Anyway, here are a couple of Tips for those who have long-arm machines:
- Use a kid’s sand bucket to collect threads and small bits of trash on each end of the top rail on your machine. You can unhook the handle on the buckets to hook them onto the machine’s rail. To empty them, either just grab the wad of thread, or unhook the handle of the sand bucket to dump it, then put it back where it was. When I’m loading a quilt, I slide the buckets to opposite ends of the rail so they won’t be in the way. Obviously you can either discard the shovel that comes with the bucket, or give it to a kid. No sand is needed for this hack.
- Get a long lanyard and a pair of blunt-nosed scissors to hang from it. Wear the lanyard with scissors so it is handy for cutting threads. The blunt-nosed scissors help keep you from stabbing yourself, or worse yet making slits in the quilt you are working on. Mine has fake diamonds on it, so it’s a little blingy, and looks like I’m wearing a fancy necklace.
- Use plain old shower curtain hooks to hang your work orders so you can see them as you work on the project. These are the simple wire version of shower hooks that you can usually find at dollar stores. I also use them to attach the work order to the bag with the quilt in it – I just hook it between the handles on the bag.
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