Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Tagging gun



This little machine is one of my favourite tools. As you all know I am a hand stitcher but every now and then when deadlines are pressing I dust off my machine. I baste all my quilts for both hand and machine quilting with these little tags. The advantages for hand quilting are, they are light and your thread doesn't catch around them. And if you are wanting to machine quilt the big thing is you can stitch right over the top of them without any problems. No stopping to remove pins.
Here is a quick view of how I use it


I tape my backing fabric down, lay batting carefully on top then your quilt top


Pin lightly, every 12 inches or so. Just enough to hold your layers together. This is an extra step but I find for the 10 minutes it takes it is worth the effort.


Remove the tape carefully, making sure you don't upset your layers


Slip your hand underneath and fire the tags between your fingers. You need to elevate the quilt slightly as the point of the gun needs to penetrate all the layers




And now I groan as I try to ditch stitch!
Not my strongest talent. ( I feel the need to pop a little hand quilting somewhere)
If you would like one go to www.amitie.com.au and they are listed in "new notions" . You won't regret it. I purchased mine in Japan 15 yrs ago and it's still going strong



8 comments:

  1. This is brilliant! As soon as I saw the heading for the blog I had an idea what you were up to, but you explained it beautifully. I also love when people find a terrific way to repurpose an existing item. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. I wonder if you could tape it to a sheet of foam core or insulation board and just fire into the board? That would be super cool!

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  4. thank you for the lovely tagging gun idea,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,who knew,,off to find one

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  5. Before I 'staple' my sandwich, I spray baste it for added security because I do not use a frame when I hand quilt and feel the extra help might be good insurance.

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  6. Before I 'staple' my sandwich, I spray baste it for added security because I do not use a frame when I hand quilt and feel the extra help might be good insurance.

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  7. When I use the basting gun I take a tennis racket and slide under the sandwich then you can shoot the gun in between the strings and not hit the table 🙂 Just slide the tennis racket around as you move around the quilt basting.

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