Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Special tools

I like a good tool. Even if it's a single-use item and there are ways to do the task without it, but perhaps slower and less exact, I'll probably buy it. There are a lot of sewing notions I didn't bring with me to Germany, due to lack of space here and the thought that I wouldn't need them. But every time I go back I find that I cram a few more in my suitcase (or mail myself a package). Last trip I brought my Fasturn tubes and my SimFlex folding measure, among other things. I really missed my Fasturn when I had to make some little straps. The SimFlex and my SnapSetter came in handy tonight for my finishing this sweater.

Special tools came in handy!

The SimFlex made it so easy to determine how many snaps to put on and the spacing. No measuring  and it was easy-peasy to make sure the snaps were set evenly on both sides.

The SnapSetter is a must-have for putting in metal snaps. I've used the snap/grommet-setting pliers before and it's impossible to apply even pressure over the entire snap and too easy to smoosh the snap out of shape. The SnapSetter assures the snap is set perfectly - the first time! I use a rubber mallet instead of a hammer so I won't break the tool. The lime green snaps were also from Snapsource (maker of the SnapSetter) and such a perfect match for the sweater, almost like they were custom made. I bought them so long ago they no longer carry them in size 24 in this color. Now I wish I'd brought my stash of snaps (next trip!).

Finally, this sweater I started in 2008 is DONE!

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