Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Some of my favorite (handsewing) things

While you are all still waiting with bated breath for corset pictures. I'll give you my own little unfinished list of favorite sewing tools. I would love to hear about yours in the comments. I'm always looking for things to make my life easier.

1. Wonder Clips. These handy little clips can hold multiple pieces of fabric together without pinning. You can clip fabric to your cutting board when cutting bias strips. They hold very firmly. They also come in a larger size.

2. Flower Head Pins These are nice and long and flexible. So they hold multiple layers well and are nice for hold cartridge pleats in place.
3. Flexible Rubber Thimble I actually have a couple of different sizes. They are not uncomfortable, I sometimes forget they are on and they save me from hurtng myself. They also make it easier to push through heavy cloth.
4. Kiss Off  stain remover. I bleed all over everything. No matter how many thimbles I wear, stabby, stab, stab, stab. So this stuff takes it off like magic.
5. See Thru Dressmakers Ruler 
Simplify your life. This makes it easier to draw straight lines when handstitching corset channels or any other topstitching.
Those are just some little things. There are lots of other things; iron, ironing board, etc.  but these little beauties are some of my favorites.