Monday, December 9, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day...

Hi Everyone,

We are taking a break from Handmade Holidays today. 

It is that Day of Days the ever anticipated Giveaway Day...

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For our Giveaway how about a Fat Quarter Bundle of Mint To Be :


All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is leave a comment below telling me the one notion you can't live without. Please leave Rotary Cutters, Mats, and Sewing Machines off. Anything that isn't a "standard item" is fair game. I will read all of the comments and the person that that brings up the item that I pick to go on my notions wall will win. This Giveaway is open to all including our International guests. It will close December 13 at 5 p.m. PST

Don't forget to go on over to Sew Mama Sew and enter all of the other giveaways.

730 comments:

  1. Basting spray! Does that count as a notion? Changed my life. :)

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  2. I would have to say my tape measure.....I think I have a total of 4. They just need to be hanging around my neck and help me keep my measurements right. :)

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  3. Good morning, the one notion that I can't live without is my retractable tape measure.

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  4. OHhhh you know I love me some good Wonder Clips!! They are so fun for my fave part of quiling...binding!! :) and ohhhh that Mint color is fabulous!! ♥♥♥

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  5. My seam ripper is my most valued tool. It helps me succeed by being a stiletto and extra hand. It helps me unpick my 'oops' so I can rest itch and be on my way. The days I love most are the days I hardly touch my seam ripper but it gives me confidence by always being right there! ✂️

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  6. I use my seam rippe all the time. Can't do a project without it.

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  7. My ergonomic seam ripper. I don't leave home without it.

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  8. It has to be my seam ripper since I make so many mistakes. I have 3 I am always misplacing them.

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  9. Love my mat and rotary cutter I couldn't imagine living without it.

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  10. well lately the one item I cannot live without has been my walking foot!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! These are really pretty fabrics!!!

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  11. Hmmm. One notion I cannot live without. That might be my seam ripper, "God loves a cheerful ripper". I also use my stiletto!! But I guess my FINAL answer without asking the audience would be my extra fine glass headed pins!!!! I love those extra fine pins and I pin everything as I sew for precise sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  12. Yea I gotta go with the seam ripper too! I didn't realize that you could actually wear one out and would be forced to purchase another one...

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  13. Definitely my large economic seam ripper, i had a small plastic one before that was pretty useless and this has made a horrible chore much easier!!

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  14. Yea I gotta go with the seam ripper too! I didn't realize that you could actually wear one out and would be forced to purchase another one...

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  15. Yea I gotta go with the seam ripper too! I didn't realize that you could actually wear one out and would be forced to purchase another one...

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  16. Notions that I can't live without are my 6"x24" ruler, my wonder clips, pins and seam ripper!

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  17. Stiletto! I use mine all the time to make sure the points match as I sew so my fingers are out of the way. I use it when I'm ironing to keep from getting burned while ironing those tiny points. Also use it to pull threads.

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  18. My 2 1/2 inch ruler is my favorite tool of all times!

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  19. Gingher scissors, 6x24 rulers and 12.5 inch square ruler. And, lately, 10 inch paper piecing squares!

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  20. I have a small pair of Gingher sharp pointed scissors that I can't live without!

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  21. My Add-a-Quarter ruler! Paper piecing game changer.

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  22. I would say my grandfathers cigarette box as I use it now on the way with a little rainbow pincushion inside. Everything fits in the tiny tin

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  23. I would have to say a disappearing ink pen for marking on fabric. Seriously helps me keep my sanity sometimes!

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  24. Sadly my seam ripper is also my best friend:( Wonder clips are a close runner up. They are so useful so so many things.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  25. Seam ripper and my thread cutters. Thread cutters are worn around my neck so I have them handy.

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  26. I like my pen that disappears when you iron over it. I use it for marking my quilts and anything else that needs marking.

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  27. Wonder clips! Makes binding so much easier!

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  28. I'll have to say seam ripper, as well, but one notion I really like when I need it is the Bloc Loc Flying Geese ruler. My geese are no longer a little wonky!

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  29. The little gold backed needles!!! Oh and basting spray!!!

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  30. My favorite notion would have to be
    my seam ripper - for I'm NEVER mistake-free!

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  31. Pinmoors. I love them. They have changed my basting and quilting life!

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  32. disappearing marker for making all those sewing points that are so important.

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  33. Thread snips! I have to have two because I'm always misplacing them.

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  34. I would go with my sewing caddy!! Actually I have two: one that I bought and one that I made... both keep my other notions in order so I know where to find them!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. My Creative Grids Rulers. I have vision issues and I used to have a different type of quilting rulers with which it was so much harder to see what I was cutting. With the new Creative Grid rulers it is so much easier to read the lines and cut accurately. Other rulers I cannot create without are my Hex n More and my Quick Curve Ruler and my Tri Recs. Good rulers are a must have for quilting. Thanks for a chance to win the yummy fabric ... :) Pat

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  36. My Visa card. But, you can't put that on the wall, so I'm sticking with my creative grids rulers. I love the lines and the grips.

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  37. I love my Gingher applique scissors. They are my favorite.

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  38. My glass headed pins. Love that I can Iron right over em, and they're easy to pick up.

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  39. My hem ruler... I don't even know if that's what it's called... The little metal ruler with a moveable plastic marker to help you mark your hems before ironing :)

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  40. I have a wooden seam roller that I used to use for wallpapering, and now I use for piecing! It's wonderful for pressing when paper piecing and also for pressing seams open without burned fingers! I still use my iron, but for some things I prefer the roller.

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  41. My Kwik Klip!
    It makes opening, closing, adding and removing pin-basting so much easier and less painful. I have tendinitis in my wrists and a weak grasp, so this notion is a lifesaver.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. My lint roller. I buy them by the basket. I have one by my machine, one on my cutting table. And now my daughter has started using them constantly too. They are awesome for cleaning up the sewing table and cutting table in between projects. Using to go over quilt tops quickly before quilting them. Also to help pull all the threads up when you have to rip stitches out. And I use them sometimes on my sewing chair and floor too.

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  43. My new favorite is an equilateral triangle ruler

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  44. Seam ripper! Never undertake any project without it.

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  45. I've made myself a pincushion brooch and that has to be the one item I can't do without. When sewing on the go, doing EPP and other hand sewing projects I have a habit of stick needles and pins in my jumper when not using them. The pincushion is a much better option.

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  46. I love love love little pink snippers. They art great to cut threads, are nice and sharp, and even have a cover to they don't poke things in my sewing basket.

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  47. seam ripper …

    Melani
    hippolicious at hotmail dot com

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  48. Bobkin when I need it I need it.

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  49. Sad to say, my seam ripper is my friend, but I also love my Aurifil thread!

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  50. Chopsticks -- for turning out those corners!

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  51. It would have to be a seam ripper. I can't think of a substitute.

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  52. my magnetic pin catcher/holder/tray thing, I can just toss and they stick!
    It also doubles as a pattern weight when I'm tracing and need a third hand to hold down a corner or side.

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  53. Seam ripper! I may not be thrilled that I have to use it, but it comes in handy.

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  54. Painter's tape. I use it to mark the accurate 1/4 inch mark on my antique and vintage machines all the time.

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  55. I would have to say my design wall! it's a fons and porter with the holes for hanging. It's a life saver!!

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  56. This week, my seam ripper. I sewed a zipper in backwards - ugh.

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  57. I have 1 notion that I use all. the. time: My caddy/pin cushion that holds my thread scissors, seam rippers, sewing guage, pens, etc. with my quilt pins arround the outside. Seriously. Can't live without it!

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  58. seam ripper, although it's not original (at least I think most people need that! (I hope!)) original is my wooden 12" ruler that I use for hemming and other measurements--it's perfect because it starts at 0 on the edge...no dead space!

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  59. I have a small pair of snips with curved blades that lives next to my sewing machine. I use to it clip threads and clip apart units when I'm piecing, trim threads when I'm free motion quilting, and it doubles as a seam ripper when I just need to take out a bit of stitching.

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  60. I love the clover wonder clips!

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  61. Definitely my marbled acrylic seam ripper that Amy Friend of duringquiettime's husband made. Unfortunately I end up having to rip seams out (way too much), and I figure if I have to do that ucky chore, I should do it with something that makes me smile!!

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  62. Hello,
    Seam ripper, is very useful :)

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  63. I can't live without my frixion pen. I dunno how I did it for years, before.

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  64. not sure if a "pin cushion/thread catcher" is a notion, but it travels with me wherever I go...the dining room table, my sewing table, the arm of the couch...you get the idea :)and it was made for me by my only ever sewing neighbor, Donis :)

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  65. Probably the glass of wine I use to console myself when I've messed up yet again, lol. :)

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  66. I do ALL my sewing by hand and my fingers would die if it wasn't for my thimbles. I have so many for different things but couldn't live without any of them!

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  67. I love my tiny 99p snips for getting off all those loose threads and in between chain piecing

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  68. Oh, would have to be my tiny little scissors...I use them to snip the threads when chain piecing, when I'm stitching binding, and to cut the holes for buttonholes. I always have them right next to me when sewing!!!

    caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. the obvious but totally necessary rotary cutter

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  70. Alas, I must join the seam ripper crowd!

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  71. With all of the holiday sewing I am doing lately it would have to be my seam ripper. My inner perfectionist rears her ugly head when gifts are involved!

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  72. Wonderclips! They make binding a breeze!

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  73. My clover seam ripper. I never knew there was a difference in quality until I used it!

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  74. my small sharp pointed Gingher scissors have been my must have for every project I do.

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  75. My quarter-inch foot, for sure! Thanks for participating in such a fun day!!

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  76. I think my Add a Quarter Inch Ruler - now I really enjoy paper piecing!

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  77. My little rubber thimble! My fingers would never survive without it!

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  78. my stiletto! if I didn't have my stiletto I would have sewn my fingers into my machine a million times. before my friend gave me one I sewed my finger 4 times with the machine.

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  79. 505 Spray, for sure! I am desperate for someone who values pricepoint as much as your shop does to begin carrying this product!

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  80. I'm sad to say but it's my seam ripper

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  81. my make-shift design board. I love to have things up there to inspire and keep me going.

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  82. I love the water soluble marker - so clever and useful!!

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  83. I love my 1/4 inch foot, and my Mum, who does most of my pressing for me, so I can spend more time sewing.

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  84. Clover binding clips. I use them for all sorts of things besides quilting.

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  85. My Oliso iron. Can't imagine pressing 500 half-square triangles without it! :)

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  86. I could not be without my battery operated seam ripper

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  87. I love my Purple Thang. It is probably the least expensive tool I have ever purchased, but it is one of my most used tools. It's perfect for it's obvious use, pushing out points, but I also use it as a stiletto and one end is a handy quarter inch measure.

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  88. I love my needle that I can thread by NOT sticking the thread thru the hole, but by pulling the thread down through the top slot. It's called a cheater needle, and it's fantastic for pulling the thread ends down into the quilt sandwich to hide them (after 1st knotting the two threads).

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  89. It's a tie between my new Seam Fix seam ripper and my Curvemaster sewing machine foot. Genius, both of them.

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  90. My favorite sewing notion is the Seam Fix Seam ripper. I realize that the seam ripper is an essential, but I like the "eraser" on this seam ripper to get rid of all the little bits and pieces of thread.

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  91. I have to have my magnetic pin cushion beside me. It is so much easier to toss pins in the direction of it and much easier to grab them. I have had it for about 25 years now.

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  92. Clover Wonder Clips! Can't live without them, although I guess I used to have to. ;)

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  93. While my seam ripper does seem to be my best friend, I assume that is in the ordinary notion category, so I am going to say my glue stick. I've been doing a lot of paper piecing and applique lately, and the stick comes in handy!

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  94. Painters tape! Perfect for holding my quilt together till I get it pinned!

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  95. I love my ring pincushion. So handing for when you're sewing and removing pins as you go.

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  96. Rotary cutter, cutting mat, rulers, seam ripper, seam guide, these are the things I work with most.
    The bundles are fabulous. Thanks for the chance!

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  97. I like my bodkins for turning bag handles. Thanks!

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  98. Thinking of how I sew, I have my pincushion and a small pair of scissors next to my machine at all times. And a seam ripper. I use them all so much, I don't think about them but I doubt I could sew without them. Thanks.

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  99. A notion that I use and that isn't the standard stuff, hmm . . . I use my little scissors the most often of anything aside from rulers, rotary cutters etc. It acts as my stiletto and for snipping threads.

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  100. I love my tiny pair of very sharp embroidery scissors that I keep right next to my machine.

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  101. I love using a tool I picked up at Christa Quilts to help in pressing !y seams open. It is something you use when working will wall paper. I think it is called a seam roller???

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  102. My would be a Dritz sewing gauge. I use it to check my 1/4" and also I use one when I am quilting....The end with the sliding marker is great for bringing up the bobbin thread. Thanks

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  103. I'd say Wonder Clips. They're so handy. But my seam ripper comes in a close second.

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  104. Hi, can't do without my 1"x6" small ruler at the machine!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  105. I can't live without my friction pen. I use it for embroidery and placement of applique.

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  106. Beyond the standard seam ripper that my dad made or the stiletto he made for me, I would have to go with Thread Heaven. It is a wax that you pull your thread through when you're hand stitching to keep it from tangling and twisting. I have been doing a ton of hand stitching lately and can't live without it!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    prajaline(at)gmail(dot)com

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  107. I'd say tape - Omingrid glow line for marking acrylic rulers or marking different seams on your sewing machine. And also painters tape.

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  108. My 3.5 by 12.5 Creative Grids ruler. I love that thing.

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  109. Great giveaway Julie :) I can't choose just one notion I'm afraid. It's a tie between Aurifil thread, Clover Wonder clips and my seam ripper!

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  110. Such a generous giveaway! As I'm over the pond I'm guessing I won't be entered for the giveaway. But I wanted to join in the fun anyway! My most favourite 'tool' is an old Camembert box that I filled with pot pourri until the cheesey smell disappeared. It goes with me everywhere I am likely to sew and holds all my 'rubbish' so I don't leave a mess behind me. :-)

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  111. I love my little red Wonder Clips - so useful!!

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  113. I just love my big magnet wand. As I sew along, I pull out pins and just "toss" them at the wand, and they are there to stay. It also corrals my seam ripper and small scissors I use to clip threads.

    The other thing I think you ought to carry in your shop is the Hang-It-Dang-It quilt hanger. It works like a champ and is completely adjustable. I trade out wall quilts seasonally, but can use it interchangeably. It is one thing I consistently recommend to all my art quilter friends.

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  114. My Mom's button box which is now my thread box. It's an old box from the 1939 World's Fair, and I would play with the buttons for hours as a kid. And now it's mine :) Thanks for the great chance to win. VermontPines at aol dot com

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  115. My pin cushions. I have a few of them and use them all. Also the plastic iron thingy (don't know its real name) that is for pressing a seam quickly without an iron.
    Thanks for a wonderful give-away.

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  116. My favorite notion is my super sharp seam ripper!

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  117. Self threading needles. They're perfect for burying threads especially when they are really short. On my list of essentials.

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  118. My favorite notion is Elmer's Washable School Glue. This works great for bindings.

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  119. I have a little magnetic "brooch" for holding pins. Its so handy to have pins on you, but out of the way! Love it!

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  120. Sadly, my seam ripper is one I can't live without.

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  121. Hmmmm...this one's hard to choose. I'd have to say my "The Angle 2" template I have on my machine. My quarter inch seams are so much more exact AND I can sew down diagonals without having to iron or mark them! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  122. I can't live without Clover's Wonder Clips.

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  123. I love my Clover Wonder Clips! I had no idea that I needed them until my husband bought them for me. :)

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  124. Considering my skill level I have to say my seam ripper, but that's pretty commonplace. So here is my new favorite thing. I cut the flip top off a box of Truvia sweetener packets and taped the box to my sewing table. It's my poor white trash version of a thread catcher. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  125. I really do love my Wonder Clips! And blue painter's tape. :)

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  126. I use my little interchangeable tiny screwdriver all the time, (looks like a green pen). I tighten my needles and change sewing feet with it, and use it to refill my color cartridges on my printer - I must have a copy of all the great blogger tutorials I like. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  127. I use a tool called a Bloc Loc that I picked up at a show. It's for making the perfect HSTs. It's sew awesome, it's the one gadget that I bought, never regretted it, and I use it over and over. Most gadgets I buy get used once and thrown on the pile. Not this one :) amateurquilter at gmail

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  128. I won't say seam ripper. I use it so much that I actually consider it to be another digit on my right hand.
    Years ago, when Martha Stewart was still affiliated with K Mart, I purchased what is essentially a tool box in her crafts section. It has two removable drop in trays and lots of room for all manner of things. Every time I take a class or participate in a charity sew, other quilters are drawn to it like a moth to a flame. The drop in trays have little dividers that are just right for spools of thread, a tape measure or packets of needles. The bottom layer holds scissors, seam rippers, Machinger's gloves, rotary cutters and anything else you could need for a day or week of sewing. Unfortunately, I haven't seen anything like it lately.

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  129. thread snips are my fav. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  130. The one thing that I can't live without when I am sewing is my thread catcher/pincushion. I got it at a craft show years ago and I use it every day. I am able to hold all of my notions that I need in it plus any loose threads that are clipped and it keeps everything neat and tidy. Without it I know for sure I would always be looking for something!

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  131. The notion I love but thought I could do with not having it until I tried it is Kwik Klip. When pin basting a quilt it is the best!

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  132. My favorite notion right now are my water soluble marking pens.

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  133. Ok, this is going to sound weird, which means I probably won't win, but when I'm doing handwork, I cannot go without those finger condoms. They're like just the tips of rubber gloves. They make pulling needles easy-peasy! I think they might be called finger cots....

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  134. I can't live without my crooked tweezers. I use them every time I sew.

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  135. My 'Kwik Klip'. Not sure how I ever lived without it.

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  136. My 'Kwik Klip'. Not sure how I ever lived without it.

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  137. A curved seam ripper. I can't sew without it because I am always making mistakes, removing basting or cutting buttonholes

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  138. I use a tool designed for turning collars out to help pin my quilts. It's got a 45 degree angle and I lay the point of the safety pin on the angle and scoop the top around it. Totally saves your nails.

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  139. I love my Hera marker! It's great to use for marking quilting lines or bags. Love it!

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  140. Does a cup of tea count as a sewing notion ? I can't sit down to sew without one. If it doesn't, then it would have to be my pin cushion which is a teeny tiny stuffed flower pot, which holds a lot more than just pins !!

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  141. I could not be without my cutting mat use it all the time

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  142. My Grandmother. She taught me to quilt and i'm going to need her help again when I go to bind the projects I've got half-finished!

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  143. My cat, Athena. She destroys all my mistakes and eats my embroidery floss.

    If she doesn't count because she's a cat, then I'd have to say my regular seam ripper :)

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  144. Well, I don't know if it's a notion, but it was an idea! I have a strong magnet on the side of my sewing machine that has a hook on it. I hang my glasses there while I'm sewing because if there's one thing I do well, it's losing glasses!

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  145. I would have to say quilting ruler...it's just so darn handy.

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  146. My Klutz glove - it has saved me more times than I care to admit!

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  147. I love my water soluble marking pen. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  148. I can't live without my seam ripper, and also my clover thimble for when I'm hand sewing.

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  149. Seam-fix by United Notions - you must get one! I love it - good ripper and the beehive top rubs the little extra thread pieces out! I bought two extra as my college daughter loves them too! thanks!

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  150. I have a small craft paint brush that I use to remove lint from my machine. I also can use the opposite end for a stiletto. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  151. Unfortunately, my seam ripper is overused!!!

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  152. I don't know as it qualifies, but my lamp. It's kind of a gooseneck and so I can direct it wherever I need it the most.

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  153. Love my frixon pens! I would say I can't live without them, don't know what I did without them, gotta have them!
    Thanks for the chance, Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  154. Although my seam ripper is a constant companion, sigh, it is my little seam measuring ruler that I love above all others! Handy for measuring whilst pressing, checking elastic overlap when my tape measure has mysteriously vanished, making sure that inch square really is an inch!

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  155. I use my seam ripper and my tailor's chalk all the time!

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  156. my ipod - so I can listen to music and audio books. Makes sewing more peaceful. Not your typical notion but critical for me. Happy Holidays

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  157. seam fix seam ripper!, its a beauty, removes those pesky threads too!

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  158. Those little red clips are the cats meow! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  159. I love my portable bobbin winder. It allows me to continue sewing without stopping to re-thread my machine every time I Putin a new bobbin.

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  160. Pen and paper to sketch the bag I want to make (somehow I'm afraid to use a pattern, but make up something from my fantasy) and a person to measure if the bag will come high/low enough (often a son who needs a bag to give to a friend for a birthday ;) )

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  161. I do have a love hate relationship with my seam ripper BUT my favorite notion would have to be Frixion Pens. Just need to test the fabric with them before marking in any visible way.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  162. I don't need a hell of a lot to be able to sew something. Made do with basics for a long time and I enjoy sewing by hand.
    So the notion I can't live without, is only required when making hexes, and that is paper clips. I use paper clips to evenly wrap the fabric around the paper and hold it, so I can baste them.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  163. My favourite notion is my hera marker - use it for marking and finger pressing ALL the time!

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  164. I know this is an odd one, but I can't live with out the small binder clips you buy at Office Depot. I use them to hold my binding in place when machine binding a quilt.

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  165. my seam ripper....but a have a new seam fx one on my xmas list

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  166. My seam ripper closely followed by large ruler.

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  167. my glasses and my music
    thanks for the chance to win.
    nancymcmahan16@gmail.com

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  168. I can't live without my ceramic plate set - perfect curves for my bags and heavy enough to stay put while I trace! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  169. sketch or drawing book. it goes everywhere with me for ideas

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  170. Clover Wonder Clips. Saves so much time and I don't prick myself a hundred times!

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  171. not actually a notion...but my cheater dollar store 1.75 magnification glasses..

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  172. Basting spray... seriously, huge time saver and saves me a lot of cursing too lol.

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  173. It would be for sure my lone tweesers! Can't sew without them. Beautiful fabric line thank you for the chance to win.

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  174. Glue baste-it in a bottle. I can get tiny little drops that stay put and hold fabric together when I'm sewing in difficult to pin areas, like children's clothing.

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  175. Marilee's Numbered Q-Pins. They are pins with a number on the head. I stay organized with rows. Also, it is really helping me with my log cabin quilt because each strip is numbered.

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  176. The angler 2 quilting tool. I like using this instead of drawing lines on squares to get those half square triangles and other pieces.

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  177. I'm ashamed to say a seam ripper. I use it more often than I care to admit...maybe I should start reading directions a little better!

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  178. Today it's my Frixxion pen. I didn't use one for the longest time, but I have no idea why. I still use my Fine Line Air Soluble pen for marking quilting lines, because it's tried and true, but I use the Frixxion for anything that won't be seen (e.g. bag sewing, joining binding strips). Thank you!!!

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  179. I use an extending magnetic picker upper. Very handy to retrieve dropped pins, needles, presser feet and any metal objects. I pick things up now rather than "later" which comes only after I have forgotten I had dropped it and can no longer find it.

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  180. A daisy head pin is my favorite. I sew my bindings on completely by machine. So after I've sewn the binding to the back & turned it to the front to sew down, I use the daisy head pin as a stiletto to keep the binding in place. And I always have one at hand - right in the pin cushion. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  181. I would be hard pressed to not have the use of pins on my design wall, in my machine and hand sewing, plus any other sewing or quilting projects!
    carli the quilter at gmail.com

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  182. I luv my surgical seam ripper-quick and ruthless!

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  183. I love my bodkin for turning piping tubes out when I get all fancy schmancy, my bloc-lock rulers for HST, quarter inch seam ruler and my finger presser... the one thing I detest about not having a dedicated sewing space it that I have to get up to the iron all the time, that little presser makes small seams easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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  184. I can't leave without my 1/4" foot, without it I will be heading to the closest cliff in Ireland and jump!

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