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The Fabric Maverick says... Psst! Have I got a notion for you!

June 17, 2008

Notions are the unsung heroes of sewing.  Notions are tools or aids to make sewing easier or more efficient. I am constantly amazed at how many there are. For every type of sewing, some clever person has developed a tool to help you. I tried to find where the word "notion" came into existence but could not. What a strange word to use!


Think about thread for a moment. There are embroidery thread, machine quilting thread, dual purpose thread, invisible thread, upholstery thread and more.


There are books devoted to interfacing. Interfacing can make or break a project. If you are using the right interfacing, no one will notice.  If you are using the wrong interfacing, your project will somehow just not turn out like you thought it would. There is interfacing for clothes and crafts. We have recently added three new interfacings to our store. For the apparel sewer, we have added a hair canvas (NR-497) to use in more tailored outfits. For the craft sewer, we have added a mid weight interfacing (NR-498) and a heavier weight (NR-499) comparable to TimTex, TimTex was used to give a rigid construction to weekender bags and totes. I was surprised when Timtex was no longer available.


I must confess to a secret fetish. I love rulers! Big rulers, little rulers; I have them. I think sometimes about people who design rulers.  Are they closet mathematicians? All I know is that anything that takes the math out of the equation works for me. We have added a new ruler called the Strip Tube Ruler (NR-506). It is used primarily with strips of fabric such as the 2 ½ inch Jelly Rolls. I have become addicted to Jelly Rolls, but that is a subject for another day.


We will some be adding Best Press to our notions section. If you have never used this, you are in for a treat. This is a light starch which brings back the body to quilting fabric after it has been prewashed. It is not for cotton only. The beauty of it is that when you spray it on a dark fabric, it does not flake. It also comes in several scents such as lavender.


As you can see, we are adding notions everyday. If there is something you feel we are missing, please let the Fabric Maverick know.


Well, I have a new ruler to test so have a happy sewing day!


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