Our Wish List

Cassandra and I were sitting here discussing all the lovely gadgets that we'd like to run out and buy. We thought we share a few with you and encourage you to give us your opinions on these items. Obviously, we don't own them yet - hence the Wish List - and many are probably frivolous. But, if you think they're a "must have", we'd love to know why. Please also feel free to add your own recommendations for gadgets you can't live without! Maybe we'll add those to our ever-expanding list.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorites:

Juki 2-Needle, 2/3/4/5-Thread Overlock Machine MO-735Juki MO-735 Serger with Coverstitch

A mere $1,000, this is a work-horse of a serger with tons of great features. There aren't many reviews online but the ones we found all liked the machine a lot and talked about how reliable it is. The only important feature that it doesn't have auto-threading which, with a serger, is a god-send. However, for the price, this machine seems to do everything (except auto-threading, of course!) as machines that are twice the price.

AccuQuilt GO! Fabric CutterAccuquilt GO! Quilt Square Cutter

While Cassandra and I are new to quilting, both of us agree that cutting the quilt squares is tedious and may keep us from actually adopting this hobby in earnest. We love the idea of this gadget and, really, at just over $200, it's a pretty inexpensive way to make quick work of a monotonous task.

Simplicity Bias Tape MakerSimplicity Bias Tape Maker

We both think this is the best invention since the telephone. This little machine quickly and easily makes bias tape out of any fabric you choose. Our creative minds are awash with possibilities. And, apparently, you can make 12 feet of bias tape in as little as 60 seconds without burning your fingers. Zowie!

Clover Mini-IronClover Mini Iron

Inexpensive and yet somehow still really hard to justify. When we are pulling out the big iron to press open one quick seam it seems obvious to have this gadget. A little iron for a little job...brilliant. But, does one spend money on something so specific as this when a decent iron will still do the trick? The frugal side of us says "no."

So...that's it. Well, part of it anyway. There aren't too many days that go by without one of us saying "did you see that cool gadget that does [insert convenience here.]"  We really would like to hear your opinions on these or any other gadgets you love so leave us a comment or send us an email. Thanks!!

- Alex and Cassandra


  1. Oooh, the bias tape maker is a fab idea!

    By the way, I've posted here about my exciting win from your blog giveaway, thought you might like to know ;)

  2. Experienced developers know that manual threading is the only way to get good performance out of your serger. Anything less is likely to lead to results that are all a-patchy.

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