I didn’t really feel like sewing when I returned home yesterday afternoon. But, I did want to do something sewing-related so I made permanent patterns of a couple of my newer favorites. I have all of the usual pattern making tools: bunny punch, notcher, tracing wheel and screw punch. But, after struggling once again to cut out heavy poster board (I know, I’ve finally decided to break down and buy a large roll of oak tag) with my Fiskars I decided it was time for some serious shears.
So, I headed off to the store this afternoon to treat myself to a pair of shears for pattern making only. When I told my friend Greg (of Azar’s Sewing Center in Davie, Florida) what I wanted them for, he recommended the knife edge Mundial 12NPKE. I thought a 12″ shear would be a bit much for me to handle but they are very comfortable and cut the heavy paper easily. No more raggedy edges!
UPDATE 10/24/06: Kelly asked about other patternmaking tools – I apologize, I just assume everyone knows what I’m talking about. Guess I know what that makes me. I will allow expert patternmaker Kathleen Fasanella to fill you in! Kathleen discusses the basic patternmaking tools here, in her post entitled Tools and Supplies. She left out my favorite thing, the bunny punch (my nickname is Bunny) but discusses it in another post entitled – what else? – Bunny Punch. Here you can also see the hooks that are used to hang the patterns and keep all the pieces of each style together.
When I visited Simplicity last year, I noticed that all of their paper sample patterns were hung on hooks so their use isn’t limited to oak tag patterns. I must mention that Simplicity’s NYC staff not only gave our group a fascinating tour but were incredibly gracious as well. If I lived in New York, I’d beg them for a job! For decades I disliked Simplicity patterns but they have made such wonderful changes to their product line in recent years that they have become one of my favorites.