I love gadgets, especially quilting gadgets.
My favorite so far is the Bendable Bright light.
It is a small LED light with a flexable arm that sticks to your machine. It really adds so much light. It is great for working on darker fabrics and helps you to see your marking or hera lines.
I have also been using the finger tips from Playtex Living gloves to machine quilt, just cut to the size of your fingers. They work as well as quilting gloves and they don't make your hands as hot.
Almost finished! Machine quilting this quilt has been a challange for me because I am used to quilting feminine designs. I am striving to make this a "manly" man quilt.
I usually don't mark my quilts before quilting, basically because I am lazy. But I decided to mark the straight lines on my borders.
I tried two methods. First I use a Hera marker, it is a plastic tracing spatula, that leaves a crease and a faint white line that can be rubbed out. It works well if you have good light. I use a Bendable Bright Light (more on this later). Next I tried a Sewline Fabric Pencil, which also worked well, but I had to erase the pencil line.
My preference was the Hera marker, it made a nice visible line without having to erase.