Tips And Tools Tuesday – Work Smarter, Not Harder

The older I get, the more I have to find ways to work smarter instead of harder. Our sewing room remodel has made progress. The wall between the sewing room and hallway now has a relocated door and sheet rock. Yay! Notice the red contraption in the left side of the photo? It is for Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Balking At Bulk?

Does your sewing machine BALK at a bulky seam?  Mine does.     Sometimes I need to sew over an intersection where many seams converge as in this eight-pointed star. When the presser foot reaches the bulkiness, it “balks”.  It just sits and sews in place. I used to have to tug a bit on Read More

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 Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Chatelaine – a What?

I’ve always enjoyed hand-work and usually just place my hand-stitching supplies on the end-table next to my chair.   When I hand-quilt, I use a hoop to hold my quilt.  I’d get all settled with the hooped quilt in hand (and wrapped all around me) and realize I’d forgotten one or more of the supplies I needed. Drat! Then I’d have to Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Headlamp

Today’s subject is near and dear to my heart. Well, actually, to my eyes. It’s light. The older I get, the more light I need to see things clearly. Age 40 seems to be where light requirements really begin to increase rapidly! A 40 year old requires twice as much light as they did when they were 20.  Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – An Unusual Pressing Tool

For our son’s eighth birthday, (more than twenty years ago), we gave him his first pocket knife.     It was dinky. Only 2 1/2″ long. But, he wanted to learn to whittle. He also, loved to fish. And a boy needs a pocket knife for fishing.             The first Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Clappers

Clapping Makes Your Seams Lay Flat  (That sounds similar to a popular song title.) What is a “Clapper”? And what does it have to do with quilting or sewing? A clapper is a tool used during pressing to make a seam lay as flat as possible. It’s usually made from hardwood and there are several Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Travel Iron

Today’s tool is a travel iron.  It’s lightweight, but does a great job! I searched the internet and found several different styles, but this is the only one with a collapsible handle. (I didn’t do an exhaustive search, so there may be another one out there.) This one is a Black and Decker Travel Pro. Read More