Sewing Notions Come Out of Hiding

by Ramona on December 31, 2012

It’s like discovering cash in your pocket, or finding hidden treasure.  Purchased during a moment of impulse and excitement for something new, I’ve re-discovered long forgotten gadgets and notions buried under other sewing ephemera!  I’m feeling a new year resolution coming on …………

First up, the mini iron from our buddies, Clover USA. Where have you been all this time, little one??

Next, the felxible ruler. This one has been stewing for years along with the other items. It is fantastic for the times you are actually designing your clothing. When wrapped around certain parts of your body, it takes that shape and thus helps the user create a garment fit very close to your own shape, such as the crotch seam in a pair of pants.  That is its function, I was told. We’ll find out when I use it.

And then there’s the Wave Edge ruler. This is a perfect example of good looks overcoming reason.  I mean, how pretty is this ruler, and how could I not buy it?  Marketed more to quilting enthusiasts, this wave ruler is going into 2013 and WILL be used in fashion sewing projects. Just wait…………

Little cousin of the Wave Edge ruler is the scallop thingy, below.  Same scenario — the sheer prettiness of Katie’s Scallop Radial Rule got to me and has been hiding with it’s sister notions all this time. Never mind, little scallop thingy, mama’s here. It’s manufactured by Katy Lane Quilts.

 The award for the most aptly named notion in my posession goes to —- “The Spinster”!  This gadget helps you create twisted cords to your taste, and has been patiently waiting for me to use it since the late 90s. The instructions that came with it are typed on a typewriter (what’s that?).

I do not quilt, let alone hand sew the quilts. The “Zip Bind System”, though, is quite fascinating! It is a complete set which makes hand binding with mitered corners quite easy and comes with an instructional DVD. It’s manufactured by another ASG buddy, Martelli Enterprises. I must mention that Martelli Notions’ ergonomic rotary cutter is perenially in use at my house. To purchase, go through the Special Offers link in the Members Only area of the ASG website and get a discount exclusive to ASG members.

Here’s the Bejeweler!!  My posession of this item and its accessories is a direct result of a live demonstration at a sewing/quilting show.  The cover story of Notions’ Fall issue about sewing glitz and glitter, is inspiring me to bring the Bejeweler out of hiding.

Last but not least — the notcher. A penchant for possessing any sewing and designing tool led me to buy the notcher, which at first glance looks like a dental torture item — as in pulling teeth in the old days. But its really a useful item if you design patterns and can mark inward notches. It’s supposed to work on fabric, but the fabric has to have a certain level of body.  The sellers of this item are also ASG friends — “Professional Sewing Supplies”, owner Hisako Nakaya.

So these are only some items that came out of hiding; fear not, there are many more — I can feel them. Do you posess any or all of these items? How have you used them?  Tell us about a long forgotten sewing notion which you brought out of hiding and actually used!

Happy New Year to all readers of this blog!  If you are not a member, you may want to consider joining in 2013.  There’s a lot more to ASG than is apparent in this blog!


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Sue S March 18, 2013 at 1:53 am

I own and actually use the little iron. It helps keep me from steaming my fingers when doing small projects like doll clothes. I bought an electric bobbin winder because I HAD to have it, and the bobbins in my sewing machine don’t fit on it. It sat on a shelf for about five years, but then I bought an embroidery machine, and low and behold those bobbins do fit, so now it gets used a lot!

JeriLynn Saint-Onge March 20, 2013 at 3:10 am

Sue S, I’m thinking of buying a “Side Winder” (bobbin winder) how do you like it and is it worth the money to have one.
Love the blog Ramona, thanks.

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