Here are a few of my favorite things that aid me when I'm preparing fabric, piecing, and hand sewing. I thought I would share them with you. Please look for these items at your local quilt shop. If your LQS doesn't carry them, they are available on my website. If they are out-of-stock, I will restock them soon, so check back.
|Clip-On Magnifying Glasses including four different magnification power lenses|
|Perfect Scissors: 6 inch on the left and 7.5 inch on the right|
First, they are light weight, and as you know, heavy scissors become a problem in short order.
Secondly, the handles are a soft rubber and have wide oval openings that don't rub against your hand making them very, very comfortable. I can't express this enough...they really are oh-so-comfy! (My mom's hand are twisted and full of arthritis, and she sings their praises.)
Lastly, the blades are very sharp, of course, and they have teeny, tiny serrated edges. Those serrated edges do several things for you: they put tiny pinked edges in your fabric...so small you really can't see it, which keeps your fabric from becoming stringy and helps prevent unraveling.
The other thing those serrated blades do is stop the scissors from "traveling" away from you. You know how when you're cutting - say a leaf shape - and the scissors can start to take off away from the shape you're cutting like they have a mind of their own? Well, the serrated edge keeps those scissors going where you want them to go! Now, this is not only important when cutting applique shapes, or hexagons, but for straight cuts, too. Who doesn't want to cut straight? Case in point....I hand cut the strips in the photo above with those scissors and had complete control which was so very important in order to get the design centered for my Ada's Prairie Stitches quilt. Worked like a charm! The size of the scissors is a personal preference.
Click here to read more about them.
|Fine Patchwork Pins|
As I tell quilters attending my workshops, some of you are using pins so thick you could build a house with them! Thick pins (NOT just flower head pins!!) are your enemy. They can distort the fabric as you sew causing numerous problems (see the bumps and curves around each pin.)
|Fine Patchwork Pins|
These fine patchwork pins were engineered precisely for piecing patchwork. They are very thin and go through fabric "like butter". Because they're so fine, they will not distort your seams. If your sewing machine needle hits one, the pins bend but the machine needle does not break, and the heads are glass so you can iron over them if need be. There's also a quilting pin version, with the same colored head with a thicker, longer shaft. Not meant for piecing patchwork though.
Click here for more info on the pins.
I'll have a few more of my favorite things soon. Have any recommendations for good notions or tips to share? I'd love to read them and I'll bet everyone else would too! Please leave a comment so everyone can benefit.....I learn so many good things from all the quilters who take my workshops!