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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

 

The staff at CLOVER MFG.C0.,LTD. would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019!!

 

Our thanks go to all those who come our website, use our products, and love handicraft and CLOVER.

We will continue to bring you further updates on the latest product information, the project and various information to enjoy craft throughout 2019.

 

Thanks again and good wish to you for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 and beyond.

 

  

What is it?

All right, we’ve decided to do a little fashion sewing. Cool. We’ve visited our local shop and poured over the pattern catalogs or perhaps searched favorite sites on the internet. In either case we’ve found a pattern that’s just what we’re looking for. We’ve reviewed the instructions on the back of the pattern envelope and acquired all of the required notions as well as the correct yardage of that killer fabric that will really make our project pop. Keep in mind we’ll also want to make it something that we’ll really enjoy wearing. Something both fashionable and comfortable. So where do we start? We start with the pattern. Right out of the envelope it’s nothing more that large sheets of tightly folded pattern paper. We loosely cut the major sections apart to make them easy to manipulate and maybe even iron them to smooth away all of the folds (remember, no steam). Now we can easily identify the pattern lines and instructions. Chances are we purchased a pattern that suits several sizes. We’ll need to locate the size we need on the pattern and then precisely cut along those indicated lines to remove that section from the larger sheet of pattern paper. It’s important to realize though, that the pattern indicates general sizes that fit the average proportions for each size. But the truth is, no one is average. What that means to us is that while overall we might be a “medium”, some parts of us might be a little “extra-medium” while other parts of us might be more of a “slim-medium”. Okay, so how do we make those adjustments, the ones that will make our project look great and really fit well so we feel like a million bucks? It’s easy enough to make those measurements and mark them on our pattern. But how do we connect the dots? Let’s take it a step further. What if we want to change the neck line? How about arm holes? Perhaps we need to adjust a hip line or the hem line. How can we modify our pattern to satisfy our own personal measurements or perhaps enable our own creative design inclinations? Drum roll here please… And the answer is Clover Curve Ruler with Mini Ruler.

 

What does it do?

Whether modifying a pattern or designing a completely new pattern, two things are essential. Aesthetics and function. It has to look good and it has to feel good. It’s easy to insert our own measurements onto a pattern or to sketch out an original. The trick is to gracefully connect the dots or smoothen our sketch marks to achieve our creative intent in an acceptable way. In short we need a guide. Clover has produced three, the Deep Curve, the Shallow Curve and the Mini Ruler.

       

Art. No 7006 Curve Ruler with Mini Ruler

 

Deep Curve – The Deep Curve is probably the most important curved ruler used for fashion design. A sweeping long curve is accentuated by accelerating angles at one end producing a very tight circular curve guide. The result is an infinite set of curves that can be used to connect any of our dots with a smooth, graceful line. Clover’s Deep Curve is also conveniently marked to allow measurement of both lengths and seam allowances.

 

Shallow Curve – The hip line, hem line, side seams and other similar adjustments all require smooth, consistent sweeping curves. Clover’s Shallow Curve is ideally suited for this application. A long sweeping curve tool marked with measurements for both length and seam allowances, this is the “go to” tool for those fine adjustments that will make the fit of our garment just perfect.

 

Mini Ruler – Think of how often we need to check a measurement or a seam allowance. Just to be sure before we make it permanent. Sometimes our garment is even on our sewing machine and under the needle. But we just need a quick check to avoid having to use the seam ripper later. Clover’s Mini Ruler is the perfect tool. It’s small size, 150mm x 10mm, makes it easy to manipulate.  Marked in both inches for length and fractions of an inch for seam allowances, it is accurate and easy to read for those quick measurements.

     

 

By Steve Butler

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