November 13, 2020
If everyone is asking you what you want for Christmas, these favorites may make the list!
I only like to recommend items that I have actually used (and actually like). Here are just a few, in no particular order.
Wool Pressing Mat
This is a game changer. Pressing fabrics and embroidery on wool
pressing mats cuts your ironing time in half. It is like pressing from both
sides because the wool holds heat.
Two of my favorites come from Gingher. The double
curved 4-inch scissors are ideal for snipping threads in the hoop and for
trimming threads after embroidery. They cut close and work quite well even when
cutting in the hoop while it is still on the machine.
For applique, nothing beats Knife
Edge Applique Scissors. They trim applique close to the tack-down stitches
Pie Designs has a cute pair with pink handles. Although I have never tried
them, they should work much the same.
Another pair of which I am rather fond is the Razor
Edge from Fiskars. The angle makes it ideal for cutting stabilizer right
off of the roll.
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The next two items also share the same manufacturer, Designs
in Machine Embroidery, otherwise known as DIME. One is the Hoop
Mat. This silicone mat keeps the hoop from sliding around when you are
trying to hoop your embroidery projects. I have also found it a helpful
centering tool while you are hooping.
My second DIME favorite is the Snap
Hoop Monster. It makes so many embroidery projects so much easier to manage,
especially when quilting in the hoop or embroidering on other bulky items, like
towels. It comes in multiple sizes for most brands of machine.