Yesterday as I was sewing I was thinking about the recent finds that have made my sewing easier. Now most of the sewing community have been using these gadgets for years, but I guess I have been oblivious to them. Now mind you, I have been sewing for 40 plus years and quilting for more than 20.
These are nothing earth shattering, but I am so glad they are now in my "things" that I can't live without. Okay, I can live without them, but I would be a cranky, or, crankier person. lol
We will start with the clips. Oh my gosh, how did I bind quilts without these little things? Well, first of all, with lots and lots of pins that I constantly jabbed my fingers with!
I also cross-stitch. I like to color my patterns with colored pencils when I finish a certain area. I could never get a sharp point on the pencils. Tried every sharpener out there, battery ones are not strong enough. The little plastic sharpeners are a joke. Then, at a recent quilt expo ... they were selling of all things the old metal pencil sharpeners that I knew as a kid. WOW, why didn't I buy more ... brain never works that way. Okay, they may be available somewhere else, but these eyes never spotted them. another lol
Thimbles .... I have tried a few in the last plus 20 years. My sewing buddy, friend, confidant, and more spotted these at Joann Fabrics. They are made by Clover, and another WOW, they are terrific. I use to have to wear a finger cozy on my finger to keep my other thimbles on, because they were always to large. Small thimbles always to small. Here again ... need to pick up a couple more to keep in my different areas of sewing.
Oh, looking at that rubber finger? Used many of these before I retired from office work. But I found another use for them. Again, replaced the finger cozy that I wore on my finger to pull my needles up thru fabric. Really, really works good and grabs those little needles w/o any problems.
My new gadget that I will "never ever" give up, a walking foot for my sewing machine. I am a hand quilter .. so why would I want one of these for my sewing machine? Well, I found a fabric panel and a table runner that I wanted to get completed pretty quickly..... So time for a walking foot. Completed the wall hanging, it leaves a lot to be desired sewing wise. Sewing a straight line is gonna take a little practice. Not going to give up, and unless you put your nose directly on my wall hanging you might not see the mis-sews. lol. Don't put your nose on this picture either.
Time to hit the shower .. This has been an all day process, have more to show but will do at another time.