I have a big birthday at the end of the year, I am already being asked what I would like. I think I would like a big cake and a weekend away, but in crafting terms I think I would like an overlocker.
This is the tricky bit. do I really need an overlocker? will I use it? and which one to buy?
After a quick internet search I found an article with lots of information “Should I buy an overlocker?” but i still am battling with the idea of having something i will not use.
I can live with out it, and use my normal machine, but it is a big birthday and it warrants something special. Dilemma
Let me know what you think
Interfacing, the word is used a lot today to describe plugging an electrical gadget into you computer.
But in crafting terms it is a product used for stiffening fabric.
There are different types depending on what finish you what on the item you are making. For example, a bag needs to be stiff, so you would use heavy interfacing. but for a collar of a blouse made for shear fabric only a lightweight is needed.
There are also different colours, so a dark fabric would have a dark interfacing.
There is also sew in and iron on.
And there are lots of specialist interfacing.
The best thing to do to navigate the variety and range is to look at the pattern you are creating, and buy what is suggested.
I also keep on hand medium weight interfacing as it is a good all-rounder for moth projects.
If you look at you average high street, the good old fashioned haberdashery has gone.
They have been replaced by the craft shop or vanished all together.
If there is a market you could be lucky to has a haberdashery stall.
What is all the fuss you ask, I can still get what I need from the craft shops or on the internet?
The fuss is simple, if you have ever rummaged through a store that has a huge variety of goods, like a haberdashery or army and navy store or antquie shop, you will know the thrill you get when you find something you can’t live with out. You didn’t go to the shop for it but, if the price is right, you will be leaving with it. You will add the item to your collection of ‘one day I might need that’, and the buzz of finding that something new will last a couple of days. Then there is the afternoons you will send looking at this collection and finally the day that the item became useful.
A haberdashery is not a shop or store it is an experience that lasts for months and sometimes years.
Crafting is a hobby that I love, and I make my living from. You could say I have my cake and I eat it. (I love cake too)
So what is the tool I can not live without. Well there are several, but the old saying goes
Measure twice, cut once
The measuring tools I use in my crafting are varied.
- Needle gauge – for measuring the size of your knitting needles
- WPI gauge – (wraps per inch) for deciding if the wool I am using is double knitting or 4 ply
- Seam guide – to ensure my sewn seams are all 1/4 inch wide
- metre rule – for measuring my fat quarters
- bead gauge, picot gauge, hem gauge, sewing gauge.
There is a gauge for most things.
So which one would I choose?
All of them because in there own way they make my life easier, and that can only be a good thing.
The size of a fat quarter will depend on were you buy it. An English fat quarter is a quarter of a meter, where as an American fat quarter is a quarter of a yard. Always check the packaging for the size, especially if you have a particular project in mind.
I mainly use fat quarters for Patchwork, which originally developed as a thrifty craft, using fabrics recycled from old clothing and other items. If the finished design is going to be washed a lot , or example a baby quilt, then the same type of material needs to be used due to the different washing temperatures i.e. all cotton, however any type of fabric can be used for decorative projects like wall hangings.
Fabric can be bought for a project, will come in various sizes and designs, usually colour coordinated. Fat quarters are precut amounts, like jelly rolls.
The best way to choose which type of fabric to use is to decide what the finished project will be. babies cot quilt need to be soft and durable fabrics that are washed frequently. If it is a wall hanging then the fabrics could be more specialized. I choose my fabric by starting with a patten I love, then I match off that to create the project I am making.
All fabric should be washed before use in case they shrink and some of the colours can bleed together.
I love buttons. There is something satisfying about riffling through a tin of buttons. It’s like choosing your favourite sweets with less calories.
As you can imagine I have a lot of buttons. some are standard shirt buttons, some are fancy wooden ones with writing or shapes. Extra large or tiny I have them.
The question is, What do i do with them? Well apart for look at them and collect more, there is a range of things to do with a button.
- Functional – holding things together like shirt openings
- card making
- covering up a mistakes when sewing – whoops
The list is endless.
I know crafter’s who put a button on everything they make, and on the other hand there are a group of people who can not touch a button, and therefore wear clothes with zips or no fastenings.
Buttons to are magical.