Yesterday, I needed some sewing notions so that I could continue constructing my faux fur vest. But I didn’t go to a fabric store to pick them up. I went to a hardware store. Yes, the domain of contractors and weekend home DIY’ers. Why, I hear you ask? Well, my leather facings were making the lapels on my vest look poofy despite my industrious and long pressing session. And because of the leather facings and heavy metallic zipper on the front of the vest, the back of the vest was feeling a little light in the loafers. I needed something to weigh it down so it would hang evenly all around.
I went to the hardware store to pick up a rubber mallet to pound the leather in to submission and some chain to sew into my hem. I found just the kind of mallet I was looking for right away, but the chain proved elusive. I was standing looking at the chain selection in the store, when a helpful (male) employee asked if I needed help. Sheepishly, I said I was looking to weight a hem for a vest I’m sewing and he didn’t even bat an eye. He said his mom sewed and he had some great suggestions as alternatives to the chains, which, by the way, weren’t suitable as they didn’t have a flat profile and would protrude bumpily. His first suggestion was magnets, but they were too thick. Then he suggested washers and they were just right! Perfect weight, thin in profile, and small enough to fit in to the hem.
I left the hardware store with a spring in my step, knowing I had the right tools (notions) for the job. Where is the most unlikely place you’ve sourced notions or tools for your sewing projects? Have you bought or used a tool meant for other activities/uses for sewing? What’s the strangest thing you’ve used or bought for sewing?