From Ricochet's Tool Box
I'm not quite sure sometimes if I'm more clever or cheap or lazy. Most likely it's a combination of these qualities that make me the crafter that I am. Allow me to elaborate, please. There is always a home improvement project going on at my house. Hence, we always have an abundance of blue painter's tape lying around. As you probably already know, the main use of painter's tape is to tape off areas that you don't want to get paint on. Also, the main quality of the blue tape is that it is low…
How to Clean a Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
A blog about knitting and creating with some discussion on Excel formulas and my online shops like Etsy, Luullu, and Craftstar.
my FAVORITE sewing supplies - see kate sew
CUT My Favorite Seam Ripper – I love this seam ripper, I spend a lot of time with it, hahah. This is different than most because it’s nice and big. The handle makes maneuvering through stitches easier. And the rubber cap acts as a sort of “eraser” to wipe threads away. Ghinger Clippers – I […]
Grading Rulers and French Curves - The Cutting Class
Grading ruler and set of french curves. No self respecting pattern maker likes to be without an accurate ruler. The best rulers for pattern making are made of strong clear plastic and have a grid across the whole ruler making it easy to accurately mark seam allowance. Clear grid rulers, such as the one pictured, […]
How I found more time in the sewing room - So Sew Easy
If your sewing time is limited, then watch how you can save time in the sewing room with an applique pressing sheet. Essential for bag-makers. Time saver!
How to add shape using a french curve ruler
Ever seen one of these deally-bobs before? My mom bought me mine...and it sat collecting dust for ages. I didn't see the point of curved ruler, and I didn't have a clue how to use it. As expert sewers go, I'm sure I still don't have a clue how to use it! Ha! So, I'm going to show you how I use it, whether it's how the books say to or not. This ruler has become indispensable to me, because I don't use patterns to sew. This ruler makes sure that everything I sew has the correct amount of…
"Just this week I completed my pressing ham collection. Yes. Completed. I’ve had a seam roll and 6×9 Dritz pressing ham for about four years now. But, I never really knew there were more hams until a post by Els at the Sewing Divas. A few months later I picked up the Dritz Guide to Modern Sewing and read about the difference between a dressmaker’s ham and a tailor’s ham..."
Bobbin Tension Meter
Thread weights can vary greatly these days and the bobbin tension will need adjusted accordingly, so even if your sweet mama always said to never, ever, ever touch your bobbin tension, this easy-to-use Bobbin Tension Meter will allow you to do so with confidence. Can you guess how many grams the tension requires? If you guessed 23 grams, you would be correct! By pulling on the thread using the Bobbin Tension Meter you can measure and gauge the tension, making adjustments as needed. It's…
Tool tips - budget or quality? Sewing pins - So Sew Easy
Just how many different types of sewing pins are there and how many of them do you really need in your sewing room. From budget pins to nicer sewing pins.