Category Archives: Tool Reviews

Beautiful Thread

A few weeks ago I received a press release that Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett had teamed together with Rowan and had come up with a new product. Considering how much I love both designers, I asked for a press kit. I had only expected something like yarn or fabric swatches, but was totally surprised that two boxes of gorgeous thread arrived in my mailbox last week. This new line of 100% cotton thread complements Amy’s current Love and Soul Blossom‘s line and Kaffe’s Stones and Circus collection. I’ve had the chance to sew with it over the past week and it is fabulous – the colors are vivid, they blend beautifully, and my machine loves it (there’s no lint flying off)!
Besides matching your fabric perfectly, why should you use quality thread? Here’s a great article on the difference between the ‘bargain’ spools and high quality brands. Now I need to get my hands on some Soul Blossoms fabric and thread…. I am so in love with the prints from this collection – it may be time to re-do the sewing room in some new fabrics!

Fasturn

One of the more frustrating aspects of sewing is getting little tiny tubes of fabric to turn right side out. There are lots of methods, using a ribbon and safety pin, leaving the thread tail long and pulling it through the tube, and using a bobby pin and snipping a hole at the top (and pulling it through) – none of which I work fantastically. I’ve purchased commercial tools as well, some of which work better than others. However, I was recently sent a Fasturn to test out and I have to say “I love it”!
I had heard about this product previously on notions reviews, but didn’t understand how this tool could be so useful until I tried it myself. And it’s easy to use too – create your fabric tube, slip the Fasturn inside, insert the ‘pigtail’ and twist so that it grabs the fabric, and pull (you can check out an illustration here). I tried it several times and got great results each trial.
If you’re interested in purchasing this product yourself, The Crowing Touch company is offering a 20% discount on your order when you enter in the coupon code “BLOG”. While you’re there you can check out their other selection of sewing notions including bias tape makers, patterns, a video on how to use the Fasturn, and fabrics.