12 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a sampler from The Warm Company!

We’re nearing the end of our fantastic 12 Days of Giveaways–but don’t worry, you still have four more days to enter, including a fabulous extra-enormous giveaway for 12 winners on Friday! Stay tuned! Yesterday we asked what your sewing resolution for 2013 is, and the lucky winner is Melissa, who said: “My resolution is to learn applique and reverse applique well enough to put my own spin on it!” That sounds like a great technique to tackle, and we hope you enjoy the fun calendar!

warmcompany 225x300 12 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a sampler from The Warm Company!

Today we have a great prize–a veritable smorgasbord of batting, fusible web and more from The Warm Company. The sampler includes 13 samples of Warm Company products to play with, including  Warm & Natural, Steam-a-Seam and Warm Fleece. Just think of all the fun you’ll have trying them out! For a chance to win, answer the following question in the comments section below: What sewing tool or notion is your sewing secret weapon? What tool do you turn to for great results?

Enter by tomorrow morning, when we’ll choose a lucky winner at random–good luck!

 12 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a sampler from The Warm Company!
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125 Responses to 12 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a sampler from The Warm Company!

  1. Patricia Hersl says:

    The best is my stiletto–a bamboo skewer from the grocery store. It helps with accuracy and if the machine needle hits it, it doesn’t break the needle.

  2. Bert Mechem says:

    I have to say my one go to tool is my reverse sewing machine (seam ripper) I have gotten really good at using this item. Full panic attack is when I can’t find one of 3 or 4 that I have. Then all is good in my world again when I find one of them right there next to my sewing machine.

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  4. Cindy Amend says:

    The red wonder clips. They are great for everything AND my walking foot.

  5. PattyS says:

    My favorite tool is the stitch ripper that has a curved razor on the end of a blue handle. It seems I always am ripping out something and with this tool it goes fast.

  6. Pat Bush says:

    My seam ripper, definitely! Usually use it on each project at least once. Also couldn’t function without my quarter inch foot on my machine.

  7. Beulah says:

    My favorite ‘secret weapon’ is cotton twine. And my tool I turn to for great results is a ‘team’ an antique wooden ironing board that has been in my family for many many years and my iron.

  8. lawana whaley says:

    my most used is my seam ripper…LOL but the one I would be lost without is my bodkin that has a very long shank and large eye at the other end

  9. Tamara Liddell says:

    My rulers, good lighting and my cats.. They usually have to approve every step that I do.. :D lol

  10. liz kuennen says:

    My favorite tool is my sharpening stone., I hate a dull scissors and a stone keeps them very sharp. It is also great for taking burs off of your needles. I also like to use a 16 mm rotary cutter to trim borders and small fabric pieces. Works great around curves as well.

  11. Gail Lewis says:

    I have been using this tool for many years. It is called a quilter’s memory curve,you bend it to the desired shape then place and trace. It is wonderful for making applique designs and quilting lines. I always have it handy.

  12. Diane Rowley says:

    My picture of my darling great grandmother hand sewing quilts, she would have loved all of the wonderful tools and machines that I have the privilege of using today. With as few tools as she had, our family has some beautiful quilts to enjoy for generations!

  13. Merron Kay Skramstad says:

    My favorite tool is my curved applique scissosrs. Use them all the time!

  14. Emily F says:

    My favorite tool is my quarter inch guide foot, my quarter inch seams have never looked better don’t know how I ever lived without it.

  15. Maggie Potter says:

    I would have to say my little bitty sissors.

  16. Beth R says:

    My mini-vacuum! I’ve found that one of the best ways to make sure my machine stitches nicely and without problems is to make sure it is cleaned out after each project.

  17. Dot Flanagan says:

    My favorite tool is my embroidery machine. I know it’s not really a tool but it does everything. I can purchase a cheap blank and use the embroider machine to make a beautiful and expensive looking gift!

  18. Karen says:

    My go-to tool is Havel’s curved snips. Great for trimming appliqué, cutwork, and trimming threads.

  19. Sally Red says:

    Nothing like a friend to quilt with!

  20. glenda choat says:

    My large ruler that is slotted so you can cut the best fringe. It is so multi-functional because I can use it for a lot of items that I make. The slots in it help me cut clean cuts using the rotary scissors and it helps me get things aligned properly.

  21. Kitty Dorling says:

    My favorite is my thread snips. So much easier than a scissor. Second favorite is an old rounded knitting needle that doesn’t poke through but gives just the right amount poke!

  22. Beth B says:

    My gloves for free motion quilting. Hard to pick just one favorite.

  23. Christina P says:

    My ruler (clear 3″ wide by 18″ long with a lip on one end) and I are BFF for life! I seriously use that thing for sewing, for scrapbooking, for jewelry making whatever. It goes with me to every project I tackle. I also love my rotary blade and its safety features, it makes cutting simple, fast and safe since I craft around 2 little people.

  24. Amy Losordo says:

    Frixion Pen Blue Fine Point Heat Erase-no more worries about following the lines.

  25. Deniz Ganowsky says:

    My sewing secret weapon is: double sided dissolvable tape (WashAway) – absolutely love it!!!

  26. Bonnie Johnson says:

    I like to use my wavy rotary blade for fleece projects

  27. Susan Kelley says:

    All those specialty feet for my Bernina. Every seam deserves my putting my best foot forward. Happy Stitching!


  28. Diane says:

    My rulers, cutting mat and of course, the seam ripper. But I couldn’t do anything without my sewing machine(s)!

  29. Kellieann Austin says:

    I use a chop stick to push out those corners!

  30. JoAnne Bell says:

    I use a stilletto that came with my first machine. That pointed tool has saved my fingers many times, and allows great control.

  31. Dell M says:

    I must have my 1/4″ foot for quilting and my 1/4″ ruler for paper piecing.

  32. Kelli says:

    My variety of rulers that help me with my projects.

  33. Heather says:

    I have a little plastic ruler thingy that has a 45 degree angle on it for turning points.I keep it handy also for applying binding on my quilts so I can measure the 1/4 inch at each corner!

  34. Ann Shettles says:

    I love my good sewing shears but I think the most important tool other than my sewing machine is my seam ripper. I use it to rip out mistakes as well as to open buttonholes and taking out basting.

  35. Sharon Stoehr says:

    My binding clips…I use them instead of pins anytime I can.

  36. Lisa Blevins says:

    Ruler and tear away!! I couldn’t do without either!!

  37. Nancy says:

    I love wonder tape for holding fabric together rather than basting.

  38. Lisa Patterson says:

    My needle threader, my eyes are not what they use to be!

  39. I always keep a chopstick nearby for poking corners. If I ever lose it, I just need to order more take-out. Darn.

  40. Sandra McKinley says:

    My rulers, of course! They keep my seams at a quarter-inch. They mark off the jelly rolls for strip piecing half square triangles and fast squares. And then there are the specialty ones for diamonds and fans and hexagons and…..My great grandmother would be so thrilled with the ease of quilting now!

  41. Joan says:

    I am planning on finishing a lot of UFO’s.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Kathy says:

    My go-to-tool is my “Wooden chopstick”, I use it for a stylus, an extra hand, pushing out corners, turning my project right side out, guiding my project near the needle, so many different uses!

  43. Marthie says:

    My walking foot and 1/4″ pressure foot – unthinkable without.

  44. Wendy Graves says:

    Wow, that is a hard question! I love my magnetic pin holder- much harder for the cat to steal the pins and put them on the floor, I love my loop turner but I must say my seam ripper is my best friend and is used more often than the tweezers to re-thread my serger.

  45. Pat Bollman says:

    I love my Kwik Klip for closing and opening pins when I pin a quilt. Sure saves the fingernails

  46. Deb Davidson says:

    I couldn’t live without my seam ripper! Never fail that I have to rip something out at some point. :) .

  47. Debbie Lovas says:

    I love using this needle sharpening pad that I bought from Nancy’s Notions. When I am sewing and my needle starts getting a little dull, I just run it under the needle a few times and end up with a nice sharp needle to finish my project. I don’t have to change the needle all the time. It saves me money and time.

  48. Cindy Schultz says:

    the “Purple thang”. I always have it close to my machine.

  49. Marie W says:

    Love my ruler and rotary cutter.