Readers, I got some new toys. Don't you just love when you find that sewing gadget that absolutely blows your mind and you wonder how you ever lived without it? Of course you do! Let's geek out over some notions, why don't we?
First up is this Clover Chaco Liner Pen (pictured above) which my draping teacher Sharon introduced me to. Good grief, I love this thing. No more messing about with dull chalk wedges that draw horrible chunky lines! This thingie has a thin wheel at the tip that dispenses a pencil-thin line of chalk. And it works perfectly in conjunction with a clear ruler. I got one in pink and I think I want to marry it. I used it to mark bound buttonholes and it changed my life. (New Yorkers, they sell these at SIL Thread on 38th Street.)
Next, I present to you the Clover Double Tracing Wheel. I'd heard tell of these wonders, and saw one in action for the first time in my trouser class last night. You can trace the seam line and the seam allowance on a pattern all in one fell swoop! Perfect for making muslins, and also marking seam allowances for patterns that don't come with them. Sew Fast Sew Easy sells them in the store, and I bought one on the spot after Kenneth King, our teacher, demonstrated it. I haven't actually used it yet, but I'm pretty sure it's going to change my life too.
Lastly, have you guys tried Soak? I bought some a couple months ago to wash my delicate fabrics in. It's great for that, of course, but I really love it for spot cleaning my sewing projects. If you have some stubborn chalk marks you want to remove or Diet Coke you sprayed over your beautiful work-in-progress (been there, done that), put some of this stuff on a q-tip, swab it on the area, and let it sit for about ten minutes. Then rinse the spot under water. Comes out like magic! Plus, the Flora scent smells like candy. Mmmm.
That's all for now, just some good old notion talk. I just had to geek out and I knew you'd understand. Have you discovered any fab new notions lately?