Today we have Sewing with Hammers! Because hardware that’s available for clothing varies so widely in type and particular application, I opted this time to show what I’m working with and disambiguate the process for those who haven’t tried it but might if they saw how it works.
If you’re interested, check out Sewing with Hammers at SewingCake. This is not at all an exhaustive post on the subject- I want to add jeans buttons and grommets and other fun stuff as it comes up in my sewing.
I took a little trip to the hardware store with my husband today. I love hardware stores, scanning the shelves for tools and hardware and other things I can appropriate for my sewing room. I picked up a tiny, perfectly calibrated metal carpenters’ square (I’ve been looking for one for such a long time!) and a tiny hammer to keep in my sewing room:
The hammer I used last week was rather heavy and came from our house toolchest. I figured a smaller hammer would suit my purposes better. Besides, this hammer is clean and pretty, not all manky and manly like the household hammer.
As I roamed the carpentry section of Bunnings, I noticed some really cool work gloves:
I really had no idea such things existed, but obviously this particular style wouldn’t suit my purposes.
Then I saw these! These are serious work gloves, with silicon pads to absorb shock. I’d been tweeting while I waited for my husband to finish his shopping, so the next part I blame on Gillian:
I thought that sounded absurd but plausible. Left to my own devices, slightly bored with a hammer in one hand and a silicone glove on the other, I started to tap my gloved fingers.
Then I tapped harder. Then I properly whacked my hand with the hammer a few times and felt nothing. They’re incredible, those silicon gloves. I convinced myself they were a worthwhile purchase and I went to find my husband. But when I showed him my fancy gloves, his epic eyeroll sent me back to pick up some simpler (and possibly more useful) neoprene gloves.
These are lightweight and while I wouldn’t purposefully bang my fingers while wearing these gloves, I do think they’ll absorb some shock and provide protection for my nails and cuticles. They’re not exactly necessary, but I’m not the worlds most graceful person and I do work hard with my hands.
Do you go sewing shopping at hardware stores? What have you found there? I think they generally have higher quality tools/hardware (when you can find it) for lower prices than sewing stores. What do you think?
Australians- I just want to let you know I found out what was holding up our pattern shipment in Customs. I’ve sorted it out, and fingers crossed I may get our patterns tomorrow!
Meanwhile, I have a Hummingbird Dress to go play with… I’ll be sure to document what I do and upload it to sewingcake! What do you think about this dress, made up in a black and white stripe? Maybe with 3/4 sleeves, no collar?