Sewing accessories you might (or might not) need
Are you the kind of sewer who only needs a machine, some shears and tailor’s chalk to be good to go or do you, like me, tend to collect gadgets that (you think) will make your sewing easier, faster, better? I thought I’d briefly mention two of them that got really handy while making the raspberry pants.
First up is the Hump jumper®, allegedly used by Calvin Klein to sew jeans. Like its name says, it helps to jump over a bump. Or to start a seam when you sewing with thick fabrics or through several layers. The Hump humper® comes in two thicknesses, which I think is handy. Do I like my hump jumper? Yes. Do you need one? No. I used to use scraps of the fabric I’m sewing with to make my own hump jumper, it works just as well. So I give it a thumb up but it’s not a must. I got mine on ebay. Here they are, maybe you can see the thickness difference:
The second gadget is to put on snap fastener, bachelor buttons and the like. I used to hate to do that. Ask my “roommate” where the hammer is, then make sure it’s not too late to hammer (not really practical for the mostly evening and night sewer that I am), than most of the time DD would come and when to play with the hammer too. Then I after all the noise and trouble, I would notice that the male and female parts of the snaps did not superimpose exactly and would have to take them out and go through the hassle again. That was just too much stress for a couple of snap fasteners. So I got myself some Prym pliers in my regular fabric store (they’re also available from Amazon):
They are super easy to use. The male and female parts of my snaps always superimpose perfectly now. I can put in snaps in the middle of the night when DD is sleeping and it takes less force than the hammer. Do I like it? You bet. Could I live without it? I wouldn’t want to. Two thumbs up.
Would you get one of these items for yourself? Which accessories make your sewing easier?