Tool School: Week Five-Wonder Clips

What is it?-

Wonder Clips are perhaps the most versatile and useful sewing tool ever devised. For years sewers have used binder clips, hair pins or even clothes pins for any number of sewing applications where an alternative to pins is desired. The Wonder Clip, designed and manufactured by Clover, is the first clip developed specifically for the needs of today’s sewers, quilters, crafters and beaders. The Wonder Clip is available in two sizes. The Original Wonder Clip is 3/8″ wide and 1″ long. The base is flat to allow it to lay smoothly on any level surface like tables or sewing machine needle plates. The base is also marked in 1/8″ increments to ensure accurate and uniform application. Clip is 2 1/4″ long with 1/4″ increments marked on the base. They are sturdy, don’t leave marks and are easy to see through to enable accurate positioning on your projects. Original Wonder Clips are available in packs of 10, 50 or 100. Jumbo Wonder Clips are available in packs of 12 or 24. We also have new additions to our Wonder Clips, such as our Neon Green Wonder Clips 50 and 10, we also have our Jumbo Wonder Clips in Neon Green as well, they come in a pack of 24. Our Assorted 50 and 10 pack Wonder Clips that included colors: Pink, Blue, Purple, Yellow, and Orange. Where do you put all these Wonder Clips? On our NEW

Wonder Clips Wrist Cushion (Art No. 3184)

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What does it do? – We are still counting! We’ll let you know when people stop finding new uses.

•Sewing – Wonder Clips are a natural for holding together layered sections of fabric during the sewing process. Quilt bindings, hems, piping, seams, etc., all can be held securely in place while sewing. Unlike pins, Wonder Clips do not leave holes in leather, delicate or vinyl/laminate type fabrics. You can easily position appliqué or hold patterns in place while marking or cutting and avoid puckering issues caused by using pins on some fabrics.

•Knitting and Crochet – Wonder Clips are a real boon to knitters who are always joining their work at seams . . . side seams, sleeve insertion, sleeve seams etc. For those who crochet life just got a whole lot easier too. Clip all of your intermediate sections together in organized groups until you are ready to join them and then use the Wonder Clips to hold sections together while you attach. If you are beading with your crochet the Wonder Clip can be used to position the beads away from your work until they are needed.

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•Crafts and Beading – Wonder Clips are like having a “third hand”. They are strong enough to hold virtually any sewing, art, or general craft materials in position while you glue, sew, paint, tie, staple, embellish, dry, or carve . . . whatever is required to create your masterpiece.
How do I promote it? – This is a product people get excited about when they see it. Just put a few out to demonstrate some uses in your store. If you sell sewing machines use them during the demo. Customers will always ask, “What is that?” Same for knitting stores. Let your customers see them in action and they are sold. Using them in classes is always a great move too.

Fall Quilt Market Classes- Sign Up Now!

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Fall Quilt Market Classes – Sign Up Now!

We hope to see you in Houston this October at Quilt Market, please visit us at booth #2252 to see what’s new with Clover!

There are many exciting classes available to you from Clover, pre-enroll for all classes from now until October 10th. Classes fill up quickly so be sure to secure your spot now!

Information on enrollment:

  • http://www.quilts.com
  • Phone: 1-512-407-9185.
  • Email: enrollment@systemas.com
  • Fax: 1-512-377-4001
  • Mail: Quilt Market, PO Box 50580, Austin, TX 78763

 

Sign up for our classes at Fall Quilt Market:

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014      8am – 9:30am

Grow a Kanzashi & Yo-Yo Garden and Reap the Profits

 

  • Instructor: Carol Porter
  • Make your own Kanzashi/Yo- Yo flower pin and learn the many ways to encourage add-on sales. It’s a scrap saver’s delight!

Success and Sanity at the Pressing Station

 

  • Instructor: Joan Hawley
  • Explore simple tricks and techniques for a perfect and professional finish every time. See the latest tools for pressing and take the mystery out of working with fusible, vinyls, PUL, and laminates. (Bring a pillow case)

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014          8am-9:30am

Wool on Wool Centerpiece Mat using Felting Tools

  • Instructor: Carol Porter
  • Discover this wonderful method of appliqué using needle felting tools- fun and amazing. Make a store sample.

The Art of Tatting

 

  • Instructor: Fran Ortmeyer
  • Take the time to learn the art of tatting- basic stitches, how to read patterns- and receive instructions on how to use beads in your design.

Monday, Oct. 27th, 2014        8am -9:30am

Fusible Corded Coasters

 

  • Instructor: Carol Porter
  • Use fusible cording to create “spots of color” in home décor making coasters or a mat for drinks or potted plants – a great class to take back to your shop.

Weaving Sticks Accessories Case

 

  • Instructor: Alicia Carr
  • Weave fabrics with weaving sticks to make a case for cell phone, sunglasses, eyeglasses, credit cards, cosmetics, or any small items. Turn ugly fabric into something wonderful!

 

Clover Amour Steel Crochet Hook Set Giveaway!

Clover Amour Steel Crochet Hook Set Giveaway!

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Check out the Moogly Blog for a chance to win  Clover Amour Steel Crochet Hook Set Giveaway!

Clover’s Amour Steel Crochet Hooks offer unique smooth elongated handles, this shape provides for maximum dexterity and ensures beautiful, even stitches. The hooks are conveniently color coded according to their sizes.

See what our friends at Moogly have to say about them and enter for a chance to win a set for yourself!

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Good luck Clover fans!

 

Why Takumi?

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Let’s say someone offered you the chance to produce the ultimate knitting needle, something that was perfect just for you.  What would you do?  I can tell you what Clover did.  Takumi has always been recognized as a purveyor of premium bamboo knitting needles.  We started with that and then took steps to determine where the knitting world was headed and what special needs might exist there.  We found amazing advances in the potential for creativity with the introduction of new knitting mediums, new techniques, new applications and a whole new host of enthusiastic knitters.  Then we endeavored to determine what changes in knitting needle design would compliment these emerging trends.  We went to designers, educators, store owners, and knitters everywhere.  The results of our research were illuminating but posed one problem.  We couldn’t get there from here.  The ideal knitting needle could not be made with existing technology.  Solution, Clover changed the technology and engineered an entire new array of manufacturing machinery.  A significant investment but the result was well worth it.

The new Takumi line of knitting needles boasts some really cool improvements.  As we talked with knitters across the country we found a growing interest in lace knitting or just knitting with finer fibers.  All Takumi knitting needles now have a redesigned finer point which allows them to pick up even the smallest loops.  The unique bamboo finish enhances smooth, fast knitting without being so “slick” that you have to fight to keep the stitches in place.  Circular needles have been upgraded as well.  The cords connecting the needle points have been changed to a stronger and more flexible material.  Absent the old “springiness” your knitted fabrics now lie smoothly between the knitting needles while you work.

And some things have not changed.  Sustainability is still very important to many of us and bamboo is one of the most sustainable products on earth.  The use of bamboo in the manufacture of Takumi knitting needles has minimal environmental impact and use no petrochemicals during production.  But it’s not just any bamboo that we use.  Clover continues to use only the finest, select materials in the production of Takumi knitting needles.  The finished product gives you the luxurious, uniquely comfortable feel of hand warmed bamboo and the precision and performance of the newly enhanced knitting needle design.   When other knitting needles are ready to be discarded, Takumi will have become treasured heirlooms that will continue to be part of your creative aspirations for years and generations to come.

Few things are more personal than knitted items. Yarns are carefully selected for both color and texture.  Each and every stitch is hand-made.  Our projects are both purposeful and personal with usually someone special in mind.  For a virtuoso knitting performance in creating your masterpiece, Takumi will always your instrument of choice.

Tool School with Steve Butler Week 4 Rotary Cutter

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What is it? – Every now and then a sewing tool comes along that truly changes the way we sew.  Point in fact, the rotary cutter, a true renaissance tool.  Scissors are great, and still have their place, but they make our hands hurt, are hard to keep sharp (especially around husbands and children), require us to manipulate the fabric while cutting it, don’t like cutting layers or following lines and generally distort our fabric when cutting.  Only five thousand years after the invention of the wheel some genius applied the same principle to cutting fabric and we now enjoy the luxury of the rotary cutter.  They are easy to hold, are extremely sharp, effortlessly cut multiple layers of fabric, are adept at following lines and templates and cut so cleanly on flat laying fabric that little or no distortion or fraying results.  How cool.  I told you that Clover doesn’t do gadgets and we don’t.  We also don’t change what works just for the sake of change.  What we have done with the Clover Rotary Cutter is take the concept to a whole new level of performance with due consideration to both the user and an entire range of sewing applications.

What does it do? – Very simply put it makes the most demanding cutting applications easy and precise.

  • Ergonomic is too clinical to describe Clover’s blend of form and function to make a tool that is easy to hold and efficient to use. The handle is soft and fits comfortably in your hand.  The blade and movable shield work together to result in a precise angle so it’s easy to cut either sitting or standing.  It takes only seconds to set it up for either left or right handed operation.
  • In quality and performance, Clover rotary blades are unsurpassed. Made from high grade carbon steel and honed to an optimum blade angle, Clover blades are both sharp and durable.
  • Size matters. A gourmet chef uses several sizes of knives to prepare a meal.  She could probably get by with just one but why would she?  The same principle applies to cutting fabric.  When cutting several layers of fabric or long strips a large 60 millimeter rotary blade makes sense.  When cutting small patterns or using tight radius templates it is so much easier to manipulate an 18 millimeter rotary blade.    For projects in between there are 45 and 28 millimeter rotary blades. Fit the tool to the task for best results. Simple.
  • All rotary blades are made from super hard steel and are sharpened at very precise angles using heavy duty, computer controlled industrial equipment.  Your chances of matching the factory angles and grinding performance with a plastic “sharpener” at home are almost zero.  Replace warn used blades with sharp new blades.  You’re worth it.  So is your fabric.

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