Sew Many Tips - May/June 2006

Handy Tool Holder
I put a small piece of self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape on my seam ripper and the opposite piece on my sewing machine. My seam ripper is always close at hand and easy to find. I also made a small, rectangular pincushion and attached it the same way.
Roz Agulnik, St. Luc, Quebec
Take-Along Project Bag
The bags that bedsheets, pillowcases, and dust ruffles come in make great project bags. They are see-through, zip shut, and are just the right size to toss in your purse so you can take a project along to work on while waiting in a doctor’s office or at a child’s ball game.
Susan Messer, Mulliken, MI
Fabric Shopping Aid
I make color copies of quilt blocks I am working on to take with me to the fabric store in case I see a fat quarter or fabric that I think will match my colors. This keeps me from buying something that just won’t match.
Geraldine Wiktor, Canton, MI
Magnetic Pick-Up Tool
My friend John McEldowney is very supportive of his wife’s quilting passion. He gave her a magnetic tool to pick up pins from the floor. Sweep across the floor to pick up pins; squeeze the handle to release them. This tool costs just a few dollars at a hardware store.
Pam Ashbaugh for John and Charlotte McEldowney, Tucson, AZ
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