Sewing Tools/Supplies/Ideas Update!
Many of you commented about some of the tools and supplies that you keep on hand. Thank you, because either I forgot about some of these things or I have them and I don't use them on a consistent basis for every project. Here are some excerpts from the comments and links if possible to the commenter's blog and my own comments:
Myra: " . . .Wright's bias tapes in many colors, lightweight fusible interfacing, webbing and narrow steam a seam 2 for turning up knit hems . . . tracing paper, the large pad, about 11x14, from the architectural section of office depot for tracing off and amending patterns . . ."
Excellent idea on the paper, Myra! I'd never thought about looking at the office supply stores for that sort of paper. I usually use tissue paper, but that's another post!
Vicki: " . . . sleeve roll and a clapper for pressing . . ."
These are tools I don't have, but obviously are very useful. [Note to any reading family members: add these to my Christmas list!]
Stephanie: ". . .seam ripper . . ."
Uh, yeah, I'm sure many of us use this tool way more than we want to or want to admit! I actually prefer my little scissors for this job, especially ripping out 4 thread serged seams. Yes, I've BTDT.
Miriam in KS: "I have one of the "freebie" makeup bags in a rectangular box shape that I put to use as a travel sewing kit. Black and white thread, assorted packet of hand sewing needles, small scissors, water soluble pen, a pencil, an emery board, safety pins, and a seam ripper. A lot of times, it "travels" with me from my sewing machine to the living room so my supplies are contained while I do handwork and 'watch' tv in the easy chair! I put it together back in 1999 while chaperoning my daughter's choir trip. I was the uniform chair and wanted to be able to sew buttons back on if needed or do other repairs."
Now why haven't I thought of that? I'm forever getting up from the chair in the TV room because I forgot my scissors. And thread. And ruler. And . . . whatever. I might have well just stayed in the studio!
ejvc from Stitchers' Guild: "I now have a special long needle for basting, basting thread, a thimble and embroidery scissors that I keep together for doing handwork. The basting thread is like a super thin string and it's really nice to use - two strands of embroidery floss are similar. I use a spool made by Coats but I think there is some Japanese thread out there as well that comes in a skein. Also I keep needles in a needle book - it's two leaves of felt sewn down the middle into a cross-stitched cover (my last bit of cross-stitching!) down the middle. Super simple and gives four felt leaves of needles. And doesn't poke you."
Smart ideas - I do have a very thin shiny rayon thread I use for basting. It doesn't leave marks and is very easy to remove.
Thank you all for contributing and I hope that it will inspire or sparks some ideas for the rest of us!
Parting Shot: Sneak Peek, as promised. Here's the jacket and top worn with jeans and the entire suit by itself. I'll post about the top tomorrow and show you pictures of me wearing the full suit on Monday.