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This morning I was Googling for some cheap fat quarters. I saw over on the QuiltingBoard forum several posts mentioned that Walmart and Big Lots had them. I rolled my eyes because I knews they’d be pure trash because no one wants “cheap fat quarters”. We want “fat quarters cheap”. My bad for using the wrong search terms.
I had a great shopping trip to Walmart this morning. Is that an oxymoron?
Anyhoo, so I took a trip to Wally World and check out their FQ’s. Don’t even waste your time. It looks they are printed on the poorest quality muslin with bargain basement cheap dyes… that have been rolled in the dirt… then hung in the sun to fade. They’re worse than Jo-Ann’s FQ’s.
Speaking of the devil, here is my stash of Jo-Ann’s FQ’s. I used to have another shelf of them, but have been slowly using them up when quality doesn’t count. Some of them are over 10 years old. I’d get like 50 packs at a time when they went on sale for .99 each. I can’t bare to part with them, but every time I go into that cabinet to look for something, I come away empty handed either because nothing in there suits me or I can’t bare to use that cheap fabric.
The only other place close by is Beverly’s. They’ve got quality FQ’s from top fabric lines, but $2.99/FQ is not cheap. I only buy them when they are on sale or I really, REALLY need just a little chunk of something.
However, I did find a few other gems like basting spray. Most quilters swear by 505 basting spray.
It’s great. It sticks well and it’s reposition-able, BUT if you try to reposition it on cotton batting, it will pull off a layer of fuzz with it. The other thing I don’t like about it is the price. I got some at Beverly’s. I don’t remember the price, but it was approaching $20 for a 10.93 ounce can.
I had some Dritz basting spray that I really liked. It repositions easier without pulling all the fuzz out of the cotton batting. Only thing is, I couldn’t remember where I had bought it and I’ve had that can for several years.
Low and behold, WW had it! A 10 oz can was only $8.47! I almost did a happy dance in the isle. Yes, of course I snagged a can of that goodness.
Sewing Machine Needles
This is another pet peeve of mine. I use 80/12 sharps and I have the hardest time finding them. Everyone’s got Universals, but the sharps are a rare find. Guess what else I found at WW? Schmetz Microtex Sharps 80/12 for $4.67. But instead of being next to all the other Schmetz Universal needles, I found them by the Singer needles by the Singer sewing machines.
I’ve been using my 120″ tape measure for years. I like it beause it’s extra long, but I’m used to wearing one around my neck and that 120-incher drags on the floor. I miss my old yellow cloth 60″ one. Accidentally sliced it with the scissors. Oops. So I picked up a new one today, too. Only thing is, I don’t think I’m going to like it. It looks like it’s made out of vinyl and I don’t like stuff sticking to my neck.
Oh! And speaking of scissors, I did a post yesterday about them. Skip Jo-Ann’s. WW has a better selection of Fiskars scissors at cheaper prices.
I just LOVE this collection of FQ’s.
If you know of a place that sells “fat quarters cheap”, whether it be brick and mortar or online, leave a comment.
Know this; the kids and spouse will attempt to use your fabric cutting scissors for all sorts of things. Hide them. Guard them. Lock them up. They must be kept sharp and ready at a moment’s notice. They are for cutting fabric only.
If you’re just getting started quilting/sewing, I recommend getting:
- Comfortable, sharp dressmaker shears. No need to spend more than $15-$25.
- A small pair of thread snips/clippers.
Buy On Sale
If you’re having a hard time parting with $25 for a pair of sewing scissors and if you have a Jo-Ann’s or Beverly’s near you, use the coupons from the Sunday paper. If you have a smartphone, you can download an app. I know Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s have Android apps. I don’t think Beverly’s does, but they do honor competitors’ coupons. If you buy online at Amazon and you have a credit card that can link to Amazon, you can use your credit card points to shop. 1 point = $1.
UPDATE: I just found some direct links to current printable coupons. How sweet is that! We don’t need no stinkin’ newspaper or smartphone. But seriously, I couldn’t live without my smartphone. Sad, I know.
I basically use one pair of 8-1/2″ Fiskars Razor Edged scissors. I’ve had them for many years and they stay sharp right to the tip. They’re nothing fancy, but they always get the job done. The closest thing they have to them now are these…
Notice the bent angle on them. This type of design is typically called a “dress makers’ shears” because the handle and blade are not inline with each other which allows the blade to remain flat on the table top surface when cutting fabric. So when shopping for a pair of scissors for cutting fabric, look for the words “bent” or “dressmaker”. You’ll be hatin’ life if you get anything else. Oh, and comfort-fit handles, especially if you’ll be cutting thick fabric.
Fiskars makes some good scissors and they’re really isn’t any reason to get something more expensive unless you sew have a reason for something else.
Gingher makes some pretty fancy-pants scissors (up to $200), but I just don’t care for their handles. Too thin and uncomfortable. I do have a pair of their nylon handle featherweight shears. They’re useless for cutting thick fabric. They actually have “give” to them and it’s like trying to cut with rubber blades.
Kai makes some pretty decent dressmaker scissors. They’ve got very good reviews.
Small Thread Snippers
For thread snipping, I use Gingher Featherweight thread clippers. My mom got them for me for Christmas over 20 years ago. They still make them. I LOVE them. They’re razor sharp… well, they were until some little grandson cut Lord knows WAHT with them and now they have the tiniest little nick in them. grrrrr
The little Gingher stork scissors (embroidery) are also good for snipping thread and are also very sharp. I have a pair. The design is very comfortable. It’s like they become an extension of my fingers.
I also have a pair of pinking shears, but I never use them. Beats me why I have them. Must have been one of those “I NEED these because they’re on sale and my mom has some…” type of purchases.
HOT TIP: It’s OK to have a couple glasses of wine when using scissors. Just don’t run with the wine.