Do you like lists? I love them. The ever delightful Pip at Meet Me At Mike's is hosting a Week of Lists and I am jumping right on board.
Here is my list of 5 consumables that I find make life easier when I am sewing.
- Tracing paper
Save your expensive original patterns printed on that perilously thin paper ... trace and alter your pattern pieces using sturdier tracing paper. lf you live in Australia, Spotlight sells well-priced rolls of a medium-weight tracing paper. I also like Burda's lighter-weight Tissue Paper (pictured), as its sold folded and easy to store.
- Fusible webbing
Iron-on fusible webbing which is very handy for fabric crafts such as applique. I was previously a fan of Vliesofix's Wonder-Under, but am a recent convert to Applifix after picking some up at a craft show. Its by far the best webbing I have tried. It handles so well - the paper has a really nice weight and the webbing does not flake away from the backing. Its manufactured in Australia by applique specialists The Craft Cubby.
- Seam sealant
Liquid adhesive that permanently binds fibres. I use it to secure the ends of overlocking. Its also great for preventing fabric edges and ribbon ends from fraying. I use a Australian-manufactured brand called Helmar's Fray Stoppa, but have read excellent reviews of the USA-manufactured Dritz Fray Check.
- Quilt basting spray
Spray-on adhesive that can temporarily be used to stick layers of fabric together while you are sewing. As long as you are not overcome by fumes, this is a very effective way of stopping layers from shifting. The adhesive can be laundered out. I use an excellent odourless spray - Helmar's 101 Quilt Basting Spray.
- Tailor's chalk in a pencil
It has to be Clover brand Water Soluble Pencils! You will generally find these sold with quilting supplies. They are available in white, pink and blue and have a pleasingly soft lead that won't brush off before you have finished sewing. You just need to make sure you don't drop these pencils too often as the chalk tends to break throughout the pencil. I have found that the light blue pencil is a pretty good universal colour (except on some blues of course!).
Do you have all-time favourite that belongs on this list? (Maybe there is something I need to go an buy!)
Later in the week, I will add more lists, including my favourite sewing tools and publications.
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