The Secret Life of Buttons

Just a little interim amusement for you, dear readers, while we’re writing new blog posts. We’ve got news from the ASG Regional Advisory Board summit, a call to sew to make the first day of school special for Joplin’s children and some fun summer sewing ideas.

Enjoy! Thanks to Lisa Lam via @uhandbag

New Gadget: The June Tailor Pintastic!

June Tailor Pintastic

(Image source: June Tailor)

Our chapter President, Connie, asked me once, “How many pincushions does one need?” At the time, I laughed because I didn’t have an answer. But, it seems that June Tailor does know the answer: Zero!

Throw out your tomatoes. Chuck your hand-crafted cushion. Scrap your scrapbuster because June Tailor introduces the Pintastic Automatic Pin Dipsenser.

Introducing Pintastic, The Automatic Pin Dispenser!

Ok, I admit, I’m being a bit facetious here, partly because I’m just not a gadget person. So, I watched the video to see what the Pintastic was all about.

I did see the Pintastic at Hancock Fabrics this weekend. For me, it has a large footprint — it would take much more room than a pincushion or even two pincushions. The “cement mixer” internal part is a bit loud, so if you’re trying to do some sewing tasks done in the middle of the night while DH and the kidlets are asleep, this might not be the best solution. The Pintastic is priced anywhere from $40 to $59.99.

On the plus side, if reaching for pins is a problem you face, this might be a solution for you, since it “hands” you a pin one-at-a-time, with the head up.

Here’s one person who seems to enjoy her new Pintastic.

If you buy one, leave a comment to let us know how you like it. Maybe I’ve just missed something that I can’t appreciate as much as another sewist.

Video Tweet Day List

Watching movies clipart from MicrosoftDid you follow the tweets of videos yesterday? Did you follow #vidtweetday or did you follow on the blog? I really hope you liked them; I had a fun time finding various topics and not-the-norm videos.

In case you missed any, here’s a list of all the videos:

  1. Threadbanger’s How to Wet Felt a Beret
  2. The art of tambour beading as done in French Haute Couture Embroidery at Lesage in Paris
  3. The Making of a Chanel Haute Couture Outfit from New York Magazine
  4. VogueFabrics’ Mac Berg shows how to use the stilleto when sewing and pressing
  5. Embellishment With Bias Strips from Sandra Betzina
  6. Haute couture French crochet beading from Corinne Meunier and photos
  7. Bespoke tailoring in U.K.; mobile tailors set up in pubs and the suits are made in Hong Kong
  8. Traditional shibori tying & dyeing
  9. Shingo Sato, extreme pattern making: Transformational Arm-Hole
  10. Francesco the tailor, Italy (I wish there was more to the video)
  11. Julian Roberts Subtraction Cutting by an Indiana University student under Julian’s direction
  12. Japanese kimono maker. I love his foot action and mesmerized by his adept needle-handling.
  13. A two-fer deal: Spoonflower’s tutorial of how to design without Photoshop and creating wall art with custom-printed fabric

I hope you enjoy these videos! I’ll try to do another Video Tweet Day every few months.

Shopping Trip: Fabricville

FabricvilleWhat do you think about when preparing to visit a new city? Many of us leave home with a list of fabric store addresses that we found on the web. On a trip to Montreal I visited Fabricville. Located downtown in the shopping area, I was pleasantly surprised to find a large, well-stocked, and very busy, store.

Graphic prints lined the shelves at Fabricville and ready-to-wear store windows were showing printed tops trimmed with lots gold or silver cords and braids. The European fashion influence was very apparent. Naturally there were lots of knitted woolen garments.

Can you guess what almost everyone wears? Boots. Everyone, young and old, wears boots to keep warm. I wore my boots everywhere.

Use the internet the next time you are planning a trip. And send us your shopping experiences.

How To Thread

Superior Threads Sampler Pack

Sampler Pack from Superior Threads

On February 8, Bob Purcell, President of Superior Threads “and Self-Certified Threadologist,” taught Thread to a capacity audience assembled at the newly expanded and extremely sewer-friendly Fabrics Etc. 2 in Bensenville.

Read some of the tips that Liz C. learned at this seminar on the Sew Chicago blog.

Bob’s alter ego wife, Mother Superior, also writes a blog about all things thread. It’s great inspiration if you’ve ever wondered about using metallics or Texture Magic threads.

On my list of “how cool would that be to do?!” is to take Threadology‘s classes. Who can resist “Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob” and an “Open Thread Bar.”

If you missed the discussion at Fabrics Etc 2, here are a couple of videos from Superior Threads. Not quite the same as being there, though.

Cotton vs. Polyester Thread

Metallic Thread

Now you’ll be looking at that holiday gift exchange with a new eye when you open it and find metallic thread. 😉


When Your Stick Doesn’t Stick

Dried Fabric Glue StickThis is what a fabric glue stick looks like when it’s dried up.

Pretty much useless.

Wanna ask me how I know?

At 2:00AM.

To put in a zipper for my Curvy Girl prom dress.


Steam-A-Seam also dries up. Ask me again how I know.

Oh well, back to basics.

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