That was fun! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving comments. There were so many great tips and favorite tools. Of course rotary cutter and seam ripper, Clover clips, double checking your 1/4″ seam, double checking your measurements before cutting, pressing, and the ever popular glue basting.
Here were some that I hadn’t heard before:
Mary Lou said, “This is a very old tip – when hand sewing and your needle starts to feel a bit dull – just rub on your scalp a tiny bit and you will be surprised at what a difference it will make.”
KeriCan: “Just learned how to turn perfect corners by sewing a loop of thread into the corner, using it to pull the corner out, then pulling the thread loop out!”
Kat: “I recently made myself a stiletto out of a turkey lacer, and I have found more uses for it than I would have believed.”
Jayne, “I love using my Hera marker! Its made machine quilting a breeze!”
Nancy: “I will share this tip: when leaving an opening for turning right sides out, I sew from the edge in to where the seam allowance starts. Then sew the seam allowance all around. I stop where I need to opening, pivot and sew out to the fabric edge. I leave long thread tails at both the start and finish spots. These will be my sewing threads after I have turned the project right sides out.”
As for me, I love my seam ripper with the rubber end like an eraser. Pulls the leftover threads right out. I like to spray starch and press my fabrics before cutting and sewing and I press throughout the whole process. Love my small square ruler for trimming half-square triangles. Love my magnetic pin bowl.
And finally, the winner is: