Tips and Tricks
November’s program was “Tips and Tricks from the Board.” JenniferN took careful notes…
1. Our President LindaF gave us two tips:
A. How to thread metallic floss, Linda had handouts , however here is a video, the second tip on the video is how Linda showed us.. or this link is on paper really good
B. Linda’s second tip is starting by a vertical thread. You will have to scroll down on this link, but it shows you the vertical thread.
2. Our Treasurer CarolP gave us two techniques.
A. The first is when finishing a bag. She takes the super magnates and hides them in the lining of the flap and body of bag. But first she puts them in a lining that she stitching onto the inside of the lining of the bag. She cautioned not to glue them, as they will slip and you would have to take your lining apart to get them out.
B. Then she demonstrated Ruched Ribbon . I have attached a tutorial but it isn’t as good as Carol showing us. Here is a second tutorial:
3. Our Programs and new President ClaireN spoke about a mounting tape that she uses for finishing. She cautioned that you can’t move your project after attaching to this tape. She buys the tape at Michaels. It comes in ¼”, ⅜”, and 1 1/16″ widths. It is in the scrapbooking area . Here is the website: http://www.michaels.com/Terrifically-Tacky-Tape/gc0393,default,pd.html
4. Our Region Rep GeniD gave us two tips also.
A. Cording, her favorite tool and also about using a fishing weight for the center when cording. Here are instructions on how to use the cording machine: Here is one location to buy it from There are many others.
B. Her next tip was about counting in and down to start a project from a corner. Did you know that a dollar bill is just about 6″ long? (6.14″ by 2.61″ to be precise.) So if you plan on leaving 3″ for fabric around your project, you can fold a dollar bill in half and use it to measure your 3″ down and in.
5. Our fundraiser MargeH told us about how to use all those rubber jar openers. Take a quarter and outline it on the opener, cut out with some old scissors. Now you have a needle puller for when your needle is hard to pull out.
6. Our Secretary (that’s me) JenniferN gave a couple of ideas.
A. I use a Loran Chart Stand to keep my charts are eye level, so I’m not looking down, which hurts my neck. Here is a website so you can see it, but it can be bought many places.
B. My favorite Hardanger scissors are the serrated edge ones from Gingher. They are being discontinued, but Karen has a few left at A Stitcher’s Dream.
7. Our webmaster, LynnA showed us several of her favorites. I ‘m sure this is just a small sampling.
A. You know those band they put on your arm to take blood, she uses them as needle pullers.
B. You know the picks the dentist uses on you, she asks for the one they use on her. Uses them to pick out threads.
C. Lynn has a ruler with an O in the middle and it counts in both directions…great way to see how many inches you are from center for framing or whatever. You can find them here and elsewhere.
D. She has rubber rods, but pencils would also work. You wrap the ends of your thread around them , then stretch them apart. It takes the wrinkles out of the thread . You can find them here
E. (This is the one I really loved.) Take some of the magnet strips that you can cut and a piece of ribbon. Put a small length of the magnet on each end of the ribbon. Now you have a chart minder. You move it as you stitch.
I hope you have enjoyed this write up. Please see person who demonstrated for clarification.