Between the sewing needles and the rotary cutter, the sewing room can be a dangerous room. Not only do we want to protect our fingers, but we also want to protect our quilting tools and fabrics. This week we have a few quilting tips that will ensure you don’t suffer any disappointments or trips to the emergency room in any quilt project now or in the future.
Tip #1: Point Protectors
I use pencil grips to protect the points of my small pointed scissors. They also help prevent poking and cutting fingers.
Tip #2: Basting Tip
When safety pin basting, use a crochet hook or a grapefruit spoon to help catch the points of the pins as they emerge from under the quilt. These tools save your fingers and help close the safety pin.
Tip #3: Acid Protection
If you use a wooden hoop to quilt, consider sealing the wood with a good polyurethane finish to protect fabrics from the acid in the wood.
Tip #4: A Washing Caution
Avoid using fabric softener in the washer or dryer when you prewash fabrics that you later intend to fuse. Fusible web will not adhere properly to fabrics treated with fabric softener.
Tip #5: Accidents Happen
If you have accidentally fused an appliqué in the wrong place, use a fabric softener dryer sheet as a pressing cloth to loosen the web so you can remove the appliqué to reposition it.
Tip #6: Finger Protection
For when you don’t have a thimble, wrap a strip of ordinary, white adhesive tape around the end of the finger that you use under the quilt when hand quilting to help protect your finger.
Tip #7: Clean and Heal
Use a dry, nylon kitchen scrubby to clean your cutting mat. It will clean away all the lint and threads and help heal the mat as well.
When your quilting mentor taught you how to quilt, did he or she always have a rule of thumb for quilting safety? From all the Fons & Porter quilting tutorials I’ve seen, I know a quilting safety glove is an absolute must. Fons & Porter editor Jean Nolte says, “We are always safety conscious when it comes to rotary cutting. This glove will help prevent serious cuts. No quilter has time for a trip to the emergency room!”
Happy Quilting and Stay Safe!