Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A new sewing tool

One day last week I had my new camera out and was trying to get some practice shots. As I was looking out the window for something to photograph, this sight suddenly appeared. It's always a bit exciting to know a package has arrived!

Here's what he brought me... a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law (well, a gift I ordered for myself with $$ gifted by my MIL):

As it says on the package, it's an applique scissors. Ever seen one? I'd only recently heard of them, but I thought they sounded like they might be very useful. Here's what it looks like from the side:

And above:

Now if I were really on the ball, I'd show it to you on a project I'm working on. Alas, I'm not working on any sewing projects right now (in fact, I don't have our spare bedroom converted back to my sewing room yet since Jess 'n Alex used it over Christmas... it's a major undertaking, I tell ya!). So just imagine that big "lip" under the edge of your applique and the top blade trimming away excess fabric. The "lip" protects your fabric underneath from accidentally getting cut into. Super, huh? It should also be invaluable for grading seams, particularly thick seams as those produced in bag-making.

I think I'm going to love this scissors a lot. Now just to get started on something to try it out on!

Update 1-16-14: I've had a chance to try it out trimming some bulky seam allowances. It worked beautifully! I'm very glad I bought it!


annie dee said...

Ooh. I've only ever seen someone use these scissors on a tv sewing show (like Nancy Zieman or Martha Pullen). Tell me how you like them. I've had one very good experience doing machine applique: to hide an ink stain on a favorite blouse.

Grandma G said...

Ahh... appliques do more than just look nice, huh? :) Good way to save that blouse!

I'll try to remember to let you know.