Terrific Tool Thursday: THE Oliso

Okay, full disclosure, I had to actually google whether this was terrific tool Thursdays or Thursday’s terrific tool. It’s been that long since I’ve posted a cool tool! But I am back with a doozy. The Oliso. I know what some of you may be thinking. Is it worth it? Can it really be that great? Do I really need another iron? The answer to all of the above is yes! 


For an iron, it can be a bit spendy. Think of it in terms of fabric. Do I want 15 yards of fabric or do I want the most amazing ironing experience of my life? For those of you who aren’t familiar, what is unique about the Oliso is that it pops up and down. This means you never pick up the iron. When you are quilting all day and pressing repeatedly, it makes a huge difference in how your wrist feels at the end of the day. Here’s a short video.


I have definitely heard rumblings about Oliso’s that leak water. I will say I hear these complaints about most irons. I have no concrete facts on whether this iron or that iron leaks more. That said, I do not use steam and therefore do not ever put water in my iron. None of my irons leak;) I can say that a really good way to prolong the life of your iron, is to use a spray bottle instead of putting water in the iron. 

Another full disclosure, I was given this iron by Oliso last Spring at Market. I wanted to use it a bit before I introduced it on the blog. After a few short months of use, one had to be purchased for The Guru! Iron envy is a dangerous dynamic for a mother daughter duo. If/When this one dies, I’ll be purchasing a replacement stat. My wrist thanks me in advance.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Kwik Klip


It’s time for one of my favorite tools! I baste with safety pins and that can kill your fingers. The Kwik Klip not only saves your fingers, it also makes you go faster.


You just slide the clip underneath the pin and then press the safety pen down to close. It makes basting (slightly) less annoying! Here’s a video of the Kwik Klip in action.

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Mastering the 1/4″ Seam

Today’s tool is one if my favorite for teaching. One of the most frequent questions I get is how to sew a accurate 1/4″ seam. The first step to this is seeing what the 1/4″ seam on YOUR machine looks like. This is my go to tool!

This is my quarter inch foot and you can see how for an accurate 1/4″, I want my fabric just barely in from the foot. It’s called the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. You can ask for it from your local quilt shop too! It’s the best tool under $10 that you’ll find.

xx LC

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Terrific Tool Thursday: Cut ‘n Press

Today’s tool is pretty basic, but I use it every single day! It’s the Cut ‘n Press from June Tailor. It’s perfect for taking to class and on retreat. It’s a cutting board on one side and a pressing board on the other.

I use the pressing side at home because it’s such a great surface. It’s a bit harder than my regular ironing board. 


I have both the 10″ square and the 12 x 18″. Well, technically I have three of the 12 x 18″ size. Seriously, I use them all the time.

Tonight is my Market Preview Party at Village Fabric Shop! If you’re local, come by 5-7 pm!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Ironing Mat

 
This week’s Terrific Tool is one that I use almost every day. It’s also something that I didn’t even know I needed until I had it! It’s an Ironing Mat made by Bo Nach. It’s a bit thicker than most mats with the added benefit of being perforated, but still see-thru.

 
The mat works great for appliqué. I use it to protect my iron from interfacing. It allows steam to penetrate because of the holes. I use steam with this mat on interfacing that calls for a damp pressing cloth.

 
If you’re local, I’ve spied these at both Village Fabric Shop and Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Sewline Glue

  

I’m always on the hunt for tools to make appliqué easier. I came across this glue by Sewline which works well for appliqué AND a whole bunch of other things! I’ve started using it on English Paper Piecing and even the corners of my binding.

  

It’s the consistency of a glue stick. And the best part…water soluble so it easily washes out. The glue is blue as you apply it so you can see how much you’ve used. 

 

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: The Mini Iron

 
If you’re like me, you wish you could transport your entire sewing room when you take a class or go on retreat! One thing that makes me particularly crazy is using a not so strong mini iron or having to lug my regular big iron with me. Then I got this!

It’s the perfect size for travel! And the cord wraps up very neatly. The best part…it’s very hot! I don’t tend to use steam, but it does steam. I picked mine up locally Sew Original.

xo 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: Magnetic Case

 
So you know when someone posts something cute on social media and you HAVE to check it out and then before you know it, your cart is full of awesome?! Good, it’s not just me! Well, that happened when my friend Asha posted some cute pins and I found this cute shop Snuggly Monkey on Etsy and they had these cute embroidery kits from Sublime Stitching.

 

They’re magnetic! What?! It’s the greatest thing to ever happen to my on the go sewing. I straight up had loose needles in my purse before this! It’s so handy and it’s a hard case so they don’t get bent.

xo LC 

Terrific Tool Thursday: Roxanne’s Glue

   
I’m a big fan of appliqué and I glue down my pieces to stitch. This glue, Roxanne’s Glue Baste It, is awesome. It’s very thin glue and washes out easily.

 

Plus the super fine tip makes it easy to put small dots along the edge. It’s more expensive than some of the other glues, but I use less of it, so it evens out.

 
xo LC