Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's all about heart.....( Plan B) we asked Alex to fill in...




Madame Samm invited me to do a guest post even though  I do not have a blog. Love that about her. We were sipping some coffee at her home a couple of weeks ago, she made me these homemade buttermilk biscuits with fresh blackberry preserves, (she is one heck of a baker and hostess, did you know that?) Well, this one day we got talking about all the tools that I (we) have purchased , that I thought I had to have and simply put = are useless. She thought this would make for a light topic for me to share with all of you. My name is Alex, ( short for Alexandra) and I have been quilting for ------ this many years. I hate to admit how long, since you would think I would know better. So work with me, and let's just say decades. Ok, here goes, are you ready?


Show of hands. How many have purchased this? They call it the Gypsy Gripper. I think back when it first came out it was over $25.00 and let's not forget shipping , let me add that too, total cost almost $35.00- way too much. You put this on your ruler to stop it from moving. Yep, I had to have it only to find out that little dabs of glue on the back of my ruler will do the same thing, cost for dabs of glue, oh I don't know pennies, if that. M.Samm shared with me that tidbit! (after I bought it, thanks Samm)


Next on my list was-again had to have it was this 
bobbin winder. How many purchased this? Don't be shy?


Oh dear, I  had to have this, it takes a lot of batteries, and yes it has an adapter, but by
the time I find it in my sewing room, (and the adapter, lost it)  in a box somewhere covered with piles of must have patterns and books, I had to have. ( more on that later) here it is a bobbin winder. And yes my machine ( new one) has a terrific bobbin winder, and I don't have to dig around to wind my bobbin. I think I paid $ 32.95 for this and shipping. let's not forget that I used it once! and that was years ago, I think it was the PINK packaging that got me. mmm, I am noting something here..."STAY away from  everything PINK

And  now yes the bias tape maker with all the tips.
Had to have this too!

Oh this was a doozy, you thread your fabric strips through these tips, ( which cost $10.00 for each size bias tape you want to make. Yep, I bought all 5 of them, so that was $50.00 just in tips.) The same tips in a sewing store, $2.00, are you hearing me, I sometimes don't do my homework till after. And-did I mention the machine cost me $109.00, why I know this is because I taped it to the inside of the cover? As soon as it arrived I knew this was another brilliant purchase I would regret. I did and I do and what do you know..it is not Pink but it is Orange...isn't that YOUR favorie color Samm? ( Oh, btw she has one of these too) 
( editors note, NO I don't) 

I conclude that my iron, does a better job because it gets hotter, AND I find I can do this in less time than this machine can do it. Are you hearing me ladies, you can buy 3 cheap irons for the cost of this blunder. Did I just say that? I am really talking about silly old me, for falling for these commercials. So yes, another had to have purchase- and tell me I am not the only one who purchased this?  ( besides Samm)
 editors note: I sold mine! and no not to Alex.
I am waiting. Ah, show of hands!

the tips you need to use this machine, those were all extra. !
Yep, have them all. 

NEXT,

Oh yes some of my magazines, and btw all of them are quilting ones. And this is just some of them. Quick calculation, each pile has around 94, (I counted them) there are 5 piles ( I am showing you) Average cost per magazine, I am rounding it off to $7.00 dollars, some are higher, and a few under that. But on average 
$ 7.00 ea. I have my calculator so the total cost per pile that I spent, because I just had to have them all is, are you ready?. $658.oo for one pile x 5. Oh just shoot me dead now! I could have purchased completed finished quilts for the cost of all these magazines- or at least kits to make one or two or three...Madame Samm said to me this would make me feel good, I am not feeling it. Ha. Ha.


Can you take some more? How about this Quilters Fabric Calculator. Again one of those gotta have me one of those. Still have no idea how to use it. Never have used it, probably will never use it. But had to have it. Cost $39.00 (no shipping with this one) NOW ask me why? go ahead and ask me?  I actually purchased it in a brick and mortar store and the owner told me, she uses it all the time.( been there on many occasions, never seen her use it)Are you listening to  this ladies, I have never even seen it on her counter, on her table, oh, but I have seen them on her display in the package!. 




So again I am not sure if I feel any better, to be perfectly honest with you-I am feeling a bit like a dope.
 Please don't ever ask me to any  market for quilters, on second hand
it would certainly give me a pass to come back again and entertain you
because you know I would be making purchases on must have tools
that I will never use. (especially if they are pink)

 Madame Samm, is this where I thank you?
I think I will feel better if I know I am not the only 
one who has any of these in their homes! Show of HANDS?

What have you purchased that you just had to have but never used?
I won't tell! Listen ladies, I won't even tell- you know?

Love Alex xx

p/s I hear there will be a giveaway that will certainly melt my heart
if I win tomorrow, these will be things we could all use...

155 comments:

  1. I needed a laugh, Alex you are one funny lady, Samm better ask you back again. You made my day, and yes I have purchased 3 of these things. I am not telling you which ones. I never use them either.
    hugs Terri

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  2. I have to say that I haven't bought any of these tools but don't worry I've bought enough magazines to fill a truck and I'm just about to go through my piles - tear out maybe one or two articles and patterns in each and then throw them away - I was thinking about trying to sell them on ebay but for all the time I spend taking photos, uploading, and postage I don't think its worth it - scares me to think how much money is in those piles - in australia our magazines are about $12 each !!

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  3. I bought some clear film that you stick on the back of your ruler to "make it not slide". Needless to say, it didn't work too well. The glue dots are cheaper and better.

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  4. Kgrenville at gmail dot comFebruary 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Let me see, I have a lot of magazines and where we live, they are more expensive because I have to order them through the mail. I have the grip, never used it. Still sitting under my table. Please pick me to win, I would love some PELLON.
    Kgrenville at gmail dot com

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  5. Yes, I have a few of these items, but I do use mine!

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  6. Yup...been there, done that!! I had to have special clips for making binding easier and perfect...AND it's still under cellophane!
    Take care and thanks for the laugh!
    Paulette

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  7. I have the bobbin winder which I have never used....and who doesn't have mountains of mags and books!

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  8. This was awesome. It is nearly 11 pm. I should be in bed, but no. I am hear laughing at your folly. Thank you for sharing and saving me from the same mistakes. I have never purchased any of those things. I am relatively new to quilting, and do have to turn away from the magazine stand. All our money goes straight to our kids. I can't make this budget stretch like I think it should. So there are no fancy extras I think would make life easier. Thank you for being so open. I'll share my cooking mistakes...

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  9. Yes, I'm afraid I'm an impulse buyer and have made many an error in judgement. Thanks, for the chuckle and the chance to win some Pellon.

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  10. I've got a cheaper version of the first item on your list; still in its box. Most of the other things I've bought I have actually used.

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  11. Uh, yeah. I have the bias tape maker, and have used it twice in the 14 months I've had it. I just HAD to have it, and it has been a pain to use. I should consider selling it on Ebay.

    Great post. Thank you!

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  12. Hahahaha!!! I sure hope Madame Samm brings you back soon Alex!!! And why don't you have your own blog? You're a born entertainer.

    As for your useless items: I only managed to not buy the Gypsy handle because a friend who rushed out to be the first one to have one oh so smugly showed me hers and I decided I didn't like it. And I absolutely drew the line at paying $100+ for a binding maker! But I have bought magazines as if I thought quilt ideas might dry up tomorrow leaving me without inspiration... only recently began to pull out what I like and toss the rest. I was afraid the neighbors would turn me in for hoarding. As for the bobbin winder, I was gifted one of these by a friend (not the same one). I really needed it and use it because my featherweight will not wind bobbins.

    The most useless thing I paid good money for and never used (and never will I'm figuring) is a Creative Grids ruler for rounding quilt corners. I love Creative Grids rulers but I sure do wish I had been wearing my thinking cap that day. Why pay $25 for a 6" square piece of plastic that does what a $0 plate or bowl, etc will do?!?

    Thanks for the joy of laughter tonight!!!! Oh, and I just started working on a huge embroidery project, so I really could use that Pellon! =^..^=

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  13. I have to LOL, I have a quilt buddy that bought some of the Bias tape maker tool to sell in her small quilt shop. I tried to tell her it was quicker to do it the way we always have. I have the calculator, I like it but it is confusing. EQ is much easier and user friendly. Thanks for making me feel smarter for not having bought the other items...

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  14. Alex, you are so funny! It is good to laugh at our quilting obsessions and fabric is one of mine!!

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  15. Funny funny! I do like the gipsy gripper if I am cutting a lot of strips- means you won't cut your fingers. I bought a rotary sharpener- don't like it at all and it was expensive- approx $45!

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  16. I enjoyed your blog so funny. Thanks, you have definitely saved me some money as I thought the first two items might be handy to have, now I won't bother.

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  17. Thank your for this lovely post, my day had to have it!!!!

    Nana

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  18. Somewhere I do have the gypsy handles. But in my defence, my (also quilting) sister had just sliced a part of her finger clean of while cutting fabric, so I was an easy mark for that one...Never seem to use it though....might even have dumped it! I also have loads and loads of thingies to protect fingertips while quilting (I tend to stab in my fingers to "feel" if the needle is through yet). Expensive, but non of them work. I still look around a someone with a serious problem..... I had a lot of fun reading your post and look forward to the next one!

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  19. I do have a pile of magazines and quilt books dating back to the early 80's. I ditched the ones from the 70's. Since retiring I have resolved to be VERY choosey about which ones i buy. I have not been persuaded to buy any of the others tools, although i have almost been tempted, then i do a quick calculation on how much fabric i could buy with the equivalent amount of money, I am a sucker for rulers though

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  20. This was so much fun to read! You made me laugh many times. My weakness is magazines, which become very dog-eared over time. I am a magazine flipper!

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  21. Well...I didn't get sucked in on the bias tape maker, but on the grippers-yes. Do I use them? Nope. I do use my bobbin winder all of the time-the small one. Just had to have the big fancy one-but only use it to wind Featherweight bobbins. Magazines, yep, tons. Also another useless tool is the Fons & Porter binding tool. Just as complicated as their instructions in their book. However-I have one that actually does work and works beautifully. It is the Cut-Rite Bind Up from www.quiltersparadiseesc.com. No affiliation-it just works and makes joining the 2 binding ends at a 45 degee angle as easy as it is to join strips to make the binding. I LOVE it. And it is only 9.95. This is seriously the best money I have ever spent on a tool excluding rulers & rotary cutters.

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  22. Thanks for the laugh. I have been thinking about getting the grip, but now I think I will pass.
    I love magazines - although they are very expensive here.
    One day I might even make one of the quilts .......

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  23. I have a lot of tools i never use - and the books and the magazines ohhh don't get me started. But I have to say the bobbin winder is the thing I use the most! Especially when I am in the middle of machine quilting and run out of bobbin thread. I also thinks it saves some of my sewing machine from doing the bobbin winding...
    Kirsten in Oslo

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  24. I don't have any of these items.

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  25. I confess to the Gypsy Gripper - one big and one little - but I do use those on occasion. And magazines, tons of magazines. But I either pass them on when I've finished or I read them over and over because I love them. So all in all I'm not unhappy with those purchases. However, could I interest you in a few hundred specialized rulers? :) blessings, marlene (maybe not hundreds...but several!)

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  26. I haven't purchased those items... but do have the silly bias tape makers that attach supposedly to my iron... but then those were from my mom...

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  27. Alex, you are so funny! I have often wondered if those tools were worth it. Thanks for answering my question. Now I don't feel so bad about not having them. Except the magazines...and books, lots of books.

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  28. Enjoyed this article - I can so relate!!

    dixiespell@aol.com
    jackie smith

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  29. Oh Alex,
    I don´t know if I should laugh or cry.. -your are so right!
    I could sign every worth you have been written, I have most of these notions too, and never use them.
    I´m a notion and quiltbook-magazine freak, wenn I see some, I honestly feel that I can´t live without it, and for a shot while they makes me feel so happy ☺
    Do I have to mention that I have plenty of Tupperware items, that never use too *lol*
    Have fun!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany
    I´m still on the Banner *smile*

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  30. Your article is very amusing and eye opening. I have one of these - had to have it - and was "really, truly needing!!!" another. Thanks for the tip!

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  31. Being a new quilter, I don't have many tools, and now I know some that I shouldn't invest in! Thanks for the laugh!

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  32. I sure appreciate the tips I have wanted bother the bias tape maker and the bobbin winder. Now I Know. I bought a bias machine foot for my sewing machine and that was worthless, never did figure out how to use it. Also have magazines. Thanks for sharing your tips and lessons learned

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  33. I plead guilty as charged on 4 counts. How funny. yes I have the gripper but I use it in the shower area of the bathroom ..hahahaha
    the calculator was a gift and i have used it a few times. Magazines oh my I so so guilty on that account. I can't throw them away either. Now for the bobbin winder I use it all the time and yes I do love it. I bought them for my 2 daughters and they don't use theirs. When mine burns up I get to use them.
    Hugs
    Susan

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  34. I just had to have these punches that would cut out felt shapes for embellishing my sewing projects. Have I used any of the 20 punches I bought? No...not yet! Bad me!

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  35. Hmm.... I know what you mean! I have a gypsy gripper- just a single suction cup- it is in a closet -glad I got it a LOT cheaper than you did.
    I have the bobbin winder, but I do use it. Got it 40%off with a coupon.
    Fabric calculator - free on my iPod touch-have used it maybe three times.
    hmm....see a pattern here? Free or on sale is my kind of deal!

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  36. LOL, well, I am happy to say that I can never afford to buy things. Or I'm sure I would, and they would just sit around collecting dust! :)

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  37. Brilliant! I have managed to avoid most of those purchases, but I have drooled over that stuff. Now I know!

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  38. Great - now I feel lousy. I own almost all of these -ugh! I also have to add ridiculously priced patterns that I'll never use. Can't even imagine how many finished quilts I could've bought! Thank you for sharing.

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  39. Great job on this post....I needed a good laugh to start my day! Thank you for reinforcing why I don't buy gadgets but get so much grief from those who do......now who got the last laugh? Thanks.

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  40. This was a great post! We never count the cost of things like this! But it's easy to accumulate lots of 'stuff'! ♥

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  41. I have a gripper I never use, though not the giant one that looks like an old telephone receiver and I have a number of rulers I thought would be essential to my quilting career that have never been used.

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  42. Too funny! I never did buy any of these tools but was really tempted. Now magazines - that's a different story. When I moved a couple of years ago and saw what all I had, it about cured me from buying another magazine (althought I still buy maybe one or two a year). And am hard pressed to do that what with all these wonderful informative blogs, etc., on the internet. Thanks for the laugh.

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  43. LOL, ah, yes, I have a few of these "need to have tools" not sure I appreciate the reminder that I don't use them!! The bobbin winder especially as my Bernina hated the way it wound the thread and I had to use them for hand stitching bindings!

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  44. I have all of the above, except the handle 'dooey'.. I DO use the magazines......they fill up four shelves of my built in book case in the bedroom.. I only have four shelves for quilting magazines, because the other eight are full of 'painting' magazines and home decorating mags, that I never look at either..But I am sure the bookcase would fall over without the magazines weighing it down.

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  45. I loved your post. Who out there hasn't ever bought something that they've regretted. I haven't bought any of those particular items but there are others in my sewing room that shall remain nameless at this time. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  46. This is hilarious Alex!! A great reminder not to waste money and think long and hard about those purchases!

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  47. Oh this really makes me feel SOOOOOOOOOO much better. I'm sorry that you realized all this after spending that money but you have no idea how this helped me.

    I guess sometimes it IS good to be on a limited income that things like these (which ARE on my wish list currently) just have not made it to the top of my list. There are SO many other things that I want to have and can be bought, like all the fabric I drool over and has its own very long wish list and because of that I have not bought these things yet. I will admit however that I did purchase something similar to the gripper. Almost bought the gripper at the last sewing and quilt show hubby and I went to last year but I chose not to spend the money since I was able to buy more things at the show instead of that one gripper. The one I bought was a generic one that I found of all places, in the bargain bin at Aldi's Grocery for about $5 and I totally regret spending that much. That thing doesn't even hold onto the side of my bookshelf where I thought would be a great place to store it. That kept falling off all the time so I keep wondering how it would actually stay on my rulers to help protect my fingers. Never used it.

    Thank you for helping me realize there was a reason I haven't bought any of these yet, other than the actual fact of being too broke to do so yet AND buy fabric too. :) Now I can stop pouting and consider removing them from my wish list too. ha

    Now I will admit that I have a growing pile of books and magazines although two that I subscribed to just expired and I have not renewed them.

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  48. Too funny!
    I have used sandpaper dots to help my rulers stay put. But ached to have the handle!

    Wanted the bobbin winder but managed not to go there.

    Recently considering the bias tape maker as I am using so much bias lately on the little dresses I menitoned on Sam's blog earlier.

    I do have stacks of magazines. Most years old and I quit buying but did not start tossing.

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  49. I sew enjoyed your post! I'm a new quilter, so haven't had the time/money to buy all those fun gadgets. (I'm sure if I had the time/money I would have gotten them....I've seen several in the stores and have been tempted).
    I will now save my money to spend on fabric to make lovely quilts, like the ones I see on this amazing blog.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  50. OK - I'll admit it - I am "thrifty," just like my mom. What I tend to do is have great plans to use something on a project "someday" and then never start the project. So, I have at least 3 specialty rulers that have been in my sewing room any where from one year to 4 years, never used.

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  51. Great article. I know just what you mean. I have a few of those items. I have the bobbin winder, my granddaughter loves to use it and wind bobbins for me. I also have that bias maker the metal one. Magazines, I won't admit to how many I have, let's just say a lot.

    thanks

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  52. I haven't purchased these tools, but considered each one for a while! I have a very tight budget so I need to plan purchases. This has been a help for me to put off buying most gadgets. That said, I am a big reader so I'm a sucker for quilt books--but very few of them are purchased new.
    ~Jillian in North Dakota

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  53. I have many different rulers and I only use 3 for everything that I cut. Don't feel bad. We all have bought different things and then feel sad because we realize we will not use them like we thought we would. Thanks for sharing so some of us won't spend our money on these items (unless we really think we will use them!)

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  54. OMG Alex! I have EVERY ONE of these except the bias strip maker (altho' I did do some serious looking at it). And I vote the calculator as The Most Worthless - I can't even give it away to friends. They won't take it. You post make me laugh out loud!

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  55. I also fell prey to the bobbin winder, which I also never use. I'm just thankful I didn't have the money to purchase the bias tape maker when I first saw it, or I probably would have that too. :)

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  56. Most WORTHLESS? Bobbin Winder, I did use it - mostly when I was doing embroidery on my machine but then it BROKE - won't spin - after about 2 months of use! Now I just wind 3 or four bobbins at a time before I start.

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  57. Oh, you are just too funny. I have the bobbin winder, but I only paid a buck for it at a silent auction (nobody else bid!). I've been thinking of getting that gripper, but I've been using that clear plastic stuff (like contact paper, but not) and it works well for me. I thought about buying the quilt calculator, but then found an app for my smart phone and it was a lot cheaper. I have just about every size of Clover's bias tips and love them with my iron. But I won't tell you how many magazines and quilt books I have - just have to buy them, you know?

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  58. Thanks Alex for making me giggle out Loud :) I have the calculator as well,and Nope I've never used it either ;( haha Oh well... Take Care and welcome to Sew We Quilt..Hope you come back again :)

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  59. Great post Alex! Jealous you get to hang out with Madam Samm! The only thing I bought was the manual bias tape maker and yes it is still in the pkg. oh well.

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  60. I also have mountains of magazines. I get a stack out and thumb through them every once in a while. I really enjoy them. I also have lots of books. I haven't bought the other stuff, but I do love pink items. Why is that?

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  61. Well I got a good laugh out of this, and glad I only have magazines laying around, but I didn't pay even close to $7 each for them. You could do giveaways, and give them to someone else, it rids of you of them, and makes room for more useful stuff in your sewing room.

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  62. I too bought the must have bobbin winder. I used it maybe 2 times.
    It was a pain in the . . .you either had to buy two spools of the same color thread or un thread your machine, which doesn't that defeat the purpose?

    So I got mine Feb 2011 with $$ from my mother for my Bday. This year it made me think about it. I got it out and it still had the price tag on it from Hobby Lobby. So I took it back and even told the clerk I had used a 40% off coupon to buy it.
    Nothing doing they HAD to give me full price back . WIN!
    When the clerk from the sewing dept came to confirm the price, she told me, those things are a waste!

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  63. Advertising and marketing are arts in of themself...become an informed consumer. I did not fall for the items mentioned, except for the bobbin winder because I use Masterpiece cone thread and can wind ten bobbins quickly. I splurged on a Bernina when retired but you have to keep buying pieces (feet and software) to perfect the tasks. Now they tell me I need a new machine because the motor is worn out - I don't think so- it will just not be a Bernina. Rowenta irons, I was returning one a year because of malfunction before switching to an old fashioned dry iron and spray bottle. Wanted a Reliable, the color put me off and would have had to win it. Magazines are all beginning to look the same. You are so right with this information. Why do we do it?... because we can and we love our craft so much. I believe fixed incomes make you smarter. Judy C

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  64. I'm spending my husbands money
    and laughing with you honey.
    How do they turn on their charm
    when in our brain there should be an alarm!!!
    here"s a new promise
    say no to the gadgets!
    then I can rationalize more fabric for my stash
    as my husband says bye bye to his cash!
    thanks for the funnies and a chance to win! janita

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  65. I received the bobbin winder as a gift and it doesn't wind good at all. I don't have the gripper. Instead I use two sad irons (the old heavy irons from waaay back that had to be heated in a fireplace or stove) to hold down my ruler. It works wonderful and I don't even have to press down with one hand to hold it still. I inherited one and gave $12 for the other. One weighs 7 pounds and the other one weighs 6 pounds. I consider it "weight lifting" as I cut things out.
    I wanted to get the bias maker but now I'll pass. I do have tons of magazines but I'm trying to kick that habit.
    Thanks so much for the morning laugh and eye opener.

    Take care,
    Debbie

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  66. Love your comments. I have rulers. Every ruler known to man. Can't seem to resist every time I see one I don't have. Many are still in the wrappers.

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  67. I think we can all relate to this post. Very cute! I have purchased rulers (never met one that I didn't think I needed) and have no clue what they do or how to use them.

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  68. The only one I have is the Gypsy Gripper and I LOVE it. (I also got it for free...)

    I don't necessarily think of it to keep my ruler from moving, but to alleviate the pressure on my hand to hold the ruler. Even with dots on the back of the ruler, I'd still need to place my hand down onto the ruler- the gripper is better.

    I guess I do have magazines, but only a small number. I've never understood the quilter calculator, since a regular calculator does math too! And I don't need a sidewinder because my bobbin winder on my machine has its own motor.

    Never even considered the bias tape maker...

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  69. Sew funny! I've enjoyed reading the other comments, too.

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  70. I always thought the fabric calculator would be a good thing to have but never purchased it, after reading your blog don't think I will. The bobbin winder doesn't work for my machine, and I won't even discuss my magazine subscriptions. Love your sharing.

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  71. OK, before I read what others have done...I can proudly say I do not own any of the products mentioned (except the magazines-and I will admit I have more, I think. I AM in the process of getting rid of all but 10 of them). However, I want(ed) at least two of these products and have been reminded that I do not NEED them (and would not actually use them...LOL). I had a beautiful embroidery machine (unfortunately it would have required reading the manual to use it. It lives elsewhere now). I have MANY different rulers and other plastic gadgets (like a bias binder ruler-seriously? multiple acrylic flower shapes. uh huh.). I could go onnn...LOL. On another note, Madame Samm-When will you have Alex back? I LOVE her.(and when are you going to get her blogging?)

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  72. I totally agree with you on almost everything! I LOVE my quilters calculater. I do use it all the time!!!! love it! my weakness are uying stupid rulers to do a special techniques. they are usually more work! loved your article!!! made me laugh!

    Lorene

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  73. I can honestly say that I don't have any of these. But I did get a chuckle out of your post. I am a bargain shopper and always will look to see if I can do something myself cheaper or some other way before I buy any gadget. I know some things are supposed to make life easier but if it something that I wouldn't use a lot anyway, easier or not, I will resist and do it the old fashioned way instead.

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  74. Whew! Thanks you made my day. I didn't fall for the Gypsy Gripper (saw it slip off during the demonstration), the bias tape maker (easy enough to do on the ironing board) or the sidewinder (got one on all of my sewing machines!)and I ONLY got the calculator because I saw it on a sale table for $5 - never unwrapped it or used it. I'm going through my stacks of magazines and have reduced the pile down to about 1.5 inches tall once I pulled out the "just couldn't part with" patterns. I feel I got my moneys worth with the magazines because they gave me a lot of inspiration and enjoyment over the years of collecting them. I have some quilt books that I will never part with and tend to buy patterns I either LOVE or are something I can't immediately see how the designer put together. So my money goes to fabric, threads and templates. I'm learning in my older age that I can enjoy other peoples things without feeling the need to make one for my home too!

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  75. Well, from the wealth of comments, Madame will have to bring you back, m'dear! You are in tune with all of these readers! Personally? I've not bought any of those tools, but I'm happy to have tips that will keep me from spending my hard-earned $ on things that don't really fill a need! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chuckles!

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  76. I'm gonna tell ya Alex, I was able to actually laugh AT you rather than with you because I can honestly say I have not fallen for any of those tools. I never saw logic in any one of them (and thought there must be something wrong with me). So you've made me feel really good about tools I always thought were useless. I have bought a lot of mags over the years tho. However, I don't keep them. I tear out the pages I want and dump the rest.

    Fun, fun post Alex! Best one I've seen in quite some time!

    Good work Samm! (Um, I didn't get out of all your recent schooling posts that you had time for coffee clatches...LOL)

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  77. I have so many quilt magazines they have taken over 1 large bookcase and have started piling up on my sewing room floor.

    I also bought a "gun" that was supposed to replace pinning.

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  78. Thanks for starting my day with a laugh, Alex! Things are pretty basic in terms of tools I have for sewing, so I can't raise my hand on any of these... but that doesn't mean I've been tempted from time to time. ;o) Loved your post and hope you'll be back again soon!

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  79. ROFL!!!!!!
    I have done ALL that...except for the bias machine, but I have come CLOSE so many times!!!! NOW, I won't do that!

    Yep, I'm a GADGET FREAK!!!! It is so embarrassing...but now I got a LAUGH out of it...we need a SUPPORT GROUP....I'm start...

    HELLO, MY NAME IS Kim.....

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  80. Alex, I love your blog, all i could do was laugh. Love it thanks for the morning pick me up.

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  81. Currently hand stitching some cute little wool felt bird pincushions and enjoying every second of bringing these colourful little sweeties into the world. The sad thing.. is we want to buy stuff and if someone makes a good argument in our path we go for it so readily..OK..I do, This really is a timely tirade aimed squarely at my poor choices and poor spending habits. If you know something it must be possible to do something about it.. like get on my knees and ask the Lord to forgive me and help me use money with a little more wisdom in the future and steer clear of black holes hopefully. (Oh Yeah, I bought because it was pink too.. something with "go" in the title)
    {Grace} weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  82. I bought that bobbin winder to use with my Featherweight. That bobbin is a pain to remove, fill, and put back! So--that bobbin winder miracle did not accomodate Featherweight bobbins. Wonder of wonders: they did make one a couple years later the will take any & all bobbins. I didn't fall for that and now have a dusty winder on a back shelf.

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  83. I have some of these, too, and I can relate - especially with the bobbin winder - just had to have it, then got my new sewing machine and that made it totally obsolete!
    Fun post!!

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  84. I have the Bobbin Winder and use it occasionally but it doesn't wind as nicely as I had hoped.

    Magazines are my weakness. I tend to go to the library now peruse their selection of books and sigh when I have to return them.

    My most useless gadget is a ruler I bought , used it for one quilt and there it sits, unused in the closet, because it wasn't "all that" but it looked so easy when they demonstrated it! LOL

    Beth

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  85. It is easy to put a bundle into notions! Fabric and thread can leave your purse flat, too. Each item you pictured has tempted me also...try to read reviews on blogs and decide what really WORKS. Years ago I traded a featherweight and $425. For a Scan and Sew to go with my Jamone 9000. Never figured it out completely and in a short time it was worthless :( ! Wish I had the 221 back...hard lessons.
    Love Pellon...have just used about 20 yds on shirt quilts.

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  86. I have to confess that I LOVE gadgets. However, other than the magazines, I don't have one of these particular gadgets.
    Thanks for the laugh!

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  87. I have thought about buying each of your little tools at least once. I never buy anything unless I have a coupon or a great deal for it and even then I hem and haw and usually dont buy it. I got the bobbin winder for Christmas before last. I love it! It doesn't always wind perfectly, but it's a lot faster than my machine. I also get several magazines. Again - I wait for a deal in the mail. But if there is one I HAVE to have, then I'll use a coupon and get it from JoAnn's.
    Fun post to read.

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  88. Three years ago I emptied my sewing room out into the living room. As I needed an item, it was brought back into the sewing room. Surprise. Three-fourths of the stuff never made it back into my sewing room. Have been slowly getting rid of it. Makes me sad to think of all the money I have wasted. Letting my quilting magazine subscriptions expire also. I have enough projects and access to the Internet BOMs to last two lifetimes. Now if only I could control my fabric purchases! Sigh.....
    Would love to win the Pellon. I use it all the time for my hand stitched projects. Currently working on the Birdie block BOM.

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  89. None of those are in my home EXCEPT 30 years worth of magazines which probably works out to a lot more than all of those purchases put together. I no longer subscribe to any magazine. Once upon a time, years ago, a fellow quilter purchased the latest - a platinum quilting needle. I can't remember what she forked out for it but it bent - yes, bent, the very first time she used it. I do remember buying a metal circle which is great for adding 1/4" to all your templates (we made our own, you see). I don't know where it is but one quilter friend remarked that you needed a mechanical pencil since a regular pencil lead wouldn't fit. Don't know where my little disk is and I never did use it.

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  90. I got my love of all things crafty from my mom... thankfully she's generous so she shares so I've been spared from most of these kinds of thing directly. Thanks for the enjoyable and funny post, it's nice to know others have the same impulses.
    Best.

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  91. Wow, I am so glad to hear I am not the only one. Now I wait at least 2 days to buy any quilting "helping" object. Usually I realize I don't need it, and spend the money on fabric instead.
    What a great post!

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  93. As a fairly new quilter I can honestly hand on heart say I haven't purchased any of those and I don't have anything I dont use...but there is still time!!

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  94. Loved the post this morning Alex. I bought the calculator and haven't ever used it. Had planned on getting the bobbin winder, but now I am having second thoughts. LOL

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  95. Oh I have the Quilter's Calc, but in my defense DH bought it for me for my birthday. Thought it would help with the quilt math I make him do, as with your bobbin winder I can rarely find it because DD age 6 thinks it's fun to play with it. It's easier just to use the calc on the computer anyway.

    As for something I have that I wanted, really I did and don't use. 1/4" quilters tape. Really? They swear by it on tv. Warning to self, stop believing what the quilters on tv say!

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  96. I've managed to avoid all your list, except the bias tape maker. I really wanted one, and hubby got one for me this past Christmas, with no gasping at the price, because he was positive I was going to eventually need a burn unit, trying to iron out my own binding. (I am a bit of a klutz, I admit it!) I do use mine constantly, so I think it IS a good purchase for those of us who are fold-and-press impaired. LOL!

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  97. I don't have any of those tools. I was wanting the bias tape maker, but decided that it was too much money at the time. Now I know not to bother. Thanks for your opinions about these tools. I'm newish to quilting and need all the advice & info I can get. Thanks :)

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  98. This was a great post! I am a magazine junkie! I have piles! The ladies in my guild call me when looking for a pattern in a magazine.

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  99. I laughed so much. You are SO funny. I only bought 1 small bias tape maker years ago. So far I have resisted buying your toys. Thank goodness!

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  100. Don't feel badly - I bought all those too. How about all those specialty rulers - you can't begin to think how they work. Gizmo, gadget, gota-have.

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  101. This made me laugh so hard! I'm glad too, because I was considering buying one of these items (no, I'm not telling...), and now I won't.

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  102. Shoot, the last comment (by Anonymous) was mine. How I accidentally clicked "Anonymous" while trying to publish it, is beyond me!

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  103. I appreciate your honesty regarding these products. I have about 18 magazines I've bought over the past couple of years.

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  104. Oh yes, I have some dog products in my studio. The one that I look at occasionally but never comes out of the package is bias turners. I'm not sure what I was thinking!

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  105. You really should start a blog!!! Loved your post.

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  106. I have wanted all the tools, but never purchased them. I do have stacks of magazines though. The thing I purchased that I just don't use is a really expensive artbin ruler and mat carrier. I used it maybe four times and then decided I didn't want to take my rulers to the bee to share with every one because they were getting chipped and cracked and no one would admit they did it. Now I just take the ones I need and I don't need to use the carry case.

    A quick tip for you ... The tips for the binding machine - use them as "pulls" for your own iron...

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  107. So glad I'm not the only one wonders 'What was I thinking!' I fell for the bobbin winder. But it was only $15 as the quilt store was going out of business. Used it a few times but the biggest draw back is that you need a second spool of thread, just like if you use your SM's bobbin winder. And I never have that second spool of the same thread. Have mags coming out my ears but a bunch are going to the loal library very soon. Didn't fall for the calculator, I like doing the math (I know, weird). But I did fall for one of those sandbag things you strap to your back to make you still properly at the machine! It wasn't cheap and there it sits in the closet. Plus lots of angle rulers

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  108. Hilarious...irreverent...and every word is true! I have a love/hate relationship with my bobbin winder. You should mention you have to have 2 spools of the same thread, or else you have to unthread the machine anyway. It IS really fast, but...I'm scared to death of it when it's winding!!

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  109. Well, I feel a little better about myself after reading this! Great post!

    LaDonna

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  110. So what would Forrest Gump's mother say, Stupid . . . . . . I could have paid for a cruise with all of the idle products but then by this a.m. news that would have been a bigger mistake.

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  111. I am new to quiltling so no I have none of these, but thank you for showing me what NOT to wear, oh, um I meant buy!! LOL

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  112. Thank goodness I never bought any of these though have to say that did consider it! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane because there are items not mentioned that I have indeed purchased - and regretted.

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  113. My pet quilty peeve is those one-project-only rulers; after the first quilt using them is finished, most of them are just dust catchers. Or maybe, hung in a bright window, light-catchers, LOL! Bought myself the basting gun years ago, without the tray thingy -- pinned my quilt to my carpet! Cute mini iron too - wish I had that money back. Rotary blade sharpener -- ditto. On the other hand, nothing so useful as a 5"x24" Lip-type ruler, a mid-size square, and the Easy Angle ruler, plus a good mat. Fun post -- thanks!

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  114. I have a similar gripper (smaller) and use it all the time. Yes, I too had to have that bobbin threader thingy, but only used it once. I don't have that bias tape maker, but I ALMOST bought it. This made me laugh because I do like sewing toys and am so, so glad other people buy them, too. LOL!

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  115. Mostly I buy fabric I will never use. Or 5 yards when 1 would do. I did buy a wooden frame that you put your counted cross stitch or embroidery in to keep it tight when stitching. Still in the plastic and I don't even do counted cross stitch any more. But I might! Even though I can't see the holes any more, I might. So I find a place for it and every time I reorganize I put it back. I hope you feel better, I loved your post.

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  116. LOL....well, the only one I have from your list is the magazines but not that many. AND, I do share them with my sister, MIL and DIL. I am just the library.

    The first item on your list caught my eye. A few years ago I sliced the side of my left forefinger (8 stitches). My husband saw that item and was determined I needed it afterwards. I managed to distract him.

    Thanks for the laugh and the chance to win.

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  117. I HAD to have the binding ruler. I got it and I have lost it somewhere in my sewing room. Never even used it once.


    PS- Robert Kauffman offers a free quilting calucator app. I do use it all the time but it's much easy than the calculator

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  118. Thankfully the only one of those I would think of purchasing would be the bobbin winder, and that is because the one on my machine broke and I have to MacGiver it to be able to wind a bobbin.

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  119. Hmmm. The Gypsy Gripper, I'm told, is useful for people with arthritis or who have limited upper body strength. Bed, Bath & Beyond sells them (as shower safety handles) for $9.95.

    The calculator? You're right. Takes an engineer to figure the )^@$# thing out. A Quilter's Reference Tool (book) gives you pretty much all the info you need for $16.95 - and it doesn't take batteries.

    Magazines, especially subscriptions, are just a gateway to getting more junk mail in your mailbox. My junk mail decreased by 94% when my subscriptions ran out and I moved.

    But the bobbin winder? A godsend to me. I MQ'd one quilt that used 25 bobbins. I don't have to un-thread my machine if I want to/need to wind a new bobbin. Mine is always plugged in to the power strip that controls my machine & floor lamp. Don't leave home without it! ;-)

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  120. Alex, you are such a hoot! I love it when you guest :) (now go get set up with a blog please - pretty please!) I only have the matching stack of magazines, and when you put it like that - that's a whole lot of British Pounds I could have spent on fabric! Thanks, loved it! :)

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  121. I have an Ott light that I don't use b/c I don't have room on my sewing table to have it sit there...so it's on the floor in a corner. Thankfully, my husband has never asked me why it sits there....

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  122. You are too funny Alex....I must admit I have way too many rulers, magazine, patterns and books....not to mention fabric....but I don't smoke or drink....if I have to have a bad habit....I'll pick spending on quilting anythings....The only gadget I have to admit to is the sidewinder ...and I use it only to wind my bobbins for my long arm machine ...I luv it for that purpose but would not use it for winding bobbins for my domestic machine. Thanks for the chuckles today Alex....

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  123. I have never bought any of these products, but only because I am on a very tight budget. I do have tons of magazines that I never use. I gave up purchasing these several years ago for lack of room. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  124. I love her humour! I do not own any of these gadgets, but I do have a small magazine stash. I'm trying to cut back though!

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  125. I don't have ANY of these items !!!Can't believe it...Barbara A.

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  126. Luckily, I did not purchase any of the gadgets you described. However, my downfall is quilt patterns and magazines. I have enough to stock a quilt store. I am now in the process of giving ones I no longer want to friends or donating to my guild. It feels good!

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  127. I still smile.I don´t any of your gadgets but have magazines.

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  128. Fell for the handle , bobbin winder and magazines. I can't believe how sensible I am in other areas ans so gullible when it comes to my quilting needs

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  129. Not sure this is working....didn't see my post after I submitted it...so here goes again...the last thing I stitched was some small washcloths for a friend's birthday.

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  130. Mares de gargalhadas,obrigada.Eu não comprei nada que você comprou,mais...encher bobinas é um saco...Comprei um overloc que praticamente não uso.Pior já tinha um que comprei de segunda mão,fiz algumas colchas de malha e só.O que é útil eu não tenho:Placa de corte,cortadores etc...procurei por aqui a tal da placa de dresdem e não achei.Fiz uma improvisação e deu certo.Pelo Amor de DEUS volte sempre.Beijos

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  131. There is one I am glad I didn't buy. I thought I had to have a bias maker.

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  132. What a hoot!

    The Math on the cost of those magazine piles was more information than I wanted to know......I have been known to stand in the grocery and use my calculator to find the best value for paper towels and toilet paper....IYIYIYI! Save a tree!!!!

    I was hemming and hawing about the cost of a ticket to a theme park and my wonderful friend going with me said, "yep, like you have never spent more in less time in a quilt shop."

    We all have to "pink" our priorities.

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  133. Dear Alex,
    Glad to know that I am such good company in falling for every tool.! I'm very glad to read the post on the bias binding tape maker. I really though I wanted it sooo much but didn't get it because of the price thus far. Now I'm rethinking the whole idea. lol
    Thanks
    cheers
    maggie

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  134. I guess I can feel pretty smug...I haven't fallen for any of those products! Thanks for a good laugh!

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  135. I don't have any of these gadgets but you should see the stupid looking $85 lamp/thing to hang around my neck for handwork. It looks ridiculous and it's hot! Only used it once. Want it ?:-)

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  136. It made me feel so good to know that there is someone else out there who have made purchases just because and them no used them and don't even know where they are now.

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  137. Oh, boy, do I feel better now. I have contemplated every single stinkin one of those "got to have" notions, and I've just never been able to cough up the money....I'm just too cheap! So, it's really nice to hear they're just a waste of money anyway! Now I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. Tho, I would like to figure out how to iron the binding without burning the crap outta my finger tips!

    So, what did I fall for? OK, to be honest, I actually met the maker & her hubby, and they are such dear, sweet people, and the way they demonstrated the ruler made it look SOOOO easy...of course, I bought one, and with such grandiose plans for making scallop edges on EVERYthing...

    In reality tho....sewing those 1 inch scallops is a royal pain in the ARSE. I guess I'm just not very good at such small half circles. Then, turning them inside out wasn't much fun either. I guess that's why I only did one row of 'em & scrapped the whole darned thing. The ruler & its shaper tool (that I paid extra for) now hang nicely as a wall decoration. They also serve to remind me that cheap is fine.

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  138. I too have fallen into the trap of buying those must have gizmos. The gripper for the ruler and bias tape maker are my purchases and I have started my magazine collection. I am working on my black and white quilt at the moment. Thanks Reba

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  139. I guess I am not a quilt tool snob so I went to the local Harbor Freight and bought a shower grabber bar with the same type suction cups for about $8 and it works just fine. Now, as for rulers and rotary cutters and scissors, that's another story so don't get me started cause I have way more than I need.

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  140. love your story been there done that

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  141. Ha ha, really enjoyed your guest post;>) No, I don't own any of those particular items (and thanks to you now I won't!) but I probably have too many rulers of various types and sizes (at least one or two never even used)and yet I always seem to go back to the same 2 or 3 over and over again.
    Rhonda (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  142. Did anyone mention Clover's Yo-yo makers? I have almost all of them. Maybe the unusual ones, like the butterfly, I can get a pass on. But the circle ones? Takes three times as long to make the yo-yo and you're limited to the sizes that Clover makes. I'm an idiot. Then, there's the needle felting tool and mat. Had to have them. Tried once. Broke all 5 needles within 5 minutes. Cost of the tool, mat, wool, roving...nevermind. Yep, I feel your pain, Alex!

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  143. Alex this is wonderful....You made my some what horrible day a bit better. Yes I have purchased one of those items you mentioned and wonder why (bobbin threader). The things you say are so true..

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  144. Your magazine mountain looks like a "hill" compared to what I have stashed. I'm a prime candidate for that reality show "Hoarders". Seriously ... the one quilting tool that I HAD to purchase and have ever used (and probably never will) is a set of those "turner tubes". $40 that could have gone towards fabric {{{sigh}}}

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  145. Hmm - I'm pretty new to this whole game, and don't have extra $ to spend on non-essentials, so I would say... nothing! I only buy what I must have.

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  146. OH MY! I've been considering the bobbin winder and the bias tape maker! I kept putting it off because I would rather put the money into fabric purchases or needles for my sewing machine (which I seem to change more often than I change my... well you get it!).

    I'm rather new to sewing and thought these two instruments would make my life easier. I'm so glad for this post! Knowing my hesitation was well worth it! So, It seems I'll be putting more money into fabric and needles! Thanks Alex!

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  147. I use a gripper made to stick to the wall in the shower for my rulers. Looks just like yours, except mine is white and cost me $1 at a thrift store. I have a pink bobbin winder like yours that I purchased at my quilt guilds quilt show. I have vintage, people powered sewing machines, so, I use mine all the time (and I'm looking for another one). I have the cord, I haven't tried it with batteries. I have LOTS of magazines. Don't have the other items.

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  148. Your post certainly made me laugh. I do have one of those on your list...the quilting calculator. I purchased it on clearance (maybe that was a hint). I have played with it but really haven't used it. Seemed pretty confusing.
    I'm pretty certain that we have all purchased a few must have products that really didn't hit the mark. Thanks for sharing.

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  149. Well Alex I LOL at your post because I to have succumb to a few of those things ie. Bobbin Winder, which I use but I could really use my machine,but I keep mine plugged in at all time I read the instructions and tried to put binding in little slit (no go) easier to do with iron and quicker. I still buy occasional magazine but not like I use too. Sometimes I just think I am just a little crazy . I am going to restrain myself from now on. LOL Blessings Sandra

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  150. Alex I am laughing out loud! Great message. Just think ladies we have helped the economy! An excerpt from the Business Journal: A Quilting in America 2010 survey found that U.S. quilters spend $3.6 billion annually on fabric, sewing machines and other materials. I don't have any of the things you mentioned accept for having more quilting magazines with beautiful pictures of quilts. I will never make all of them let along maybe one out of each magazine. They are taking up space because I won't part with them. Thus I have curtailed magazine purchases. I have contemplated buying the Bobbin Threader. Thank you for saving me the expense.

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  151. I just took a look at this post and, as I saw each item I said to myself... "Yup, have it, dont use it", lol!

    Janice M.

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