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This is an excerpt from a vintage issue of The Workbasket, volume 19, August 1954 and it offers handy tips for needle work.  I am writing it as it is presented in the booklet.  These pointers may have been more helpful to  be bulleted.  Each paragraph is another pointer; they are not related to each other per se.

Needle Pointers

Do you like to use razor blades for seam ripping and other sewing needs?  Double edge blades are dangerous, but you can make them safer with a  cork handle.  Push one side of the blade down into the cork far enough to hold it tight;  then use the cork for a safety handle.

Discarded neckties are a gold mine of material for pillow tops and crazy quilts.  Piece them nit and miss or make up in patterns that require small pieces (such as the log cabin).  We’ve seen even a knitting bag made this way.  The rich fabrics and colors give the articles a homey sort of elegance.

Many rug hookers use old stockings cut round and round in a spiral.  Here’s an idea for making the cutting of these strips easier.  Slip a rolling pin into the stocking and let it revolve as you move along with scissors, starting at the top and working downward.  You can see what you are doing and will have a neater strip.

Fasten loose ends of thread to the spool with a bit of celluphane tape – saves wasted minutes untangling the thread box.

Here’s a time and motion saver when you’re starting on a sewing project:  fill all the bobbins you will need before you begin -then there’ll be no stopping to rethread the machine.

A shoemaker’s small leather awl is a handy tool for the sewing basket.  Use it to push out turned corners of collars and cuffs, mark positions for seams, notches, darts.

I hope there was something useful for you here.

Happy crafting,  Sabrina (STUFFEZES)

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