605 “Pencils writes smooth lines and there are great color choices.”
Best Press #33478 “Works wonderfully for pressing fabrics.”

Ginny Smith (Receiving)
Easy Sew Guide #16197 “Great for NO mark half square triangles.”

Suzanne Stone (Shipping)
“A drink on a coaster….for obvious reasons!!!”

Jane Stuart (Receiving)
Boye Knitting Needles…Jane is a knitter!

Kim Wilson (Front Counter)
Sewing Edge #29853 “A great 1/4″ seam guide.”

Linda Ullery (Front Counter)
The Gypsy Cutting Gizmo #47319  “I do a lot of chain piecing and the Gizmo makes a faster way to cut blocks apart.”

 Judy Wingrove (Model Dept)

Binding Clips #56424  “They hold quilt binding tightly and don’t pop off–and you don’t get stuck with pins while you sew.  They are also great when making purses and other sewing projects!
Erica Broecker (Owner)
“My HQ would be way up there, then my regular machine, then my rotary tool (Ergo 2000 45mm Rotary Cutter #13613) I guess. And my ruler (Creative Grids Non-Slip 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Ruler #45153) . And the Cutting Edge Strips (Cutting Edge Strips #85083) and the Blade Sharpener (6″ x 24″ TrueCut Ruler Blade Sharpener #A10652) …it really works…and and and…”

What is your favorite tool or notion????


Post by Cheryl

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