OK, maybe not ‘needs,’ but more like ‘wants.’ Tools of the Trade and things that help keep us organized.
Used by tailors many years ago to set in a sharp crease in a hem or pant’s leg. This item has a similar use for quilters. Used while ironing seams, preferably using steam, the Clapper is pressed and held in position to help flatten the seam without scorching the fabric. This is especially helpful when pressing points which have multiple layers of fabric.
The Ruler Rack is useful to keep your Acrylic Rotary Cutting Rulers organized and handy. Your rulers won’t be lost under the fabric on your cutting table or broken. This one is especially handy with a pencil groove to keep your fabric marking pens plus a magnet in the corner to keep pins at hand.
Magnets are a very useful quilting tool. Here are three examples.
- A small, but powerful, magnet on the corner of the Ruler Rack.
- A pin bowl with a magnet in the bottom to keep your pins from scattering.
- An extension Magnetic Pick up Wand, when you want to sweep the floor for those dropped pins.
Stilettos & Seam Rippers:
Unfortunately, the more you stitch the more you eventually end up ‘un-stitching.’ A nice, sharp seam ripper is a quilter’s friend!
Safety is always a concern, whether it is avoiding cutting yourself with your rotary cutter or not stitching your finger when sewing. Even the best, most experienced stitcher or quilter can have accidents, and these stilettos are just the thing to safely ease some difficult fabric under the needle on the sewing machine without accidently stabbing yourself.
My Cutting Table is happy with all the new, custom-made, wood quilting tools.
Thank you to my very talented Brother-in-law for the lovely handmade quilting tools.