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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Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Products

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Breast Cancer Awareness Limited Edition

Desk Needle Threader & 50 Piece Wonder Clips

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same!

Clover has joined forces with The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Clover will donate 5% for every $100.00 spent on the Pink Desk Needle Threader and/or Pink Wonder Clips, sold to fund Breast Cancer Initiatives. These limited edition products are available now.

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Desk Needle Threader (POP Display) Art No. 4080

Automatic needle threader. This tool is a must for every sewer and quilter. Easy to use and it threads your needles with a simple push of a button. The threader also has a built in cutter.

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Wonder Clips (50 pcs.) (POP Display) Art No. 3167

Clip and hold, Clip and Sew right where you need it! Great Holding capacity for different types of crafts. Wonder Clips have a wide opening for holding multiple layers of fabric. It won’t damage or distort the fabric. Wonder Clip base is flat for easy feeding to presser foot with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam allowance markings on the base.

Tool School by Steve Butler: Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Gauge

 

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What is it? – Quilting is truly an art form and over the years thousands of recognizable patterns have evolved. And each one of those has several if not an infinite number of variations. And how many of those do you think include triangles? It’s got to be in the thousands too. Colors, prints, batiks, fabric styles and block orientations all contribute to an unending array of designs. So what’s the problem? What’s the hassle? The hassle is making all of those little triangles and making them perfect in both symmetry and size so everything fits together and we get the designs we want. It’s hard to do, no two ways about it and some quilters avoid it just because it is so hard. But what if there were a way to take the hassle out of it, make triangles easy? Well that’s exactly what Clover and Nancy Zieman teamed up to do. The result? The No Hassle Triangle Gauge. This is a nifty little tool that solves all of the triangle problems. It’s constructed out of sturdy plastic with a securely locking slide. The markings on the shaft not only show you how to measure and mark your fabric but will even tell you what size to cut your blocks. Now you can make half square and quarter square triangles perfect every time. And it’s fast. You never cut a triangle, you just end up with them.

 

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What does it do? – The No Hassle Triangle Gauge allows you to achieve your triangle dreams with ease, either half square or quarter square. No guess work. No Mistakes.

  • For half square triangles you refer to the left side of the gauge. There you will find five different sizes of blocks. Reset the locking slide to the diagonal line below the size desired for your quilt design. The two numbers above will tell you what size to cut your blocks and what size the final triangle block will be. Once the blocks are cut, superimpose the triangle gauge within a double stacked block and mark the center line. Sew your scant quarter inch on either side of the marked line and then cut, unfold and press. Voila! You now have a perfect half square triangle.
  • For quarter square triangles you refer to the right side of the gauge where five size blocks are also indicated. Proceed to form half square blocks as above. Once complete simply match up two half square blocks and repeat using the markings on the left side as before. Now you have perfect quarter square triangle blocks. What could be easier?

How do I promote it? – The No Hassle Triangle Gauge is a class, maybe several for different quilt patterns. Gotta’ do it though. If you only put it up on your peg board chances are your customers may not realize exactly what it can do. Promoting your class with samples and a simple story board will get the word out too. Make a few blocks and leave them and the gauge out on your cutting table or near checkout to generate questions. Make sure everyone knows how to do a demo. Show it with a quilt you’ve made at a meeting of your quilt guild. Everyone will want one. The No Hassle Triangle Gauge is one of our very best selling products. It can easily be one for you as well. If your customers can effortlessly make perfect triangles for their quilt blocks, just think what else they will be buying! Clover helps you sell everything else.

See the latest Tool School video on Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Gauge

Clover at the Pre-Emmy’s Gift Suite: A recap through photos

Clover Needlecraft presented some of our exciting products to celebrities as they walked the floor at the 66th Emmy Awards gifting suite hosted by the Borgnine Group and organized by the Craft and Hobby Association. Participants included past and present winners, nominees, and celebrities from all facets of the entertainment industry.

Clover Needlecraft was very excited to be a part of this event and we want to say thank you to all who followed along with us!

We have some lucky winners who will be receiving Clover “swag bags”

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Carol W.

Doreen E.

We’ll be contacting the winners by email, be sure to sign up for Tool School for a chance to win Clover products.

Clover and the Pre-Emmy Award’s Celebrity Gifting Suite

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Clover is heading to the Emmy’s!

Clover is excited to announce its involvement and inclusion in the 66th Emmy Awards gifting suite hosted by The Borgnine Group in Studio City, California and organized by the Craft & Hobby Association. This is an invitation-only, celebrity gifting experience, and will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014Clover Needlecraft will showcase and encourage the Hollywood celebrities to work with Clover’s Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles, Weaving Sticks, and French Knitter.

We are looking forward to sharing and demonstrating our products with the stars and you can follow along with us on by using #cloverusa and #emmygiftsuite on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is a wonderful opportunity to share the excitement of our products and creativity of our industry!