I just thought it would be fun today to do a little round up of sewing notions. And before I get too far, this isn't a complete list or a review of anything, just more of a casual type thing I thought might be fun to talk about. And I'd love to hear any interesting tips or tricks you've picked up along the way. I love hearing things like "my grandma taught me how to use ___ and it works really great". I had posted about the Zipper Ease product on Instagram the other day and there were a bunch of you that told me other tricks to use on sticky zippers. How awesome is that?
Might as well start off with this product called Zipper-Ease. I was excited that it's made in Michigan. It's to help zippers that are sticky. I find that sometimes certain brands of zippers are stickier than others. I've used it on a few zippers just to try it and I think it'll be really great when that perfect color zipper I need just needs a little help.
Sewline Glue Pen. I just found this in my drawer of goodies. I think I had purchased it when I was doing more paper piecing. I'd love to know what you use it for. Seems like a really great product.
Marking Tools. [Clockwise from top] My Hera Marker gets used fairly infrequently because I don't do a ton of quilting. I've used it a lot recently with my Cargo Duffles. It's great because it just leaves a crease for you to sew on. Nothing to wipe of afterwards and for me it's pretty easy to see where the marking is. Next up is Clover Tailors Chalk, this one is new to me. I've needed a light colored marking tool for a long time now and I think it'll be perfect. I purchased a Sewline Styla water soluble pen a few months ago. I like the smaller point and how smooth it rolls. I don't think the color is quite dark enough sometimes, but other than that it's been working great. Last up for my marking tools is my Mark-B-Gone. This one is my favorite. It has lasted forever (I think 2 or 3 years?) and I use it almost every time I sew. It's felt tip is pretty wide after a lot of use, but it's quick and leave a nice line.
Clover Fork Pins. I just picked these up, too! I've been curious about them for quite a while. Perfect for quilting and patchwork or when you need to line up seams with a great deal of accuracy. Hoping to give these a try more in the coming months.
Workhorses. Yep, these ones really do their duty. [From Top] My hem gauge gets toted along everywhere. It's a great little size for anywhere. I suppose it's mainly for measuring hems, but useful for any kind of measuring. There's a little slider that you can use to make it easier to know where you need to measure. Handy and cheap, it's one of my faves. Next is my bent and well loved chop stick. This thing gets put through the ringer. I use it for turning projects, it's really great for pouches and poking out zipper ends. I've also used it for random craft projects, such as mixing up glue. Great, huh? :) My favorite scissors are these little Olfa snips I had gotten in the goodie bag at Sewing Summit. They're a great size and perfectly sharp! These are one of the scissors in my house that is definitely off limits to everyone but me. I'm greedy like that. Oh, and I can't ever seem to find them at any local stores. If you know where to find them online leave a comment below! Lastly is a new seam ripper, again by Clover. I actually love the one that came with my sewing machine, but a good seam ripper seems kind of hard to find. I had a white Clover seam ripper but found it to be too dull, maybe I got a reject. Anyway, I wasn't terribly sad when I left it behind at a sewing meet up. I'm hoping this brown one makes a good back up.
Last up are my notions that hold things. I couldn't be without my Clover Wonder Clips. They're great for holding many thick layers together as well as being awesome when it comes to binding a quilt. They're pricey, but I think the value for outweighs the cost. I also had my husband pick up some gigantic washers a while back. I've been intending to make pattern weights like Jess did, but haven't gotten around to it. I just use them as is to weigh things down. I also found that these make a really great marking tool to trace around for pocket corners.
Anyway, some of these are new to me and some I've used a long time. I know there are lots and lots of other sewing goodies out there, and I'm sure I forgot to include some of the ones I use. I'd love to hear anything you love or don't love about your notions, these notions, some other persons notions. I've got a notion. You know, spill it, I want to hear it!