Spoiler alert: I think they’re all great.
As I was packing up my sewing gear for our big move, I was thinking about some of the quilting products I’ve purchased that have had a big impact on either the ease of my quilting or the finished result. I thought it would be fun to make a list with five of my favorites and do a post about them. I know that sometimes products like these can seem gimmicky, but in my experience all of them have been worth it. The best part is that most of these things are relatively inexpensive- the most expensive thing on this list is still less than $30!
Invisi-Grip. For less than $10, I think that Invisi-Grip is a great investment. It’s a clear material that you stick to the underside of your rulers. Accurate cutting is so important for accurate piecing, and I’ve found my cutting to be so much more accurate since I’ve added these to my most-used rulers. It really, truly keeps the ruler from sliding around while you cut.
Bobbin washers. These Little Genie Bobbin Washers help your bobbin thread feed more evenly. I have noticed that things seem to go more smoothly when they’re in my bobbin case.
Machingers. Before I tried these quilting gloves I wasn’t sure if they would make much of a difference, but I’m totally sold. They give me much more control over my quilt sandwich, and really do help me grip the fabric better.
Supreme Slider/Sew Slip. I use a Sew Slip personally, and I think it’s great. The slippery material helps your quilt sandwich slide freely over it, which is really, really helpful during FMQ. Just remember to disengage your feed dogs before you start, or you’ll sew right through it. Ask me how I know.
The Binding Tool. No surprise here- I love my binding tool. It makes binding completely painless, and you get perfect continuous binding every time.
And there you have it! My five favorite (inexpensive) quilting tools.