So, in my tutorial yesterday I mentioned my ace new SewLine glue pen. I have just discovered this fantastic product, and I’m finding opportunities to use it almost everywhere. It’s a narrow tipped stick of water-soluble fabric glue that is blue when sticky, but dries clear. And of course, it just washes out when you have completed your project.
You can use it whenever pinning is a bit tricky (because the pins create too much bulk or distortion), or where you might normally do a bit of basting – for instance it’s incredibly handy when you are sewing zips or velcro. I also found it very useful when working with the organza on the jewellery wrap, when I was afraid of damaging the sheer fabric with pin marks or snags.
Inspired by Katy’s current series on the Fat Quarterly blog, and this tutorial by Sue Daley, I thought I would have a go at using the glue pen to make the gazillions of tiny hexies I am making for a frame purse I have on the go. Here’s a little photo-story of my progress…
All went extremely well and very quickly until I tried to remove the papers… which was a little bit tricky. But, my hexies are really small, I expect I used a bit too much glue AND I didn’t want to mistreat my lovely Liberty too much! Anyway, I damped the folds a bit and the papers came out with no more problems. And even in spite of that little hiccup, I think this is going to be my go-to method of making hexies from now on.
I got my glue pen from the excellent UK-based quilting and sewing supplies shop, New Threads, a great place to know about, not least because they have a HUGE range of Aurifil threads, and because they stock one of my favourite fabric marking pens. The great news for you lovely readers is that New Threads have provided 3 SewLine glue pens for me to giveaway – hurrah!
- Leave a comment on this blog post before midnight on Friday 20 July. If you want to be creative, why don’t you tell me about your summer holiday plans – alternatively, ‘pick me’ is as acceptable as always!
- I will pick three winners on Saturday 21 July using random.org to make the selection.
- This competition is only open to UK residents.
- Prizes must be claimed within 30 calendar days.
Good luck! And many thanks to New Threads for their generosity!
I’m having a break from blogging for the next week so I can re-charge my batteries, relax and enjoy my gorgeous boys. See you next Saturday!