Top Five Tools

As part of my Blogoversary celebration, I’m spending five days sharing top five lists. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on this post! Today, I’m sharing my top five sewing tools. These are more specialty tools but everyone of them I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! 


The Kwik Klip: If you baste with safety pins, you need this tool! It saves your fingers and fingernails. There’s more here including a video of the Klip in action!


Clover Wonderclips: These clips are lifesavers in the sewing studio. You can use them to clip down your binding, keep your pieces or blocks in order and even clip up your hair in a pinch! More here


Sunflower Thread Cutter: This thing is a must when you’re a chain piecing fool! You can clip apart your pieces in half the time. There’s more info here


The Purple Thang: It has so many uses! You can poke out corners and check your quarter inch seam. You’ll reach for it over and over and keep finding new uses! More here


Perfect Seam Guide: Everyone should check their 1/4″ seam! Even if you’re using a 1/4″ foot, it helps to visually see the 1/4″. More here

What are your favorites? 

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Soft & Stable

  
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Do you like to make bags? Or really any 3D sewing object. Then Soft & Stable from Annies should be your go to interfacing. I often substitute it even when it is not the called for interfacing. It is…wait for it…both soft and stable.

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As you can see, it is about 1/8″ thick, but it can easily squish. You DO NOT need to cut it away from the seams which is both time saving and leads to stronger bags. I’ve heard some folks complain about the price, but it’s worth every penny! By the time you’ve purchased the multiple other types of interfacing that would be needed to equal the stability of this, you’d have spent more and created an inferior product. I use it in my All Sewn Up Sewing Kit! Try some out; you’ll never look back.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Twist & Select

Today’s Terrific Tool is something that I never even knew I desperately needed. I got a box of cool notions from Dritz and this thing called the Twist & Select was in there. Basically, it looks like a lipstick tube and you twist down the magnet bottom and fill it up with needles.

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Then when you need needles, you twist up and they all pop out like this. You can easily see all the needles and choose the one you want. Then twist them back down and put the cap on.

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It’s pretty swank!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Fray Check

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It’s time for another terrific tool! Fray Check (from Dritz) is a must for every sewing room. It’s a product that you put on ribbons, fabrics and threads to prevent fraying. It dries clear so there’s no ugly spot (although I do test it on unique ribbons before I go to town). This image was taken right after application so you could see how much I used.

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Here’s a picture of the same ribbon. On the right is the dry fray check and on the left is the piece that I didn’t fray check. I opened and closed the drawstring bag five times and this is how much it frayed. I’ll be trimming it and applying fray check later:)

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You can also use it for making perfect buttonholes!

xo LC

 

Blogoversary Week: New Series!

I’m starting a few new series on the blog. The Terrific Tip Tuesday has been well received and will continue (until I run out of tips;) Every time I think I’m out of tips, a new one pops up, so I think we’re safe.

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The first new series is all about the tools! I’m not much of a gadget person, unless it truly makes it faster and easier! And it’s even better if it’s inexpensive:) These posts will focus on my favorite notions, the things that I actually use! It will be styled much like Terrific Tip Tuesdays, but be on Thursdays…and called Terrific Tool Thursdays. I know, I am super clever.

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Next up is a new series all about COLOR! I love color and I love pulling fabrics. I took my Kona card and cut it up and challenged myself to make 52 palettes with those colors. I had to use everything- even the mauve and hunter green! Over the next year, I’ll have a weekly post called Color Stories. I will post a palette and then pull fabric from my stash based on the palette. I’m sure some will grow up to become quilts and some will just grow up to become inspiration. All will be fun color stories though! This series starts next Friday, June 26.

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The last new series will be Flat & Happy! Flat & Happy is something that I say when I teach; we all want our seams to be Flat & Happy. I’m going to post about the patchwork process, from cutting to piecing to pressing. This series will start next Monday and run for a couple months!

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I’m excited about all these new series and have been dying to start sharing them! The next few weeks should be fun:)

xo LC