|A purple shamrock in bloom. Named "Charmed Wine" this little beauty caught my eye in the garden center. It was just getting ready to bloom. Isn't it beautiful?|
Lets talk about a few simple tools that many sewists use and appreciate.
A standard sewing aid, beeswax is the favorite and original thread conditioner. Available in most fabric shops and online shops, it tames those finicky threads and provides a coated glide to any thread making hand stitching easier. Whether I am working on a cross stitch piece or hemming a quilt binding by hand I run the thread through the little slots in the plastic wax holder then using a press cloth or even freezer paper, lightly press the thread with a warm iron to tame those fussy little strands. Cost is between $4.50-5.00 US, mine is years old. In fact, the wax is actually dried up and flaking when I use it. Time for a replacement.
Relatively new to the Sewist is the Wonder Clip, by Clover. A take-off on the traditional binder clip, these little spring loaded clips now come in several sizes. My originals were a standard size in the industry. They work so well to hold fabric without pucker, without shift in the fabric from pin insertion and they leave no holes.
|The package contained 24 units, purchased on Amazon. The mini's also came from Amazon, the standard sized red clip from a local quilt shop. I don't remember how many were in the package, I remember not many. Do not remember cost.|
|I mentioned this rotary cutter before but it deserves mention here. It is pressure loaded and the blade automatically retracts once the pressure on the mat is removed. Totally married to this one.|
Another favorite in Sewtopia are the Kai scissors. Big ones, little ones and everything in between. They are well weighted, very sharp and reasonably priced.