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Can’t live without it

2013 September 14
by elizabeth_admin

Over the past week, I have been procuring all the supplies I need for my draping class.  I bought and padded out my new dress form.  I ordered my textbook, Draping for Fashion Design, by Hilde Jaffe and Nurie Relis, which arrived yesterday (wahoo!).  I needed a couple of miscellaneous things to round it all out.  I thought it might be handy to buy one of these:

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When I looked at them at the store, I didn’t like them.  They were cheap and ugly as well as looking like they might break the second you tried to use them.

So I just bought another tomato pincushion, cut off the strawberry because I thought it would be annoying to have it flopping around on my wrist, and attached my own elastic to it.  And presto!  My very own wrist pincushion.  It’s not fancy, but it works!

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I used it yesterday for the first time yesterday as I sewed my second Style Arc Franki top.

People, I don’t know how I have sewed for over 6 years without this little notion.  Seriously.  I love it.  It’s sheer genius.  I don’t have to worry about where my pincushion is because it is always on my person.  Real handy.  I have pins whenever I need them and a place to put them too.   I freaking love this pincushion.  I don’t think I can live without it.

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I stabilized it by hand sewing the elastic to the pincushion in three places.  It doesn’t flop around at all and it’s very comfortable to wear.  In fact, I forget I have it on.  Well, that is, until I need a pin!

Here’s a sneak peek at my new Franki top.  I can’t decide what to wear for my class on Monday.  My new Franki top or the striped maxi dress I made a couple of weeks ago.  Hmmm…  Decisions!  I will show you my new Franki top tomorrow.

Happy sewing and bis Später!

7 Responses leave one →
  1. September 14, 2013

    What an ingenious innovation!

  2. vicki permalink
    September 14, 2013

    Clever! I have never used one. Must try it.

  3. September 14, 2013

    Smart idea, I am going to try it.

  4. September 14, 2013

    Ha ha ha, that is cute!
    Hey I’ll be back in San Diego, are you up for the National City Swap Meet on Nov 23??

  5. Patricia Gardner permalink
    September 14, 2013

    You must be a person who never misplaces things while you are sewing. I have 3 different wrist pincushions and sometimes wear 2 at a time. I can lose a pair of scissors while sitting at the sewing machine. If I didn’t have these things, I’d never get any sewing done as I’d be spending all my time looking for pins. I love mine, too.

  6. Elaray permalink
    September 15, 2013

    Have you seen the Bohin pincushion? It’s huge – holds lots and lots of pins – but is extremely comfortable. Not that yours is uncomfortable 🙂 . It’s a little pricey, but I’m so glad I bought it.

    http://www.anitalittlestitches.com/bohinthimbles.html

  7. September 17, 2013

    I’ve seen that trick before 😉 a lady at work used one like it.

    I’ve got a wrist pincushion myself and I can’t deal with it. My worst issue is pin points getting through it…

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