DRAFTING + DESIGN
Drafting Japanese Sewing Patterns
Rotary cutting is a true time saver! It makes clean, quick, accurate cuts, but it can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated. With a few instructions and tips, however, you’ll be wielding a rotary cutter with safety and ease, and once you learn how to do it, you'll never look back!
Marking tools are one of the most useful pieces of a sewing kit, and there are so many different kinds! The marks they make can show you where to cut, where to fold or where to stitch. They can make a permanent or temporary line, and they're available in many different colors including yellow, blue, red, white and more. The secret to making your markers work for you is knowing which marker is the right one for your project. There is no such thing as the all-purpose perfect marker so it's important to familiarize yourself with the different uses of each kind.
When I first started sewing I had one pair of scissors that I used for everything, from clipping threads to cutting out patterns, from ripping out seams to trimming my bangs. My poor scissors! It took me a while to realize that there were better and more specific tools for all of these jobs. Some sewing jobs don't require scissors at all, such as seam ripping, and I now do most of my cutting for quilts with a rotary cutter, but this still leaves a lot of scissor work to be done! Here is what I've learned about the wonderful world of scissors.
I worked at Purl, our knitting store, for a few years before Purl Patchwork opened. One of the mantras I was always telling beginning knitters was, "don't worry you can always rip it out." In other words, there was no permanent mistake, everything could be easily unraveled and tried again.
I have to admit that before Purl Patchwork opened I didn't have a clue about thimbles. They seemed quaint and old fashioned but I didn't really understand their use (... and I thought that you wore them on your thumb!) Now that I hand sew and embroider regularly my thimbles have become indispensable. I have different kinds for different uses and I thought I'd share with you what they're all for in case anyone out there is similarly clueless.
Even though it may seem like a minor detail, once you've spent time creating a special project, it's important to sew the buttons on correctly. It's a quick and simple process that will help ensure your buttons stay on for a long time to come.
Basting is sewing something together with large, easily removable stitches. For quilts it temporarily holds the three layers of the quilt sandwich (backing, batting, and quilt top) in place as you quilt. Once you are done quilting the basting stitches will be pulled out.