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« on: July 20, 2005 08:47:54 AM »

a button gauge. The sliding kind of gauge. So besides your sewing machine, what tool is completely indispensable to you?

Why I love the button gauge:

1. I use it to check and re-check that I have the correct seam allowance.

2. I use it measure out my interfacings so that they are slightly smaller than the fabric (they scratch the interfacing really well to create the lines I need to cut out).

3. I use it as duh... a button gauge!  Grin

What is your special tool of  choice and why?

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2005 08:50:53 AM »

I'm a total spaz, so I'm gonna have to say that my seam ripper is my favorite tool.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2005 08:56:52 AM »

Yeah, mine's a stitch ripper, too.
'Course, I'm still a real beginner. My sewing machine doesn't even HAVE a tension setting, because I cheaped out and got a really entry level one.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2005 11:27:26 AM »

I would have to go with Scissors.  Pins get second place.  One of the first steps in any sewing project, is to cut it out.  The sewing gauge is very useful, and versatile.  I hardly ever use my seam ripper.
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005 11:33:20 AM »

i've got to say my rotary cutter, and nice sharp blades.  sure they go through your fingers every now and then, and even through the side of your arm if you aren't careful, but i love perfectly cut straight lines.

i would say my serger, because i am really pick about finished seams, but mine broke the other day and now i can't afford to get it fixed or replaced...so i guess i can live without it.

I hardly ever use my seam ripper.

i hardly ever use mine either.  in fact, i don't even know where it is...
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2005 12:07:14 PM »

I hardly ever use my seam ripper.

i hardly ever use mine either.  in fact, i don't even know where it is...

omg!! i rely on mine so much!! maybe it's because i ent that good at sewing - but neway!
so i guess itd b that or my measuring tape, altho i screw that up alot too  Roll Eyes xxx

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2005 12:36:42 PM »

Measureing tape, second place goes to scissors.  I use my seam ripper quite abit but not nearly as much as my measureing tape or my scissors.

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2005 12:42:32 PM »

Scissors! then measuring tape. but i wish i had a rotary cutter  Undecided o well

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2005 01:10:35 PM »

My nice big work counter.  I really like to spread things out and see everything at once. 

I can throw a cutting mat on one end, an ironing pad at the other, and I can do anything.


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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2005 01:27:08 PM »

I'm a total spaz, so I'm gonna have to say that my seam ripper is my favorite tool.

I love my seam ripper like crazy.  Somehow I end up using it in just about everything I sew... I don't know why.  Sometimes I use it to cut thread when I'm too lazy to find scissors.

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