I had a problem recently. When I snipped corners, my scissors chewed the fabric. Ripping seams became an odious chore. My good pins evaporated overnight, I fought to force my old dull pins through fabric. I thought it must be me.
Sharp and pointy objects lose their edge. I have a well-stocked sewing room, it’s easy to forget these things. Just like needles, pins and seam rippers and scissors need replacing. I shouldn’t have to fight my tools.
My favorite pricklies:
Pins- I like fine glass-head pins for silk and fine work as well as ordinary dress-making. These are the best. Flower head pins for length and stability work especially well for heavy fabrics, bag-making, and quilting.
Hand needles- When I ventured into fabric-flower making, I had to turn my house upside down to find hand needles. Shame. Best to have a variety of nice sharp ones close at hand.
Seam Rippers– I adore the brown-handled Clover seam ripper. Stitches practically jump out of the fabric when they see this bad boy. I like the mini-scalpel for buttonholes and those icky nests of bobbin thread that happen sometimes. Just shave the back, and pull out the top threads. Easy. No crying.
Stout, short, sharp scissors- I don’t think its possible to have too many pairs. Keep them by the machine for snipping corners, grading, clipping curves and threads, and poking out corners.
Tailor’s Awl– Not only can I poke little holes neatly through eyelets on my belts, I use it as an extra finger when performing tricky sewing. Ever top-stitch around a collar only to find the corner of the collar wants to stick under the presser foot? I use my awl to help the bulk along. Brandish it while flashing the “crazy eyes” to ward off unwanted interruptions to your sewing.
Buttonhole Chisel- I put this down to gimmickry until I used one. Wow- gorgeously cut buttonholes with no threads hanging around, no warping, just a few taps with the hammer and viola! I like using a hammer in my sewing.
Also included are a pretty voodoo mouse to hold pins, and a coordinating roll-up case for all your sharp and pointies. I made the case myself. Tools are brand-new and razor sharp, I divested them of their packaging.
Giveaway is open to all on my Followers list (join), just leave me a message telling me your sewing skill level. If you’d like another entry, make a post about my giveaway on your blog or website and leave a link. Open to citizens everywhere.
I’ll choose the winner on December 7 at 5pm Brisbane time.
(Marlowe, the dress is in the mail! I have a post-office dissociative problem. I bought a pre-paid international envelope to ship this next one, much better strategy. )