Some Fabric Sales

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Nothing new going on here just the same old stuff– I continue to work on Joseph’s Coat and Star Crazy so I thought today I’d let you know of some sales going on.

Head on over to “the twiddletails store” Anina is having a sale – a clean up sale as she calls it.  I have ordered from her in the past – nice reliable service!

Also the Fabric Depot is having a sale – I have ordered only a time or two from them but remember them being reliable also.

For those of you who have the Go Baby, or the AccuQuilt full size – do you really think they are worth the money you spent on them?  Are you constantly spending more money on them buying new dies and trays.  If you are a hand quilter and often a hand piecer are you pleased that you bought it or does it mainly make sense to get one if you are constantly cranking out one quilt after another.

I have heard so much of these things but the other day I went into the site to look at them and start to add up prices – my goodness – talk expensive!!!  If you go to the AccuQuilt website and write down which machine you want, then start to tally up all the pieces you need – trays, mats, dies WOW it gets pretty darn expensive!  Those dies – well you can’t just get one Smile, I think I got up to $1,000 and said ok I don’t think this is for me – now if I won one that would be something else – but to buy – give me your opinions –if you have one why did you buy it? Do you just not like to cut with a rotary cutter, scissors – Now I totally understand if you are putting kits together, have a handicap with your hands like severe arthritis or whatever – but I think I will stick with my rotary cutter and scissors for now.

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  • Teri Dingler May 17, 2012

    I, too, thought about getting one – but I can’t justify the expense – not yet, anyway. If I had a quilt shop, like you said, and was getting kits together, it would certainly make sense! It will have to wait for me! Rotary cutter and scissors are my tools of the trade for now!

  • Doreen May 17, 2012

    Have seen the ‘Baby’ on sale and have been tempted (or the ‘Sizzix’ counterpart) but the price of the die does mount up very quickly. I do not do a large enough number of applique that I would need a cutter and, I believe, there are more efficient ways to cut multiples of other shapes. (Although, on those occasions when I need a snowflake cut [or several] it would be nice to have!!!) Sometimes it is very nice to spend quiet moments with scissors in hand cutting out the needed shapes…….not ‘tied’ to cumbersome machinery!
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  • Debbe May 17, 2012

    I have a Go Baby. I didn’t buy it I won it on a blog giveaway. The dies are expensive, and like you said you can’t buy just one. They are nice, but at the same time you have to find space to store everything.
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  • Vicki W May 17, 2012

    I was given the Go! for my birthday a few years ago. I really love it. I use it for cutting up scraps (like what you are doing). I use it a lot to cut kits for charity quilts from my stash. I’m not sure I would have bought it for myself though because I’m kind of cheap. I don’t buy dies for squares and strips. I like the specialty dies the best and I do use them a lot (circles, stars, tumblers, triangles and applique shapes.)
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  • Nedra May 17, 2012

    I’m with you. At the cost, I’ll use my rotary cutter, too. I know of quilt shops that will cut out shapes for a price. That would be my next choice.
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  • Opal May 17, 2012

    I agree, the cost for all the fun gadgets can add up very quickly. It can be so addictive (and costly) if you’re not careful. 🙂

    I never tried cutting cloth in my die cutting machine. I mainly use it for cards/thin sheets of aluminum, but I’m betting I could use it for cloth too. Now I’m going to have to try that out and see if it will work!
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  • Charlotte May 17, 2012

    I don’t see a need for one for myself. Last winter I received a rotary cutting machine as a gift. It sits on the shelf while I cut with hand-held cutter; I couldn’t hold my fabric straight. I plan to use it whenever I’m cutting strips for string quilt blocks where accuracy isn’t that important.

  • Jessica May 17, 2012

    That Go Baby looks cute but it sounds like it would add up like scrap booking did when I was doing that… have to have all the tools to go with it. Maybe you could find a used one on Ebay with a lot of supplies to go with it?
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  • Mary LeClerc May 17, 2012

    I’d still be too concerned with the waste, being someone who cuts all fabric scraps down to 1 1/2″ before throwing anything away. Even then I might save 1″ strings for string blocks. One of the guilds I belong to had one donated and members are now able to use it. That makes more sense to me.
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  • Judi May 17, 2012

    I agree – they’re way to expensive. Plus, I’ve heard too many negatives – they don’t make efficient use of fabric (too much waste, and fabric is not cheap!), and the part the die presses into also seems to wear out fast if you cut the same shape over and over. I don’t have one – these are just things I’ve read from people that do have them, but I have even quit trying to win them on blog giveaways. I’m a real fabric miser, and I know it would kill me to have so much waste. I don’t fussy cut for the same reason.
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  • Myrtle May 18, 2012

    Definitely the biggest quilting expense I’ve made and not worth it! I have only purchased some of the speciality dies, like hexagon, dresden, etc. I feel it wastes too much fabric and its not something you use all the time. Wish I had kept my money and spent it more wisely.

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