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5 Tools for Accurate Quilting


 
1. Spray Starch

I won't sew without this...
Everyone needs a good spray starch when piecing blocks. Using fabric when it's stiff makes a world of difference when running it under the needle, you'll have so much more control and accuracy.

I use Marry Ellen's Best Press. I literally buy it by the gallon*.


2. Wool Mat

Wool Pressing Mats are all the rage, and you'll know why when you get one! These babies retain heat, which allows you to iron both sides of the fabric at the same time, plus, provides a stiff pressing surface to not distort your fabric. You also might want a small one* paired with your mini iron* next to your machine!


3. PILOT FriXion Pens & Markers

This has been a game-changer for me! These are great for using to trace templates, mark your half square triangles and mark your quilting lines. I love that they come in multiple colors, so they are versatile on different colored fabrics. I do use the marker version* on my fabrics too, they write quicker, but aren't as fine!

A few pointers, these markers and pens erase with heat, so you can use a hot iron or even a blow dryer to remove the marks, but know that sometimes the marks will return in extreme cold. You can avoid this by washing your quilt or cross-stitch with a light detergent*. I've had no problems.


4. Hot Iron

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a good quality iron can save hours of pressing. I happen to adore my Panasonic cordless for a few reasons. It gets hot, quickly, it has a pointed front and matching back, so I can use both ends to press seams, and of course it's cordless. I can grab it and take it to my smaller pressing boards across the room as needed.


5. Quarter Inch Guided Pressure Foot

I don't piece without this! The 1/4" guide keeps me on track with consistent seam allowances. Make sure you find one that fits your machine!




And remember, accurate cutting goes a long way for accurate quilting, check out my blog post on keeping your tools sharp!




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