Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My Sewing Box

Hello Lovely People,

I am back at work after a very nice and much needed 5 days off - a trip to Newcastle for one of my best friends 30th birthday party (unfortunately I didn't get her cross stitch finished on time, once finished I will share). The party involved quite a lot of alcohol, lots of dancing, some very sore feet and most surprisingly, not a very sore head the next day!
I then went home, spent time with my Mam, my Grandad (quite upset me seeing how old he has got in 5 months), my surrogate Mam (Mums best friend) and saw my friend that has been living in Hong Kong for 2 years so that was lovely! We headed back to London on Monday night as my gorgeous BF had a job interview yesterday (fingers crossed) and I managed to have a play on my sewing machine!!! YAY! My little Brother lives with me now!!




Here he is sat on my new sewing table in my bedroom - was VERY excited!

I also got my sewing box and all my other sewing related stuff so before I have anything actually sewn I thought I would share the contents of this loveliness:




This little Lady was gifted to me by my Mum one christmas and I love her!




The top tray has a lot of crap in it and this really isn't the best picture, so there is a 15cm metal ruler, a seam gauge, a fold up metre ruler, some thread snippers, a seam ripper, a couple of erasers and tape measures and a section full of chalk




This Prym Chalk Wheel is a new addition, I used it yesterday and I have to say it was brilliant, so easy to use, unfortunately they only do the two colours, white and yellow, I would like a blue one but definitely worth it and I think it will last forever!




This tracing wheel and carbon paper gets used all the time, the chalk wheel above actually traces through too so maybe my wheel will become obsolete but I have used it a lot before now.




Sewing feet - clockwise from 12 o'clock: walking foot (just bought and no idea how to set up!) invisible zip foot, overlock foot, seam guide (I don't use this anymore but was very useful when learning to sew), zipper foot, teflon foot (never used), bias binding foot (new addition after watching the Great British Sewing Bee and not used yet) and invisible hemming foot.




Bobbin case and two bias tape makers, I cannot remember the finished widths so will have to test these out again.




A Cath Kidston pin box that was a gift and a magnetic pin dish, this is actually a builders tool not a pretty pin dish but it does the job and it is one of the best things I have, never use my pin cushion anymore!




Cutting tools - fabric scissors (really should invest in some better ones but I think these just work fine!), pinking shears (an Ikea £7 bargain!), paper scissors and a rotary cutter. I also have a cutting mat that isn't as big as I would like.




Another new purchase but I used it 3 times yesterday for tracing patterns so I think it may be useful. French curves seem to be really expensive, This was from here on amazon, and I don't think it is a great one but I do not know! Seems useful




This is my box of crap! Threads and random zips I have picked up along the way, quite handy to just put away now I don't have a dedicated space. I probably should start buying better quality threads...




and just another purchase I just couldn't not buy!! I just need to go fabric shopping again so it can get some use!!

How do you stop yourself with sewing related impulse buys? I cannot stop myself...any tipes greatly welcome!


After playing around with all these toys I went on to make a muslin of the Colette Laurel, well I made 2 muslins as had to do quite a bit of adjustments but more on that next time...

Happy sewing and as always, thanks for reading!

Kristy xxx

2 comments:

  1. Ooh great stuff- I really want to try the Prym chalk wheel or pens (they are on the list!) BTW I think the Teflon foot you pictured is actually a button foot and it's so very useful - I have one exactly like it and it's brilliant for putting on buttons It holds them in place on the garment to use a wide zig zag stitch (and feed dogs down) and makes button sewing super quick and easy! Hope that's helpful!! 💐😃💃👚👗👖

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    1. yes, very helpful Gabby - thank you! I always wondered why you would need it ha, shows how much I have read my instruction manual! ooops! I got my Prym off of ebay and was nice and cheap, was really good to use too
      Good luck in your Monthly Stitch - hoping to join in once I am more comfortable sewing!

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