Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #45 – Favorite New Studio Tools

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! October is flying by…traveling will do that to you. I’ll post a little about my trip later, but I did want to share with you 2 new things in my sewing studio that make me happy every time I use them! I think some of you may need them in your sewing rooms, too.

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here are September’s links.

  • Yvonne’s post on thread selection
  • Andrée’s post on fun free motion quilting designs

Some Posts that Caught My Eye

Summer is a busy time and moving into fall came up for me so quickly. I made notes of these posts, and thought you might like to take a look at some of them.

And now, we will move on to this month’s content.

Two New Sewing Tools

Stackable Thread Storage and a few others

The first problem I was trying to solve was how to store my embroidery threads. On the shop hop, I found these thread stackers*, that are made by OESD. They don’t look like much but they are great for these larger spools of thread. My threads are mostly Floriani but there I also have some Glide thread in this size. It really is nice to take apart and grab the threads you need.

Now, I do use other storage boxes and this is probably why I wanted a solution that was similar. For other threads (Aurifil and Mettler spools), I have used the Art Bin Thread storage* and like these alot.

They have been a workhorse in my studio for years.

And, in case you aren’t familiar with Art Bin’s other boxes* for storing projects, and they are far superior to some of the less expensive ones that I have bought in art supply stores….just saying.

This one is holding a number pf things that were on my old seeing cabinet. I needed a quick place to put them and this is working well for now. And, unlike my ziploc bags, (which I do use) they don’t slip and slide all over the place.

My New Favorite Seam Ripper

The Little Gypsy Lighted Seam Ripper* is awesome! I often need a little more light to see the stitch and this does the trick – especially when the stitches are tiny or the thread matches so closely it disappears into the fabric.

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Past Tips and Tutorials

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Coming Up on My Blog

Finish Yoga Quilt #1
Baby Girl Quilt
Ultimate Travel Bag
SeaGlass Joy QAL

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  1. karenfae
    October 22, 2023 / 1:33 PM

    Maybe this will help someone with foundation paper piece

  2. October 22, 2023 / 2:54 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Wow! I never would have thought about a lighted seam ripper but now I wonder how they weren’t invented earlier?! That is an amazing tip and one that I hope I don’t need to use too often, but when I do it would be REALLY handy. Thanks for the linky party! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. October 22, 2023 / 3:01 PM

    Hi Kathleen, I have used the PDF making tool that you recommended last month. Thanks!

  4. October 23, 2023 / 8:49 AM

    I’m off to check out thread storage and the lighted ripper – great ideas!
    I love storing projects in bins. I have two IRIS rolling carts with clear plastic drawers/bins in use in my sewing space for my growing pile of UFOs. I label each drawer and can see each project at a glance.

  5. October 23, 2023 / 9:31 AM

    A lighted seam ripper – brilliant! I’m always hovering under my lamp to see the stitching that needs to be ripped.

  6. October 30, 2023 / 6:00 PM

    That lighted seam ripper–be still my… eyeballs, lol. I was just peering at my quilt top extracting a few stitches (picking out quilting is the worst) and thinking ugh I need more light here or better glasses – wait those are on their way.

  7. November 9, 2023 / 3:56 AM

    A seam ripper with a light!!! I had tweezers with a light – great for pulling loose threads from seams and cleaning around the bobbin race of my machine. But a seam ripper with a light!!!

My Favorite Tools

Pins with Numbers & Arrows
Annies Soft and Stable Foam Stabilizer
By Annie’s Clear Vinyl
Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
Fusible Appliqué Paper
Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Clearly Perfect Angles
Slotted Triangle Trimmer