If you’re busy—really busy—it must be getting close to the holidays! If you haven’t gotten at least a start on your holiday shopping, here’s some help.
These timesaving workroom items would make wonderful gifts for your
friends or relatives that love to sew! Better yet, these gifts,
ranging from as little as $2 to $40, are affordable for any budget.
(And don’t forget yourself! Add these items to your own holiday
gift list!) Decorators: These gift ideas would be a great way of
showing your appreciation to your favorite workroom or sewer, too!
TOP TEN GIFT IDEAS
1. Quickline ruler—This sturdy 24- by three-inch see-through
ruler is ideal for pattern drafting and rotary cutting. Laser-cut
for accuracy, this ruler features center marking lines, 45-degree
bias lines and a ruled edge. Used in conjunction with pattern drafting
paper, this handy rule will make creating patterns quick and easy.
The Quickline is one of the most versatile rules available for custom
pattern drafting and altering commercial
2. C-thru Ruler—With this handy ruler, marked in tenths,
you no longer have to change your calculations from tenths to eighths.
It can speed up your production by allowing you to go straight from
your calculator’s results (decimal measurements calculated
in tenths) to marking and drawing. It is a must for marking pleats,
scaling drawings out of a magazine or book and for creating perfect
scallops using the scallop formula.
3. Glass head pins—Usually with more than 110 per box
in 48- by 80-mm size. The ones offered through the Custom Home Furnishings
Trade School are imported from Germany. These pins are very sturdy
and do not bend easily. The glass heads will not fall off and will
not melt form the heat of an iron. Once you have tried these, you
will never want to use another type of pin again!
4. Compass points and lead—This handy little tool is
a must for all workrooms! Never again will you struggle with drafting
scallops or circles of virtually any size. Simply attach the compass
points to a ruler, yardstick or straightedge and rotate. The package
also includes five extra pieces of replacement lead.
5. Vary Form Curve—This curve tool is precision-manufactured
of rugged, yet lightweight aluminum that resists breaking. It is
an essential tool for pattern making. The Vary Form curve draws
a wide range of curved shapes simply by turning. This one curve
alone replaces a full set of French curves.
6. Window Treatment Clip Art CD—The author of the book
“The Encyclopedia of Fabrication,” Ethel Mahon, has put
together a fun-filled collection of more than 350 of her delightful
window treatment illustrations. Easily accessible on CD, the illustrations
can be placed in any of your own business publications to add pizzazz,
interest or whimsy. (Please note: The illustrations are not to be
used in any publication intended for resale.)
7. Regulator—This upholsterer’s tool is a handy
little gadget with endless uses. It is not like ordinary regulators.
It features a flat end and a pointed end designed for tucking and
adjusting fabric while upholstering any project including cornices,
headboards and furniture. It also is the perfect tool for pushing
fabric into grooves, such as when laminating crown molding.
8. Staple lifter—This heavy-duty staple lifter has the
correct angle for removing staples of any size, from the smallest
leg to the longest leg staples. It is manufactured from top-grade
steel and has an easy-to-grip plastic handle. This tool is a must
for every workroom.
9. Mite-R-Gage—This tool takes the guesswork out of
measuring and laying out angles. Mite-R-Gage can measure or layout
all types of angles, check corners for squareness and check alignment
of radial arm or table saws. It is accurate to one-half degree and
locks in any position. This handy tool is made of Lexan® resin
and is guaranteed not to break, crack or warp under normal usage.
It comes with complete, easy-to-follow instructions for simple miters,
compound miters, measuring inside angles, measuring outside angles
and checking corners for squareness.
10. Nylon twist thread—In white and in colors. We call
this the miracle thread. It is a favorite thread for industrial
sergers and hemmers. Although it is strong enough for virtually
any weight fabrics, it also is ideal for sewing sheers. Because
it is man-made, this thread can exceed the strength of thread made
from natural fibers with much less bulk. It, therefore, is much
harder to see when used on window treatments. Because this thread
has a smaller diameter than other threads, it also is easier to
thread through the machine, a definite plus when working with sergers.
Because the thread is so fine looking, white, natural and black
colors handle almost every job. This thread also has much less fuzz
than cotton thread, therefore creating less buildup inside the machine.
And here’s the best feature: it’s even cheaper than other
threads. Previously available only in cases of 72, it now is available
in eight-ounce spools so you can purchase as little as one spool
at a time.
Strickland is owner of the Custom Home Furnishings Trade School, Swannanoa,
NC, and is an internationally acclaimed speaker with 20 years experience
in the window coverings industry. She is the publisher and editor
of SewWHAT?, an international monthly newsletter for professional