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Friday, February 16, 2018

Handy Sewing Tools

This past weekend, Susan and I headed to the Suwanee Valley Quilt shop.  While there I mentioned to Susan that I had the 3 1/2 inch forceps they had for sale.  Only difference, Bob bought them for me at Harbor Freight!  And they were  only $2.99!





In fact, I like them so much I have two pair and we bought a pair for my bud back in Michigan.  They are great to use for pulling heavy threads through projects or even to use in your beading! 

So while looking at the forceps, I also looked for a leather thimble.  I keep forgetting to pick one up at JoAnn's.   Last year, my online bud, Mary Stori, had a post on leather thimbles.  I forgot all about the one I had and so I looked in my needle bag and sure enough there was the little bugger.  I forgot how much I liked using it!   Hence, I've been using it whenever I'm working on my hex's or sewing on bindings. 

 Well, you can see by the pics below how worn it is!  So I bought one while at the quilt shop!   $4.99 not that bad.



So while looking at the forceps, I also looked for a leather thimble.  I keep forgetting to pick one up at JoAnn's.   Last year, my online bud, Mary Stori, had a post on leather thimbles.  I forgot all about the one I had and so I looked in my needle bag and sure enough there was the little bugger.  I forgot how much I liked using it!   Hence, I've been using it whenever I'm working on my hex's or sewing on bindings. 







 Well, you can see by the pics below how worn it is!  So I bought one while at the quilt shop!   $4.99 not that bad.


It may take awhile to break it in but I'm glad to have a new one!  Thanks, Mary, for the post back in 2016!

And last but not least!  If you're in the market for a new quilting ruler you have to get one of these!!!  They are made by Quilters Select and they are wonderful! 


I was gifted one by my bud, Carol T. back in Michigan for my birthday and it's one of those gifts that 'keeps on giving'!!!  It has a unique non-slip surface that really is non-slip!  It's wonderful!  I have used it so often and just told Bob I need to buy some other sizes.  Hint, hint! 

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder about the non-slip ruler…..I DEF. need one……seems my downward pressure to hold it in place is often a bit forward too….allowing the ruler to slip……

    Regarding leather thimbles….the type I sold in class look like our quilters version but were much denser…held up much longer. I used to get them from an industrial supply house that sold hand and finger protectors. But the trick I explained to increase the life of one leather thimble works great!

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  2. Good to have your reviews. I need to look for a non-slip ruler- have made more errors in cutting from the ruler misbehaving! The leather thimble- that is just the kind I used when I started quilting before I became comfortable wearing a less flexible thimble. I went through quite a few of them. That was the one downside of them- they'd get thin and you'd know it when the needle pierced a finger. But they are comfortable and useful. Sending you an e-mail about the AQS show in Daytona shortly.

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  3. Great tools for our beloved hand crafts. I am not good about using a thimble and my poor fingers show it. Non-sliding rulers are amazing...when I don’t use mine I always get off track at the end. Wonderful Weekend Dear...<3

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