I can’t believe I did that!

So there I was, working my way through the pattern, having decided to change things a bit, (isn’t that why we sew? To be able to do things our way?) when I realized that I had sewn the bottom closed with a short serpentine stitch. I didn’t want to close the bottom!! Darn!!!


So I pulled out my seam ripper, and slit the seam (since I’d pressed the seam allowances open, it was easy,) and there were all those “schniffles” as my mother used to call them!  So I got out the sealing tape and easily removed most of them. The difficult ones remained, in pure defiance. Ahh, but they wouldn’t get the best of me! I attacked them with my trusty thread tweezers! (77760)  If you haven’t tried them yet, they are a tremendously helpful tool to have in your sewing room. I have them by my sewing machine, and by my Handi Quilter Fusion. And I have an extra in case I lose track of one of them. (Of course that’s never happened! No, of course not. How do you think I got the extra one?)  Anyway, it captured those leftover thread pieces with no effort at all.
If you’re a machine embroiderer, you can combine the Thread Tweezers with the Ultra Pro Seam Ripper  (68024 ) for those times your kitty thinks that moving hoop is an amusement park ride, and screws everything up for you.  Or, if you embroidered something in the wrong place (I’ve done that, too!)  If you haven’t seen it, take a look at the very first video we put on our website, and you’ll see how wonderful this dynamic duo can be! (It’s down at the bottom.)
I’m putting piping on this same project (I’ll show you this tote later), and even though I’m not doing my “Piping Hot Binding” for a quilt, I use the Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool. (23940)  It cuts the seam allowance nice and even, making it so much more even any time you use piping. There are actually two sizes for this tool, depending on how big your binding is and how much of a seam allowance you need.
OK, enough exposing my problems to the world, and back to the sewing machine… remembering not to close the bottom of the lining yet!
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