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My secret quiltin' tool
« on: December 14, 2014, 04:28:48 PM »
The first pict is I' what I have on my lanyard. The li'le scissors that Debbie gave me & a pair o' tweezers.
The second pict is o' my needle stacked w/4 stitches.
The third pict shows that I can't git a good hold o' the needle.
The last picts are o' the tweezers pullin' the needle through the quilt.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2014, 05:11:05 PM by dublb »
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 04:37:50 PM »
Look like a lot of work.

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 05:09:38 PM »
Yup, but so relaxin'! :) It is so much faster if I can take more stitches stacked on the needle. I am able ta make smaller stitches on the muslin than the applique.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2014, 05:28:51 PM »
I use hemostats to pull the needle threw. It's easier than tweezers. I get them from the scissors guy at the quilt show in Ky every year.  And they are not expensive.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2014, 05:43:54 PM »
I use hemostats to pull the needle threw. It's easier than tweezers. I get them from the scissors guy at the quilt show in Ky every year.  And they are not expensive.

Me too. Better grip.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2014, 07:08:03 PM »
I think that the hemostats would be great. I broke the ones that I had before I had the chance ta use 'em for quiltin'. LOL I love usin' what ever we have. This pair o' tweezers were terrible for tweezin my eyebrows but great for pullin' needles. The thing that I liked the most is havin' 'em on my lanyard. So easy ta git ta. :)
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2014, 07:16:51 PM »
Love the little scissors with the rounded tips. I gave so many of those away when I found a box of them on sale.....love it. But I like those cute tweezers too.
I will have to get some hemostats to you too. I have a box of those too.
Smallest ones would work.
Thanks for the tip.
I'm more of a freelance stitcher, whatever gets on the needle is fine with me as long as i can do it without fuss. No one is going to be counting my stitches LOL

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2014, 07:34:26 PM »
Love the little scissors with the rounded tips. I gave so many of those away when I found a box of them on sale.....love it. But I like those cute tweezers too.
I will have to get some hemostats to you too. I have a box of those too.
Smallest ones would work.
Thanks for the tip.
I'm more of a freelance stitcher, whatever gets on the needle is fine with me as long as i can do it without fuss. No one is going to be counting my stitches LOL

I do love those tiny scissors that ya gave me. They don't stab me when I sit &not when I forgit that I have 'em on & go ta bed w/'em. (I mostly have done that at retreats.) LOL Hmmm I might need ta git 'em sharpened. I sure have used 'em a-lot.
I try ta take even stitches no matter what size they are. I don't always do but I do try. They are gittin' smaller every time I quilt somethin'. The first few stitches are the ones that I try ta keep the size for the rest o' the quilt. I agree nobody is gonna count my stitches or look at how even they are. It is somethin' I try ta do for me. :)
I am so glad that no one is countin' the stitches nor lookin' at how even they are 'cause they aren't what I want 'em ta be.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2014, 10:49:29 PM »
Those scissors are cute.  Not seen them before.  Just the 'school' ones with the rounded tops.  I'll have to check for those.  I have the tweezers - terrible for tweezing the brows but great for grabbing needles.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2014, 12:05:25 AM »
Those scissors are cute.  Not seen them before.  Just the 'school' ones with the rounded tops.  I'll have to check for those.  I have the tweezers - terrible for tweezing the brows but great for grabbing needles.

There is somethin' about those tweezers for grabbin the needle. I love havin' 'em on the lanyard too.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2014, 06:03:05 AM »
We quilters are some inventive peeps, whatever works to get the job done.  ;D
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2014, 07:40:42 AM »
I use hemostats too but not for pulling needles, they get a good workout pulling out snipped stitches when it is "ripping time", which is more and more often, it seems to me.
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2014, 10:11:28 AM »
Burns, these came in plastic cases and are used in hospitals....believe it or not. They stay sharp a while. How did you miss getting some? Next time I run across them in my sewing room, I'll send you some....I know it has kept a few of us from stabbing ourselves....

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2014, 06:35:40 PM »
I use needle-nose pliers.  I can push the needle stacked with stitches through the fabric (thimbles just don't work for me).  They do a great job of grabbing the needle as I pull it.  Hardest part was to train my hubby that my pliers were not for general "household free-for-all" repairs.  Nothing worse than finding them greased up when you want to use them.

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2014, 09:56:19 PM »
I use needle-nose pliers.  I can push the needle stacked with stitches through the fabric (thimbles just don't work for me).  They do a great job of grabbing the needle as I pull it.  Hardest part was to train my hubby that my pliers were not for general "household free-for-all" repairs.  Nothing worse than finding them greased up when you want to use them.

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My DM uses needle nose pliers. I have also used 'em. I like the tweezers because I can wear 'em around my neck. The advantage ta the needle nose is I can find 'em when the tweezers are lost. LOL
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2014, 06:19:38 PM »
I have an awesome tool called a needle grabber/puller I think.  It fits on two of my fingers
and a plunger that you push with your thumb and pull the needle through.  I think it was about $9.95 and worth every penny.


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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2014, 06:30:49 PM »
Kool Aurora!
I am glad that we all can find what ever works for each o' us! :)
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2014, 12:14:54 AM »

Hey girl! How are ya?
My DM uses needle nose pliers. I have also used 'em. I like the tweezers because I can wear 'em around my neck. The advantage ta the needle nose is I can find 'em when the tweezers are lost. LOL

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2014, 01:58:01 AM »

Hey girl! How are ya?
My DM uses needle nose pliers. I have also used 'em. I like the tweezers because I can wear 'em around my neck. The advantage ta the needle nose is I can find 'em when the tweezers are lost. LOL


Now you know why I use the pliers!  I can lose tweezers too easily.  LOL



Yup it happens. The lanyard sure helps!
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2015, 07:39:18 AM »
I use my scissors to pull needles when they get balky. If you open them up - the cutting blades form one part of an X - the other part, between the handles, works well to grip the needle. These are small scissors.

Also, if you ever are having stitches taken out in a doctor's office, ask if you can have the scissors they use. Long and pointy, excellent for sewing, and they THROW THEM OUT after one use. You may be able to get some long tweezers too.

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2015, 08:58:08 AM »
Those hemostats at the doctor's office are great. I can't believe they don't re-sterilize them but they recycle. I have about 20 of them different sizes...love them for pulling jobs. :)


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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2015, 09:40:13 AM »
I wear one of those rubber finger tips on my index finger for pulling the needle. It is right there, and you never have to pick it up to use.  They are the kind you get at office supply stores for sorting papers, or banks use them for counting money.

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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2015, 11:10:46 PM »
Kool, Sue! :) I'll have to go & see about getting some of those. :)
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2015, 09:59:28 AM »
It looks like you all have mentioned all the things I've tried for pulling the slippery needle through when I quilt.  My grip is not good due to basal joint arthritis so I first tried a pair of jewelry pliers.  That worked really well but it takes twice as long to quilt.  You have to take off your thimbles, pick up the pliers, pull the needle through, put the pliers down, put the thimbles back on.... and repeat.  That extra motion takes way too much time.

Then I bought the needle puller thingy that goes on your finger.  You put the needle end through the hole, push the plunger that grabs the needle, pull it through and repeat.  Okay, that shortened the time for pulling the needle through because the puller thingy was right there, on your finger. Sometimes it would take a bit to put the needle into the hole.  I'm old.... I have to strain my eyes to see that hole.   So, I was still too impatient.

Then, I went to a QS that had ladies doing hand quilting on certain days.  I sat down with them and watched, ask questions and told them of my 'pulling the needle through' problems.  They have latex rubber finger tips that they roll onto their fingers and it works like one of those paper turning rubber tips but not as thick.  Waa Laa..... now my problem is solved.  I use my 'quilt condoms' (okay, that's what they look like and remind me of) and I don't have any problems pulling the needle through any more.  A package of those was really cheap and if I poke a hole in one, I can just grab another from the package.  I think there were a dozen or so in the package.

So, now you know my story.  I keep condoms in my purse...... quilt condoms!!
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Re: My secret quiltin' tool
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2015, 09:36:16 PM »
ROTFLOL&ICGU! I love it Nanna!
BEV

My initals are BB so dublb is Double B. :)

May God bless ya & keep ya!

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