I’ve gotten some small packages in the mail with sewing notions and tools lately, mostly in preparation for my book about coverstitching. So let’s take a look at what I’ve been unboxing:
Belt loop folder for coverstitch machines
In the garment industry, belt loops are sewn using a folding attachment and a coverstitch machine. After seeing this little tool in practice on my visit to a garment factory I decided to buy a generic one and test it on my Janome Coverpro. If it works well on a domestic machine, I will make a tutorial in the book for how to sew belt loops with an attachment too. It is cheap and can be attached with blue-tac, so it is definitely accessible for us in the home sewing community too.
3-fold/single fold binder attachment for coverstitch machines
Again, this is a purchase for my book. I have the original 4-fold binder attachment for the Janome CoverPro. But for my coverstitch book, I also want to feature generic binders + have a tutorial for how to do single fold binding using an attachment. In my book Sewing Activewear, I have tutorials on how to do single fold binding without an attachment, but a single fold attachment is a new territory for me. Again, these generic binders are way cheaper than the coverstitch brand ones, so worth investigating.
Lots of woolly nylon
I use this flossy thread a lot, both in the coverstitch and serger loopers. It has great coverage, fantastic stretch and is soft to the skin. But I’ve found that the properties vary a lot from brand to brand, so I’ve scooped up several brands to test them out and see how they differentiate. I will report back in the form of a blog post later on!
As always, new tools means a learning curve, and I’ve learned to be more patient and set aside the proper time to actually learn to use them, instead of giving up half way through!