Monkey has already shown you how to make a finger pincushion in his little movie. He is a hand piecing snob.
With Inklingo, I love hand piecing, machine piecing, and appliqué, so I need finger pincushions even when I’m not hand piecing.
You don’t have to be a hand piecing snob to enjoy a portable project.
Don’t leave home without it.
I always have a sewing kit in the car just in case I am stuck waiting anywhere—in a dentist’s office, at the border, while someone else slowly savors a banana split. (My small cone disappears fast, especially soft ice cream.)
Things to Put Things In
I have some pretty little kits, but I am always on the lookout for “things to put things in” . . .
. . . so when I spotted this case at the mall, I had to have it.
Don’t tell anyone, but the teenager in the kiosk at the mall is there for people who keep their sunglasses in sewing kits.
Isn’t it elegant?
Scissors, finger pincushion with 2 needles, thread, and reading glasses. To maintain that feeling of elegance, you may want to carry a wet-wipe too. (See above re soft chocolate ice cream.)
Keep it simple.
Did you notice that I do NOT carry pins? I just carry two needles to use interchangeably as needles and pins. Carrying pins could be dangerous to other people if I drop or spill them.
New York Beauty diamonds and triangles are perfectly portable.
You may want to thread a ribbon through your bobbin of thread and your scissors to tie them to the kit.
It is also a good idea to stick a return address label to the kit—just in case. (Pun?) (I also have one on my camera case and even on my camera.)
A Beauty Tip
If I have a surface to work on, I will lay the pieces out in order, wrong side up, but if not, I can just sew in my lap.
I can carry shapes printed with Inklingo in the case or in a baggie, and truly stitch continuously.
Of course, hexagons are the most common portable project.
There are several sizes of Inklingo hexagons to print on fabric, and that means you don’t have to carry templates—or baste—or whip-stitch!
Inklingo hexagons go together very fast because you use a running stitch instead of slow whip-stitching.
Carry a whole bag of them with you, so you don’t run out.
Speaking of running. . .
A running stitch sounds like exercise, and it is just as fast as it sounds, but don’t fool yourself. It will not burn off many ice cream calories.
On the other hand, whip-stitching sounds (and is) just awful, and I don’t recommend it. (Why English Paper Piece (EPP)?)
You can print many sheets of Inklingo hexagons very quickly and cut several layers at a time with a rotary cutter before you leave home, or with scissors anywhere. (There are special layouts for scissors-cutting to save fabric too.)
Monkey is a hand piecing snob, so he wants to sew all the seams by hand. I look for opportunities for “continuous stitching” by hand, like hexagons and other shapes with inset seams, but I sew the rest by machine.
Continuous stitching means more than just stitching on-the-go.
You can see continuous stitching in our little movie “How to sew a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” Learn how to move from the end of one seam to the beginning of the next seam without breaking the thread.
Whether you are sewing New York Beauty or Grandmother’s Flower Garden or any other Inklingo shapes, Inklingo has a Design Book for you ($10 or free) with detailed instructions for hand piecing and machine piecing.
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Linda & Monkey
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