I love these glue pens. Other brands (which may be cheaper, but I’ve never looked so I don’t know!) are available, but I am loyal to Sewline for a few reasons.
First of all it’s really easy to get hold of refills, second, the glue is blue-ish (but dries clear) so is easy to see when it’s on the fabric, and thirdly, it has a narrow tip, so is easy to apply to fiddly bits of fabric.
The key to this glue is that you can use it to temporarily hold bits of fabric, to other bits of fabric, or to paper, in places where it is difficult (or just cumbersome) to use pins. And it is unnoticeable or just washes away when you are done.
I use these glue pens to hold zips in place when I’m making zippy pouches, and when I’m making pockets in tote bags, and when I’m stitching zips into cushions. I use it when I’m doing foundation piecing – it’s a great way to hold the first piece of fabric in place on the paper or foundation fabric. I also use it when I’m doing raw edge appliqué (to hold motifs in place) and needle turn appliqué (again to hold motifs, but also to temporarily hold the turned edge in place whilst I stitch).
You can also use a glue pen for basting fabric to paper pieces when you are English paper piecing – Sue Daley is the queen of this technique, and you can see her video on how to do it just here.
Here’s my glue pen in use on one of my current projects – my ‘Say Something’ Artist Trading Card. I am using bits of selvedge/selvage with fun, positive words and building them up on a base fabric. Later on I am going to add some hand and machine stitching, but in the meantime, the glue pen is doing all the hard work of holding these bits of fabric until I apply the needlework. Brilliant stuff, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
I love the new range of Schnittchen sewing patterns at Dragonfly – there are some fab looking projects for all range of skill levels. I particularly like this Katha tunic pattern – which I think would be fab with this brilliant cotton lawn with a sweet parakeet print:
Dragonfly are also hosting another shop open day on July 8th (save the date).You’ll be able to browse fabrics, get advice from the team and meet other dressmakers while enjoying free tea, coffee and cake. Look through their fabric ranges at your leisure and choose your sewing patterns with their expert help – there will also be exclusive offers. All of that plus the lovely East Sussex countryside and the pretty village of Mayfield to explore – sounds like a great day out.
Meanwhile, Black Sheep Wools have a great yarn bargain for you, with 15% off all cotton yarns – you just need to use the code COTT15, which is also valid for cottons in the Clearance section too. Bargains upon bargains! If I wasn’t already in a terrible guilt about unfinished knitting projects, I would be much tempted by this glorious shawl pattern (not in the sale) and some lovely Noema yarn (cocktail coloured, but there are other lovely shades available if you aren’t a bright colour fiend like me!) from Louisa Harding.
And finally, and very deservedly, Black Sheep Wools have been nominated for FIVE different awards in the 2016 British Knitting Awards. Congratulations to them, and please do go along and support them with your vote, if you are a Black Sheep Wools customer.