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If you have a rotary cutter & mat I can't recommend a 6"X24" or 6.5"X24" clear quilting ruler enough!!! Even with out a rotary cutter having a see through ruler comes in SO handy for drawing out large pattern pieces. They are also perfect for fabric folding your fabric!

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Models are changing constantly & I don’t have feedback on the newer ones but I suggest doing some research & buying a steam iron with good reviews in the 40-70 range if possible. If that is out of your price range that's okay!!! This $24.95 model has great reviews (4.5 stars our of 70) & will get the job done still.

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Models are changing constantly & I don’t have feedback on the newer ones but I suggest doing some research & buying a steam iron with good reviews in the 40-70 range if possible. If you have the money to buy an even nicer one go for it! Here is a nice iron with good reviews on Amazon & free prime shipping as well. I know a lot of people that have this model & love it!!!

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Models are changing constantly & I don’t have feedback on the newer ones but I suggest doing some research & buying a steam iron with good reviews in the 40-70 range if possible. If you have the money to buy an even nicer one go for it! Here is a nice iron with good reviews on Amazon & free prime shipping as well. This is very similar to the one I have & love.

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Birch Street Clothing Swedish TracingPaper 29″x30′ I almost NEVER cut tissue paper patterns. Growing up it was simply to expensive to re buy them for each size! So if you use pattern ease, Swedish tracing paper or parchment paper you can see through it to trace out the size you need saving your other sizes and they are easier to work with then the tissue paper pattern pieces!

Amazon.com: Birch Street Clothing Swedish TracingPaper 29"x30': Industrial & Scientific

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Also a magnetic pin cushion is AWESOME!!! Not only is it easy to use (just lay the pin near the top & the magnet pulls it down) but it is GREAT for finding stray pins that have fallen on the floor!

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This Dritz hem gauge is also awesome & makes sewing hems SO much easier… worth every penny if you do any regular hemming!!!!

Amazon.com: Dritz Ezy- Hem Gauge: Arts, Crafts & Sewing

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Olfa makes great rotary cutters!!!!

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I highly recommend this for beginners who don't have the money (or just don't want to) invest in the omni-grid & olfa products just yet. Friskers Starter Kit $39.40

Amazon.com: Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set

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I also cannot live with out my rotary mat & cutter. I prefer the Omnigrid Self Healing Mats, I have the 24" X 36" mat and don't know what I would do with out it!

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I actually suggest skipping the fabric pens/pencils, they are pricey don’t always do what they say & dry out easily. I LOVE my Dritz chalk wheel. It isn’t tailors chalk, but similar. I have used a lot of chalk wheels & this one is super smooth & works VERY well. I just by bottles of sewing chalk to refill it instead of the special ones that go with it. My friend spent a month looking in stores but all the other ones she tried had stiff wheels in them, so it’s worth the few extra $ for this…

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I actually suggest skipping the fabric pens/pencils, I don’t care for them, they are pricey don’t always do what they say & dry out easily. I LOVE Crayola WASHABLE Markers because I KNOW they will wash out with a little cold water. Warning not all Crayola markers are washable, so read the package!!!

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GOOD SCISSORS ~ Gingher makes very nice scissors & JoAnn’s carries them & you can often get a 40% off coupon for them. I have also been VERY happy with the Mundial set my DH got me off Amazon 3.5 years ago. All but one pair is still sharp as new & I have never had any of them sharpened.

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A REAL SEAM RIPPER ~ The ‘thing’ that comes with the sewing machine is not a real seam ripper. I HATED ripping seams until I got one of these clover ones. They are sharper and SO much easier to use… still not my favorite job but SO much easier!!! There is simply no comparison. I actually have 2 of them. There are a bunch that range from $2-$8, this one is right in the middle & the best by far!!! Clover 482 5" Seam Ripper

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Pfaff Expression 2.0 or 3.0. They are NOT cheap machines (even on sale they are in the $1000.00-$1500.00 range most of the time) and have to be purchased from a dealer but they are quality machines that will last for a very long time.

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Brother XL-3750 Convertible 35-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine This has 4 stars after 100 reviews & is only $113.00 with free Amazon Prime shipping right now. If you don’t have prime I think it may have free super saver shipping? It’s a little more compact then the other 2 I placed in the top 3 which can be better or worst depending on your sewing needs.

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Brother CS6000i Sew Advance Sew Affordable 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine This has 4.5 stars after 969 reviews & is only $152.97 on Amazon with free shipping. It is a slightly nicer machine then the other Brother, but I don’t think it’s worth $40 more for the electronic display and 25 extra stitches.

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3/4 size Kenmore Machine... This has 5 stars after 10 reviews & was only $99 last time it was in stock and has gone on sale in the past for $50-$60. I know multiple people (adults as well as kids) who own this machine and highly recommend it… this is what we will be purchasing for the twins!

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Brother 1034D Serger like the cheaper Brother sewing machines it is not going to last forever… most people seem to get 2-6 years out of them depending on how much they use them but it is a GREAT machine to start with. It has 4.5 stars out of 370 reviews and is only $198.54 on Amazon with free shipping.

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