Thursday, December 8, 2011

Little Things To Make Quilting Easier and Safer

Here are a few little tools to make your work easier or less painful.

    Thermal Thimbles!  Finally something for those of us whose fingers get in the way when ironing.  Silicone finger tips, like the old rubber fingers used in offices, protect you when you want to press tiny pieces and need to get a finger in close to help keep the seam flat.  The package has 3 sizes, one of each, for $5.99. 
 This is the Fons & Porter Luma Lighter.  It makes threading machine needles a snap. This spring-loaded threader has an ergonomic soft grip handle that fits comfortably in the hand. An added feature is the LED light for better visibility.  If your machine doesn't have a needle threader and you have reached a certain age, this is for you!  It is $14.59

Tweezers with Magnifying Glass... and it's attached!  No more looking for glasses.  The tweezer part can swing away from the tweezers making the magnification larger.  I think about removing the itty-bitty pieces of paper when paper piecing.  Maybe I could use the tweezers to hold thick thread while I try to thread a needle.  I would save looking for a second pair of glasses.  Or finding and pulling out tiny bits of thread caught around the bobbin casing.  Time and trouble savers for only $7.49.

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