The wedding dress is going much better today – I’m feeling more positive about the change of design. Today’s aim is to get the final muslin completed, so I can start on the real thing tomorrow. I might be able to get most of it done this weekend, depending on how long it takes me to appliqué the motif.
This morning I went shopping for a few essentials – interfacing, zip and a new rotary cutter blade. I realised I should also get some sharp new sewing machine needles and pins.
I had planned to buy the trusty Birch wedding and lace pins. But when I was over in the quilting section getting my rotary cutter blade, I saw that they had quilting pins that were even finer than the Birch ones. I weighed up all my options, and eventually picked up the Clover Patchwork Pins (Fine).
It would not be going too far to say that these things have made my weekend. To start off with, one little thing that I always appreciate with pins: a good case. This one has a sturdy little fastening that keeps the pins safe and sound. I can be a bit forgetful and clumsy, so knowing that my pins aren’t going to go everywhere when I inevitably knock them off the table is reassuring.
The pins themselves are a delight to work with. They’re so smooth and sharp, they glide through the fabric as easy as can be. I’m using butchers paper for my patterns (the movers left a pile of it behind when they packed up our kitchen in Adelaide, so I snaffled it for my sewing room) and the pins go through it like it’s nothing.
I also really appreciate the glass heads – it makes it easy to see and pull out the pins when you need to. When you’re working on a big project, little details like that can help to preserve your sanity! Finally, the packaging does note that the pins are heat resistant and can be ironed, but I don’t think I’ll be trying that out any time soon – I always worry about scratching my iron!
So there it is – one of the best finds I’ve come across for my sewing. I’d love to hear your favourite finds too!