Saturday, January 12, 2013

Small Necessities Close at Hand

How could I keep track of so many little thingies?
Spending almost as much time looking for a small tool or part as I spend on quilting can be very frustrating! 
Some things as so important I just had to have some way of keeping them close at hand. It's frustrating to go looking for some small thing that I need and can't for the life of me find!  "But I just had the darn thing!" Sound familiar?
The solution was actually quite simple and only took a couple of pieces of self-stick velcro and two small disposable plastic lunch containers.
The top of my longarm machine is flat and these containers fit perfectly. The one in front holds markers, allen wrenches, tiny screw drivers, snippers, check spring, pack of new needles, and any other tiny thing that is needed often.
The container in back serves as a tiny waste basket for all those short thread tails and other small pieces of rubbish. Having it close at hand saves taking extra steps to reach the large waste basket on the other side of the room or (like I saw one person do) throw all those thread tails on the floor to be swept up later.
The velcro pieces are mounted on the top of my longarm machine and the corresponding part of the velcro tape is mounted to the bottoms of the containers. The containers can easily be removed, and easily pushed back into place as needed.
This was very easy to install, easy to use, and best of all - really cheap!
Happy Stitching!


  1. Great idea! The handles of my Innova look like a Christmas tree with my scissors, tweezers, needles and chalk pencil hanging on them! Looks like you have an Innova too...but yours is newer than mine because your knob for raising/lowering the needle is on the side of your machine, my knob is on top where one of your tubs hangs out! And where your other tub is I have my bendable bright light stuck on so I can see inside the hopping foot!

  2. These little containers fit perfectly into the space I had available. There are so many different sizes on the market, it should be easy to find something that works, even if you have to stick them on the side of the machine. And yes, I got my new Innova 22" in June 2011. Love it!

  3. Betty, I have a couple questions about the EZ tool for Baptist Fans.
    I'd like to know how large of a hole does the anchor pin make in the fabric?
    Hard to tell on the video. I'd love to purchase your tool and give it a try but wondering what your return policy is? For $63.00 plus shipping I want to make sure it is something that I can use. I've been longarm quilting for 12 years on the A-1 so it's not like I'm a newbie. If you would email me personally at I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

  4. The prong of the anchor post is the size of a standard 1” straight pin and the hole is no larger than that when used properly.

    You can see a close up of the pin here:

    Our generous returns policy can be found here: .
    The formal policy states “new and unopened” items, but I will refund if the undamaged tool is returned should a person just not like or need it.

    In addition, all parts are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for 90 days from purchase and will be repaired or replaced when returned.

    This is a new tool that requires a new way of quilting since one hand will guide the tool and the other hand will guide the hopping foot. Some folks get the hang of it immediately and for others there is a bit of a learning curve. We have a Yahoo! users group set up to answer questions, give guidance, and share our experiences with this new tool. So far, the response has been very favorable.

    I hope this has answered your questions and assured you that you can buy a tool with confidence of being satisfied one way or the other.