I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now, having splurged a few months ago on some new sewing tools when WeaverDee opened for business. But before I wrote about them I thought it was worth actually using them first to report back! Do you like new toys for sewing too?
So first of all I was captivated by the needle twister because I had previously been such a lazy (but completely normal) sewist, sticking needles in my pin cushion. What happens when you do this? They sometimes get lost- poking right through & losing themselves in the insides. Or you accidentally pick a needle when you really want a pin & growl with frustration as your speed has to slow & maybe something has slipped in the meantime. AND it also meant for me that I really only kept three needles at most in the pincushion & when I needed them, it would be a challenge locating them amongst the pins. Sound at all familiar?
SO this gadget made me smile, especially when I saw the video. I have to confess i do not usually watch products on YouTube, but I wanted to understand how this worked. I treated myself to new needles as well and couldn’t wait to play with it when it arrived.
And it hasn’t disappointed. It’s a slim little tube with a click on lid. Wind the tube to raise the magnetic ‘home’ of the needles. By doing this, all your needles fan out like a team of synchronised swimmers’ legs making a star in the water, but don’t fall out. I have dropped this on the floor, with the lid off (maybe not whilst the needles have been on display) & the magnet keeps needles in the holder. It makes selecting your needle very easy. It also fits very nicely in one of the pockets of my sewing tidy – easy to hand. And if you carried projects around with you it is an excellent way to transport your needles without fear of stabbing yourself accidentally or losing any.
OK, what about this aqua glue marker? I was also intrigued – as I love using Wonder Tape for setting hems on knits particularly, and also for setting zips in zip pockets. This was a wash out glue. how would it compare to Wonder Tape?
I tried it out first on a zip pocket in lycra and I have to say the fixing did not work. This glue didn’t like the lycra, maybe it was because it was sports lycra & it resisted the “aqueous” part of the glue. However, I did try it on wovens – look here, I took some photos.
I used it to set the first side of the zip (using the lapped zipper technique) in some shorts i will be sharing later on this blog. No pins at all – it was great.
However, for the second side of the zip I was not convinced I would get a perfect match with the waistband seam, and so reverted to pins again. It may have been OK, but somehow I was not confident that the glue would hold for a double thickness of folded zip lapping.
I was really impressed with how it worked for creating belt loops – gluing the folds down before sewing. (Even if I didn’t use them in the end!)
And I also used it to fix the ribbons that I used instead of belt loops. You can see here that when the glue dries it is white, no longer yellow. It also came off really easily with water. I shall be using this glue for some of the jobs that I do, but still have my Wonder Tape for working with knits. (I stacked up in the sale!)
This is like double sided tape, except it dissolves in the wash. Not only is it a great way to fix hems before sewing without pins, but it is a really good way to set hems when the fabric is messing you around & you want it to behave. I’ve used this tape on fine knits & also crochet knits where the hems want to stretch out of shape. This tape asserts the sewist’s control once again.
OK, they are a couple of reviews I’ve made – & if you want to buy anything from WeaverDee, including any of these products, use ‘SCRUFFY’ at the checkout to get 10% off. I have shopped a few times with WeaverDee & they turn orders around really quickly & have had awesome sales! I stocked up on invisible zips & the wonder tape above at the last one!
Now, what some other gadgets/ tools? I have not used them yet but will give them a go soon.
Collar stays- I bought these in Truro fabrics as I make a lot of men’s shirts as gifts for my boys.
Has anyone used them? Any top tips? I guess you have to sew little diagonal pockets for them?
And then I also bought this pencil from WeaverDee. Iron pattern transfer pencil, water eraseable.
Basically it looks like it would be brilliant for embroidery and maybe applique too – Trace a design onto plain paper, then iron onto fabric. Pink pencil marks will disappear after the first wash. Has anyone used this yet? I am planning some embroidery, but I am not sure this will be helpful as it’s to be done on a dark fabric….I will let you know.
And finally can I share what is my idea of the ultimate comfort?
It’s having whole reels of elastic! I have a couple of different widths & it makes life so much simpler – not having to buy on demand….what about you? Have you worked this one out before? Places like WeaverDee & Minerva sell by the roll as well as by the length. As a convenience I think it is definitely worth the outlay- & it will all get used.
Do you have any top tips for tools / shopping that make a sewists’ life that bit more relaxing & easier? Please share!