Quilting Tools & Accessories & Templates
Browse our range of quilting tools, accessories and templates for all those extra tools and gadgets that will help you to create perfectly quilted objects with ease. Here you will find fuse tape and sheets, long pins, quilting needles, special pens with washable ink to mark your work, and items such as finger grips, thimbles and clips. With our tagger gun, even large quilting projects can be completed easily and accurately. Check out the whole range of quilting tools, fabrics, wadding, batting and backing fabrics here at Spotlight, as well as our books with hundreds of inspiring pictures and quilting projects.
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Can I purchase quilting tools, accessories and templates at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. Browse this range to find fuse tape and sheets, long pins, quilting needles, special pens with washable ink to mark your work, and items such as finger grips, thimbles and clips. Also included are pre-cut shapes including hexagons and diamonds, and pretty sew-in labels to add the finishing touch to your quilted creations.
Why do some quilters wear gloves when quilting?
Quilting gloves are particularly popular with many machine quilters, and here is why:
1. They reduce pain and fatigue in your hands. Quilting involves a lot of pulling and tugging but when wearing the gloves, they take off much of the added stress and pressure on your fingertips.
2. You can get a better grip on the material. At the tip of each finger of your quilting gloves you will find some padding that creates friction between your fingers and your quilt, allowing the quilt to move around much more easily.
3. They help to keep you quilt (and your hands) clean. Even if you wash your hands regularly, light coloured materials can get grubby quickly. Quilting gloves are washable, so simply wash on a delicate setting and they will be good for another project.
If you can't get used to wearing quilting gloves, Spotlight also stocks packets of finger grips - a sort of rubber thimble- which will help you get a better grip on the material too.
What are binding clips?
Binding clips are great for those occasions when you have to clip several layers together, something that is hard to do using ordinary sewing pins. Ideal for adding quilt bindings to a project, or when making bags or other items that involve multiple layers of fabric. It's just like having an extra pair of hands!
Do I need to use special quilting needles?
If you are going to be doing a lot of quilting, you will find using quilting needles make the work more enjoyable and easier on your fingers, too. Quilting needles tend to be very sharp - they have to go through several layers of fabric and wadding, so they need to be - and you should never work with a blunt needle as this can create snags in your fabric. Keep in mind that in quilting needles, the larger the number, the smaller the size of the needle. Sizes tend to range from 3 - 12.
What is the Mini Iron used for?
If you are using a lot of intricate shapes in your quilted project (for instance hexagons, diamonds or triangles, the mini iron will help you create crisp corners and sharp seams. Specially designed for craft use, the small blade will get into even the sharpest corners and you can plug it in and rest it on its stand between applications, so it is always to hand as you work on your project.
Why does the range include numbered pins?
Numbered pins are a great way to keep track of your quilted project. Once you have laid out your colours to your satisfaction, simply pin all the shapes for one row together with a numbered pin. That way, even if you have to interrupt your quilting and come back at a later stage, you will quickly know which row of pieces to work on next, and the finished result will be as you intended it to be.