Tips And Tools Tuesday – Let’s Talk Tweezers

Tweezers? Really? But, seriously. Let's talk.

I know, tweezers may not be a well publicized quilting/sewing tool, but, I believe that once you use a pair, you'll see how invaluable they are, too!

First, let's talk types. No matter which brand you chose, you'll find that there are basically two shapes. Straight or bent.

I guess, for me, one of the BIGGEST questions to ask about which type of tweezer to choose is "How well does it grip?"

Has this ever happened to you?  You've finally gotten that pesky thread through the needle, but just barely. And, every time you try to grab it to pull it through, it pushes back through the eye. AAAAAAAAGH! Sound familiar?

 

Notice the serrations on this bent tweezer.

These allow me to grip and hold even the tiniest things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like thread that doesn't want to cooperate!

 

 

 

Another feature to consider before buying, is the size.

 

 

The tweezers I like the best are 6" long. They are referred to as serger tweezers.

 

 

 

 

These other two are only 4 1/2" long. Due to their smaller size , they are a bit more difficult to use.  The change in my grip causes hand strain. Something I don't need!

 

 

 

 

Plus, they have no serrations for gripping anything. An important fact I did not notice until I got them home and out of the package.  🙁

 

 

 

Another big difference between tweezers is "How wide do they spring back open?"

The 6" ones open up to almost 3/4".

The 4 1/2 " ones open to only 3/16" .

The amount that it springs back open will effect the ease with which you can grip things.

 

 

Before you leave the store with a pair of tweezers, check for serrations with which to grip, how it's length feels in your hand, and how easily it springs back open after using.

As always, I hope this tool helps make your sewing and quilting easier!

Diane

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