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November 27, 2011

I AM SUCH A GADGET PERSON...

...sewing gadgets that is.  Are you a sewing gadget person too? I'm always in search of just the right tool to make my sewing work easier and more precise; so when I first laid eyes on this baby - I just knew it had to be mine.

I first saw it mentioned here at the Cupcake Goddess blog (nka A Fashionable Stitch) about a year ago.  As you can see by the label on the box, I was able to pick mine up from B. Black & Sons in NYC.  However, like so many of my "I have to have it" gadgets - never even used it.  UNTIL ... today when trying to straighten the loop-sided hem grain of the skirt I'm currently working on.  RESULTS:  it worked perfectly!
Now I won't have to sweat so hard to get my hem straight.  I certainly need to pull out more of my GADGETS (and use them) to make my work more precise. Lately I've also been using my blind hem foot for hemming - got to convince myself that not every garment has to be hemmed by hand.
So I ask you, ARE YOU A GADGET PERSON TOO????

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Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth asked how I appliqued the cardi in my last post.
 
This cardi was my very first applique project.  I cut out different shaped scrap pieces of the leopard fabric and arranged randomly by pinning on the sweater.  I had to refer to my machine manual to identify the stitch to use, and used another one of my gadgets - an applique foot.  I practiced on a scrap and soon got the hang of stitching around the curves.  The cardi was thrifted for $4.50 so the cost factor made the fact that this was my first project a little less scary.  I see so much creativity over the world wide web I want to try my hand at more of it.

12 comments:

  1. i have one of those pin hem markers as well, and they can be super useful!!

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  2. I'm not a gadget person, but I've always wondered about that gizmo. I'm the kind of person who finds gadgets hard to figure out.

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  3. i need one! i think my mom had the same one. I have been looking for the dritz bound buttonhole maker...sewers need gadgets!

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  4. I buy Gadget once in a while but I usually forget I have them... Not sure if I have this in my collection, but its something I will like to own.

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  5. I am a gadget person. I spent more on the accessories then my machine, but I use them all. Anything to give more professional results, imo, is worth it.

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  6. I have one of those hem markers and I've never used it. I think I'll give it a try for hemming my Christmas dress. Thank you for reminding me about it!

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  7. I have one of those and love it. They are fabulous for pinning a very full formal gown correctly without going nuts. Highly recommend.

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  8. Ooh I NEEED one of those. lol. I'm on the hunt.

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  9. I'm guilty of having tools I don't use. But after I discovered that I had a narrow zipper foot that I didn't know about, my goal has been to use more of my presser feet. This weekend I discovered the edge stitching foot that came with my sewing machine. So, I'm working on it!

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  10. I've always looked at that hem gadget and never bought. I pin up my own clothes and truly have no idea if they are straight. I pin up dresses, especially bridesmaids dresses and wonder if that would make my life easier? hmm.

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  11. Yes, I am a gadget person. I've about purchasing this little gadget, but took a pass on it. I pin my own hems. Sometimes I have to redo them. But for the most part they come out pretty good.

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  12. I don't have the hem marker gadget. bit I used to (does that count?).

    I have enough gadgets that I should just post pictures of open drawers of my sewing cabinets. Some day ...

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