Make Your Own Pressing Tool

Courtesy of Guild Member, Kathleen

If you would like to follow in the footsteps of our “Pressing Maven”, Sheila MacDonald (and who in their right minds would not want to emulate her?) by focusing the steaming of your seaming, this video should help:


It is a quick video of how to make your very own dauber.
For more information, click on this link to the Threads Magazine page.
Thanks, Kathleen!

That Medical Paper for Pattern Tracing

I’m in the middle of creating a ton of patterns for dress shirts with different yokes for my new wardrobe. I’m doing so using that medical tracing paper Miss Nancy occasionally gets for us in bulk at no cost to her. It’s doing wonders for my work and I just thought I’d take a moment to give her a shout out and send some love for it!

I canNOT imagine where I’d be without it! Nor would I want to!

It’s by far the best thing I spend money on for sewing when it comes down to a per dollar value at $4 a roll that could support a wardrobe. The serger is gonna take a lifetime to at least match that! Or at least half a dozen wardrobe makeovers, the first of which I’m just starting on now.

Thanks, Miss Nancy! Keep on showing us good new stuff. It might be a bit of a lottery which ones will have a huge impact, but if you don’t play, you can’t win, right?

Now, this new wardrobe thing had better work well, or else, the yoke will be on me!

Boooooooooooooooooooooo…. 😦

Can the Tim Horton’s Drink Marker Be Used to Mark Dark Fabric?

I’ve never found a satisfactory tool to mark dark fabric. Not agile enough. Too messy. Not reliable enough. Whatever. I’ve been tempted to take silver or gold sharpie type markers to the fabric, but worried how to get it out.

But then when I was in line to get a hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s today, I connected with the white markings they had on their drinks to identify what each were. You could write with it. You could wipe it off easily enough. It’s probably not toxic if it’s that near digested fluids… though you could never be sure these days. I thought this could be the perfect dark fabric marker I have been seeking my entire (sewing) life!

And so I asked what they used to mark the drink.

Well, I’m not sure whether or not I should be surprised, but none of them knew! They showed me the thing and said it was a fillable filament they stuck in some pen casing. But that was all they knew about it!

I had a meeting on my mind so I walked off disappointed. Maybe I’ll ask again to see if they’d loan me one, sell me one, give me one, or whatever. But I’d still have to test it.

Then I thought of you all and thought maybe I’d ask you first in case any of you knew. Do you?

Any of you have kids or know of people at Tim’s who might know?