Monday, July 9, 2012

not what it seams (i couldn't resist)


i've got some offbeat sewing tools in my arsenal (yes, that is a frog tape dispenser with a gun roll.  i also have a blue plastic gun for said roll.  don't you?) so i thought i might make a wee thing of sharing a weekly favorite with you.  see that can of duck cassoulet up above?  it was DELICIOUS, and most certainly aided in my recent love for adding ease.  and now, it also holds all three hundred of my zig double tipped fabric markers.  these were enabled by mommaballoona's stash of 50% off coupons, like ten years ago.  they're still rocking.  i'm a big fan off capping things tightly.   

(no, i do not have three hundred, but it feels like it.  the most i can find them in now is a pack of 25, for like 50 bucks.  you can see where a coupon comes in handy.)


they've got a mean little pointy tip and a thick doofus tip, depending on your mood.  i almost always open up the wrong end first and scowl at the thumb sized end.  mostly, i do pointy rage work with these.  see:  stitching gone awry!  see: oona gnash her teeth in the direction of seam ripper and go for the cheater's route instead!


EH!   EET IZ VANISHED!  with all the colors of the world at hand, it's soooo easy to mask a little drunken stitching. and these won't wash out, being fabric markers.  i highly suggest searching your local crafty superchain the next time you've got a fancy coupon.

have i sufficiently ruined your image of me?  what do you do to avoid the seam ripper?

23 comments:

  1. wow- interesting trick!!!!! Definitely going to put it to work 9 for drunken stitching LOL) BTW just nominated you for Liebster blog award- I know, I know you probably get nominated every day of the week, but I do LOVE reading your blog- so There we go! Raising a glass of Rioja for you!

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    1. thank you girl! i'm raising a manhattan right back atcha :)

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  2. whoah. color me impressed at your ingenuity... those errant stitches drive me bonkers! :)

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  3. Um, I constantly get paint on my clothes at work. When it doesn't wash out I color over the spot with a colored sharpie (assuming it's small and my sharpie will blend in). I'm all about some hillbilly fixes.

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  4. Recently had a major splooge out of the side of a stencilling project that I just colored in with black sharpie. Clearly the way to go.

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  5. Bahahahahahahaha! I cut a hole in a dress bodice recently, ironed interfacing over it from the wrong side, and colored in the white spot with a kid's Crayola marker... yeah, fancy fix. I should probably invest in a couple of real deal markers!

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  6. Brilliant! I am all for cheating with markers and avoiding the seam ripper as much as possible! My fav fix from fabric markers would be bleach spots, whenever I decide to clean with bleach I get tiny white spots on my clothes!

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  7. Whoa! Genius. I've totally gone the Sharpie route with bleach spots, but I've never thought of coloring a stitch gone awry. It's brilliant.

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  8. You are so funny, Lady. Also smart. If I had fabric markers, all I'd do is, like, draw stuff. Clever you!

    My favourite sewing gizmo by far is a little 15 cm ruler from an old geometry kit. One side is gridded in .5 cm increments, and I use it ALL THE TIME whenever I'm adding seam-allowances or altering or marking seamlines or even just tracing patterns. I have looked in vain for a gridded metric ruler, but apparently all the quilters around here are stodgy and imperial. I know there's some options online, but I haven't gotten around to it yet...

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    1. ah, i love my rulers. i've got the invisible kind in two stodgy imperial sizes.

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  9. Genius. I have been known to use the black permanent market for all sorts of things... this takes it to a whole new level. I salute you!

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  10. Brilliant! I've used fabric markers to make designs, but never to mask mistakes. I'll have to remember that one! Me, I tend to use the seam ripper because if I don't then I'll never finish the make in the first place.

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  11. I mostly use the "look the other way" routine so far. But I don't avoid the seam ripper so much. I like ripping seams. It's the re-sewing part that I don't like.

    I like your stickers. Where do you put those stickers? That's my problem with stickers. Where to use them.

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    1. right? i love them too. it's kollabora's slogan! i just keep them where i can see them.

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  12. I've NEVER heard of fabric markers, and as I adore stationary (Have you ever been to Japan? HEAVEN for marker/pen lovers) I think I need them! YAY. As for drunky/wonky seams, I usually just wear and hope I don't run into a real seamstress in my travels...

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  13. Ok. I'm convinced. You really are brilliant.

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  14. Fabricadabra! That's what I would say when using these pens, if I had any (which means I need to get some). I like this new sharing your favorite things. And nice upcycle of the cassoulet can. Classy and yummy:)

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  15. I've only ever used black sharpies, but this is just brilliant...hmmm, too bad my only other fabric markers are red and turquoise. Not very practical colors. Maybe it just means I need to start sewing those colors more!

    That frog tape dispenser is hilarious!

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  16. I am totally creeping your blog and I just read this post (which made me laugh) and it reminded me that one time last winter I noticed a run in my black tights and I drew on my leg with black Sharpie so you wouldn't be able to see the hole in my tights. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does this sort of thing.

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