Thanks to Carol for organizing all our Gadget appeal and for including me in the mix.
What quilter does not have and assortment of thingamabobs to help us in quilting. Such rulers, pointers, turners, and more to make our lives easier as a quilter.
I have drawers full of things, some from when I first started sewing back 45/50 years ago. I took the required home economics in middle school, but selected a class my senior year. I had already sewn my first dress with arm and neck facings as well as a zipper when I was 10. So I was well familiar with the sewing machine. However, it introduced me into tailoring where I made my first wool suit.
And over many decades I have transitioned through sewing for my kids especially smocking dresses for my daughter. And I made baby quilts and accessories. That blossomed into quilting where I continue to new and varied techniques each requiring new gadgets.
Some needed gadgets are expensive like a good set of Gingher scissors. The large one I have had for decades. The smaller one is awesome and has serrated edges and perfectly cuts fine lines and inside points.
Some gadgets are very inexpensive like freezer paper and other dollar store items for storage.
But my favorite gadgets are
1) my wool pressing mat. I only have a 12 square as when they first came out they were pricey. But I pin a layer of muslin to protect it from various stiffening sprays which then can be removed, washed and repinned. ( I left the stains on it so you could see them, but then changed it. )
I really find this helps my seams to be flatter and less misshapen. Although I do use a spray stiffener. I am not partial to any one brand, but do love the misting spray bottle.
2) my seam rippers and I have many for those times where mistakes happen.
These are inexpensive ( TJ Max) facial hair trimmers. Really!
3) frixion pens. I just love these to mark fabrics. They have a wonderful fine line and come in a variety of colors. And they erase when ironed. Yeah! I like the ones with the lids not the clicker ones. They are only about 3 dollars or such.
4) Lastly my clear rulers. I use these at the ready to mark my diagonal lines for half square triangles. But additionally It is at my side to measure small fabric lengths and check seam allowances. These are usually next to my machine, unless they have wandered to another location.
5) Another notion I can not due without is my magnetic pin bowl. They were all the rage and beautifully painted. But I purchased mine at Harbor Freight for a fraction of the cost. This is so good to keep pins where they should be. I find it so easy to drop the pin in the vicinity and it just goes there. It will attract pins, stick to your ironing board, and not spill when it is dropped.
6) An unusual notion is some pipe cleaners or chenille stems. I really like these to help clean my sewing machine. The fuzziness attracts the lint and holds it. The wire in the middle is great for poking in cracks.