We all love notions, I often have a good wander around shops just looking at little gadgets and notions to see what is new or interesting. Obviously, for patchwork a ruler, rotary cutter and a cutting mat are all must haves but there are little things that make things easier or more fun and those are the little notions that we all love.
In this post, I thought I would break it down to my favourite EPP notions and must haves.
My absolute number one favourite notion are Clover Wonder Clips.
These are a heavy-duty plastic clip that replaces pins or binder clips with a great holding capacity. There are originally designed for holding binding onto your quilt as you sew it in place. They prevent damaging your fabric not leaving pin holes or indent marks. You just clip, hold and then Clip, sew. So simple and so easy. They have a flat bottom allowing for the easy flow of fabric along the sewing machine. The piece glides easily. They open very wide allowing batting to be easily accommodated. There are markings on the underside ½, 3/16, ¼ & 3/8 so you can precisely measure your seam allowances.
I love them for EPP for holding my shapes together to prevent shifting. They also keep pattern pieces together in groups before I sew them together, so I can keep my block organised.
My second favourite notion are the Sue Daley Milliners Needles
I have tried many other brands but these are my favourites, these milliners/straw needles are beautiful and smooth to use. They are long and fine and you don’t need to grip them too tightly. These needles have a large gold coloured eye which makes threading them even easier. I like the size 11 which is 39mm thick it does bend easy but it does ultimately remind me to change my needle as they blunten off. I will use a 15 needle which is thick but it is longer and that is sometimes more useful and doesn’t bend a quickly.
My third favourite must have item are the Superior Bottom Line Threads
These threads were originally developed as a bobbin thread for a machine as it is an incredible thing and strong. If you are a patchwork purest you won’t like this thread because it isn’t cotton, but give it a try I am sure you will be a convert. This thread allows you to create hand stitching that allows you to create stitches that are almost invisible. I rarely had a thread snap and I pull my knots pretty tight. It is a 60 weight thread, lint free and it feels like silk as it moves through the fabric.
My other simple notion find when I use these bobbins are these little hair ties from the supermarket. I pop one over the bobbin and it won’t unwind. Awesome for on the go.
Glue My favourite notion really for EPP are glue pens. There are many companies such as Sewline. I don’t thread baste and I have only ever glue basted. The time that I save is amazing. I love the size of a glue pen and the ease of using it to glue my shapes to the fabrics. They are very manoeuvrable. I don’t like the sewline pink colour and will but other glue pens based on colour alone. I find the blue glue best though I think it is a preference.
I do sometimes use Elmers glue which is the right sort of glue but a much bulkier stick. If I am doing a large project to the cost of the glue pens can become quite exorbitant.
My final favourite is this LED folding light. TO keep my stitches small and tidy m late night stitches need to have good lighting. This compact light is bright and compact. It is easy to charge and it lasts for 8 hours which works well on dull days and at night. Plus it is super compact.
What are you favourite EPP notions?