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2019

 

What is it?

 “I’m on pins and needles.” We’ve all heard the phrase and we know what it means. A sense of anxiety or suspense. But how could that possibly apply to sewing? Pins and needles of course. We all use them but they’re all armed with wickedly sharp little points. Hence the anxiety or suspense. We’ve all been stuck more than once while we’ve had to sort through a pile of pins or needles looking for the one we need. But it’s a hodge-podge of shafts and points all aimed in different directions so not so easy. And if we’ve ever left a few threaded needles in close proximity to each other then we have the added task of untangling sharp points and threads. Also a daunting task. So what to do? Clover has the answer for you in the Magnet Pin Caddy and the tried and true Dome Threaded Needle Case.

 

What does it do?

Pins and needles are absolutely essential to almost everything we do in sewing. The task is to manage all of these small, sharp tools effectively. You know, keep them clean, organized and easily accessible. To assist us in our task Clover produces two management tools that make it all so simple.

 

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Art No. 4105 Magnet Pin Caddy

Clover’s Magnet Pin Caddy is more useful than ever. You’ve got an unmanageable stack of pins and the caddy has the magnetic management answer. By simply holding the face of the pin caddy over your stack of pins and they are all magnetically (read magically) lifted, aligned and readily accessible for your use. No poking, no sharp surprises. But what if we’ve got more than one type or size of pin? Fine and extra-fine quilting pins, appliqué pins, flower head pins, whatever. Just use a separate pin caddy for each. And to make that easier and more organized we’ve made the Magnet Pin Caddy stackable. Just put on the locking cover and stack them in any order that suits you.

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Art No. 625 Dome Threaded Needle Case

For anyone who uses thread and needle to complete a project, the Dome Threaded Needle Case is a must. And that’s basically all of us. When the time comes and we need a threaded needle the last thing we want to do is stop the creative process to actually thread that needle. Using the needle case we can thread up to ten needles and store them and their attached threads securely and cleanly. Until we need them. Then all that is required is to select the appropriate needle with thread and remove it. And the creative process continues unabated. Easy.

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

You’ve been making remarkable progress on your new knitting project. Amazingly so and in spite of all of those interruptions. Who knew? Smooth sailing and it’s working up fast. But then you see it. Something looks wrong. Long, uninterrupted horizontal cords of yarn. It looks like a ladder right in the middle of your project. Oh no. Somehow you missed a loop and a stitch has been dropped. The problem is you didn’t even notice for several rows. Maybe even five or six rows. Now it’s ruined. You remember a knitting instructor telling you once, “There is no crying in knitting.” Okay, no crying but really, what can be done about the gap in stitches? The first impulse might be to pull out all of the stitches down to the dropped stitch. But if it’s a large project, that might be a lot of work to rip out and then a lot of work to replace. So . . . maybe it’s time to reconsider crying. No, just kidding. The smart folks at Clover sympathize and want to help. We knit too. To make short work of what could be very long work, Clover has developed the Bamboo Knitting Repair Hook set. With these clever little tools you can go down six or seven rows and repair the dropped stitch, restoring your project to the pristine vision you had for it to begin with. It’s easy. No kidding. And more importantly, no crying.

 

    

       Art No. 3009 Bamboo Knitting Repair Hooks

 

What does it do?

Clover’s Bamboo Knitting Repair Hook set is everything you’ve come to expect from us and more. Made to the same high standards and from the same fine bamboo stock as our Takumi knitting needles, the bamboo repair set is a “must have” for any knitting kit. These hooks allow you to manipulate your yarn to easily and effectively repair a dropped stitch from several rows down. The set is comprised of two needles, manufactured in two different sizes to allow you to select the one most suitable for the yarn weight you are using. Each tool is designed with a knitting needle point at one end and a crochet hook at the other. This allows a wide variety of technique applications depending on the repair method that is best employed. Knit or purl, it’s all possible.

 

-Unravelling stitches

 

 

-Picking up new stitches

 

 

-Using as a mini crochet hook

 

 

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

Everything we do in sewing starts with cutting larger pieces of fabric into smaller pieces of fabric before we can reassemble them into larger pieces of fabric fitting our creative design. Fashion, quilting, home decor and a whole host of accessories for all of them. It all starts with the cut. And it makes sense then that the more precise that cut, the more precise our finished project will be and the happier we are with what we’ve accomplished. So what do we use to make these all important cuts? Scissors of course. We’ve been using them for eons. But they do have their limitations. They are naturally fatiguing to use, hard to keep sharp, require us to manipulate our fabric while cutting and can even distort our fabric in the process. So what can we use to fill in the gaps where scissors are perhaps not the best choice of cutting tools? Rotary cutters of course. They are non-fatiguing, easy to keep sharp and allow us to cut our fabric (even multiple layers) as it lies securely and, most importantly, smoothly on our cutting mats. The results? Happy hands and precise cuts for any project. The only problem they present is choosing which size rotary cutter to use when. Possible applications for our rotary cutters range from long strips for quilting and home decor to small angular curves for fashion and appliqué and everything in between. To make sure you have the right tool for the right job Clover has manufactured rotary cutters in 18mm. 28mm. 45mm and 60mm sizes, each designed to provide unmatched cutting performance for your fabric and uncompromising safety standards for you. Each is has a comfortable, ergonomically shaped handle to reduce wrist fatigue (standing or sitting), a safety shield to protect us and our fabric from unwanted cuts and an extremely sharp, durable and easily replaceable blade to make the desired cuts.

What does it do?

Okay, so we have these really cool rotary cutters in four sizes. They are extremely sharp (they’ll easily cut through multiple layers of upholstery fabric) and we’ve made them comfortable and safe to hold and use. So now what? When do we use them? Here are some ideas:

Rotary Cutter

Art No. 7503: Rotary Cutter (18mm) - This is the smallest size available. This is the one we want to use in fashion for cutting short radius curves and trimming short seams. It’s a must for appliqué where we’ve got to get into really tight curves, either free hand or using a template.

      

Art No. 7501: Rotary Cutter (28mm) - This is the smaller of the mid-size rotary cutters. It’s perfect for fashion or home decor cuts where we’re making medium radius curves, short straight cuts or trimming longer seams. It is also very handy for cutting more “relaxed” appliqué patterns.

   

   

Art No. 7500: Rotary Cutter (45mm) - This is the larger of the mid-size rotary cutters. It has a nice balance of applications between the large and small rotary cutters. If you were to have only one size cutter this would be the one. It is ideally suited for long sweeping curves in fashion and works very well for cutting long strips for most quilting applications. Nothing turns out quilting strips and blocks as fast or precise. It is the true “Jack of All Trades” size.

   

   

Art No. 7502: Rotary Cutter (60mm) - This is the largest size rotary cutter. It is designed specifically for long sweeping or straight strips for fashion, home decor and quilting.   Calculating the circumference of this blade will tell you that it will last as much as three times longer than the 18mm blade cutting the same fabric. It’s science so who knew. It just makes sense that we should always use the largest blade possible for any job at hand. The economy is undeniable. We also get the best long, smooth and precise cuts.

   

   

 

By Steve Butler