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Friday, 6 January 2017
Quick and easy pattern weights.
Topic: Sewing FAQ's
Normally this would be Fun With Fabric Friday. But I don't have any new fabrics to show off. I do however have a link for a little sewing notion projects that I think EVERYONE who sews needs: farbric covered pattern weights.It's the answer to the common "what do I use when I can't use pins?" question.

If you go to enough sewing websites and read enough books you'll hear about pattern weights for fabrics than can be damaged by pin holes. Often they show larger heavy washers from the hardware stores. And as everyone who has tried this will tell you: The metal can and will flake off and stain your fabric.  If it's the underside of a heavy fake leather this isn't an issue -if your unpinnable fabric is a super fine cotton voile in white -the grey rings are a BIG problem. Good idea, doesn't work in reality.

Which is why this handy little tutorial is so great:  this tells you how to cover large heavy washers with fabric yoyo's.  Even though it shows sixteen steps all are quite easy and quickly accomplished. You can make them as large or as small as you wish. If you want to combine washers in a stack to make them heavier you can do that too. Use a bit of gorilla or super glue and those suckers will be stuck together forever.

My local hardware store also sell small metal nuts, bolts and washer in bulk and these can be sued as weights in little bean bag pattern weights. I hate wasting food -such as the recommended rice and beans -in them, and many places no longer sell small lead shot by the pound. Something about weaponizing them -so small nuts, bolts etc. makes a good substitute.

You can also buy pattern weights but they are quite expensive and many are simply larger heavy machinery washers dipped in a plastic coating. Again, you can get larger washers at the hardware store and many of these stores also sell plastic dip coating in the paint section. Save some money and do it yourself. All plastic coatings come with instructions for use so read the label and follow the instructions.

And there you have it! Pattern weights that look good, don't waste rice or beans and  are simple to make.

Posted by lincatz at 9:44 AM EST
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