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- What is it?

What do we think of when the topic of straight pins comes to the fore?  Usually we think of those sharp little devils that find us when we’re not looking for them.  You know, the one that’s hidden in that quilt top that we’re folding (but is now in our finger) or perhaps the one that we dropped earlier in the day and is now lodged in our favorite pair of socks (that we’re still wearing) or maybe the one we forget to remove and hit with our sewing machine needle (that breaks).  And when we do find that pin cushion we’ve been looking for, we see it’s loaded with an almost indecipherable array of pin types and sizes (and the search continues).  Yes, pins can be a “pain” but we really can’t do without them either.  They’re necessary to almost everything we do in all genres of sewing.  In fact they are just as elemental to what we do as scissors and needles and threads.  And because of that importance we need to make sure we always use best style and size needle for each unique application.  Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

 

Size – As with sewing machine needles, we should always use the finest needle possible to be the least intrusive with our fine fabrics.  If our pins are buckling as we insert them though, it’s probably a sign that we need to go to a heavier shaft. They shouldn’t bend.  Length is important too.  If we’re pinning several layers of fabric together as in quilting or pinning large seam allowances we’ll need to use longer pins.  For appliqué, on the other hand, we can (and should) get away with shorter pins.

Pin heads – The pin heads are very important.  That’s the handle that allows us to effectively manipulate the pins.  We have tiny metal heads, plastic heads, glass heads, and flat heads.  Each provides specific advantages so pick the one that best suits your needs.  If you’re planning on ironing over your pins it’s a good idea to verify their heat resistance before using them.

Points – This is the business end of the pin.  Needless to say it should be clean and sharp.  The extra-sharp category also exists for special needs.  Dull, bent or corroded (really old) needles damage our fabric and test our patience.  When in doubt toss it. This is not the place to be stingy.

- What does it do?

We use straight pins to hold patterns in place, bind fabric pieces, hold seams together, anchor trims, beads or other embellishments in place and even block knitted products. Over time several styles of pins have evolved to satisfy the specific demands all of these different applications. For each of these applications there is a “best” straight pin design that will give us the best results. Taking the time to identify that pin is well worth it and will always help take you to your sewing happy place.

 

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Flower Head Pins

The defining feature is a large flat head. That makes it both easy to see and manipulate. It is especially well suited for pinning lace, eyelets or loose woven embellishments to fabric because the head will not slip through enlarged openings. You can also lay rulers flat on them when marking or cutting. The heads are not iron proof so keep them away from the heat. These pins come in three different diameters to provide strength without stressing your fabric.

 Extra fine (Art. No 2510) – Very fine shaft and acute point for delicate fabrics.

 

 

 (0.45 x 50 mm)

 

 Fine (Art. No 2505)– Thin shaft and acute point for fine fabrics like silk osatin.

 

 

 (0.55 x 50 mm)

 

Regular (Art. No 2506)– Same acute point but a little stronger and longer shaft for multiple layers of heavier fabrics. Great for quilting.

 

 

 (0.70 x 54 mm)

 

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Appliqué Pins (Art. No 231)

These little gems are perfect for applying appliqués, trims, beads, or sequins to your project. The sharp, tapered point prevents damage to your fabric. The small 3/4″ size allows detailed work when many pins are required and space is limited.

 

 

 (0.60 x 20 mm)

 

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Quilting Pins

Quilting pins have a fine point and a smooth shaft to make them fabric friendly. They are longer than many straight pins so they can penetrate several layers of fabric and stay in place. Clover quilting needles are available in two shaft sizes, fine for more delicate fabrics and regular for heavier fabrics. They have glass heads so they can be ironed.

 

 Regular (Art. No 2508)

 

 

  (0.60 x 48 mm)

 

Fine (Art. No 2509)

 

 

  (0.50 x 48 mm)

 

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Patchwork Pins

Patchwork pins have very fine points for use on the most delicate fabrics like silks and satins. Two sizes are available, fine and extra fine. They have glass heads so they can be ironed.

 Fine (Art. No 232)

 

 

  (0.50 x 36 mm)


 Extra Fine (Art. No 2507)

 

 

 (0.40 x 36 mm)

 

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Marbled Glass Head Pins (Art. No 2511)

Marbled Glass Head Pins are a little shorter and finer than the quilting pins. Sharp and thin, they are ideally suited for dress making applications where fine fabrics are being used. They have glass heads so they are iron safe.

 

 

   (0.50 x 36 mm)

 

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Fork Pins (Art. No 240)

Fork pins have two shafts connected by a turned up end. This allows you to pin fabrics without lifting them. Perfect for securing hard to handle or slippery lining materials. They are great for positioning stripe or plaid fabric pattern alignment prior to sewing in place. They’ve also found a new home in creative contemporary quilting where matching unique shapes is required. Blocking knitted garments? No problem. Clover also has a Fork Blocking Pin that is one size larger and works great with knitted or crocheted fabrics.

 

 

 (0.56 mm diameter)

 

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

Bias binding tape has been called “the duct tape of sewing.” Why? Because, like the actual duct tape, it’s just so handy. We can use it to join raw edges of fabric in any fashion that suits our creative vision.

Bold fashion accents, button hole loops, draw strings, bag straps, elastic casings, edges of hot pads, placemats, bibs, quilts, blankets, pillows, necklines, arm holes or for just decorative appliqué embellishment. The list of bias tape applications is truly endless.

Well, those are some ideas of what it can be used for, but what is this magical elixir of sewing? It’s just fabric cut on the bias. By cutting it on the bias we’re able to stretch the fabric on a 45° angle from its warp and weft. This “stretchiness” allows us to follow the most intricate curved lines by draping and bending instead of folding and stuffing. Okay, so we agree it’s a very cool thing and that we need it.

But where do we get it? We all have a favorite shop where we get our fabric and sewing notions. They’ll no doubt have a good selection of ready made bias tape. That selection will be limited, however, to only a few primary solid colors and a limited number of widths. If that fits what you’re doing, go for it.

But if it restricts your creative intent in any way, well, you’ll have to make it yourself. Is that a problem? No. It is an extra step and it requires detailed attention to make it perfect. But it is also so liberating in a creative context. The good news is that at that same favorite shop where you get your fabric you can buy a tool that does all of the work for you, the Bias Tape Maker, made by the clever people at Clover.

What does it do?

It’s simple. By using any Bias Tape Maker, you can produce custom bias tape to suit any creative mood you might be in. Select any fabric, cut the required width of fabric on the bias, pull it through the bias tape maker and iron the creases to hold the shape. It’s perfect bias tape binding every time with minimum effort, saving time and enhancing the creative process. Once you use one and see how easily it makes bias tape you will never want to be without it. Bias Tape Makers come in two styles.

 

Bias Tape Maker (Art No. 464/06, 464/12, 464/18, 464/25, 464/50)

This is our standard bias tape maker. Simply cut your fabric on the bias in a width twice the finished size desired. The bias tape maker will fold the fabric evenly as you pull it through. Iron it into shape as it is pulled from the device and you’re done. If you want double fold bias tape, just fold that in half and iron again. Easy and the result is a great looking accent to any project. Bias Tape Makers are available in 6 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, 25 mm, 50 mm finished sizes.

 

 Bias Tape Maker (6 mm / 12 mm / 18 mm / 25 mm / 50 mm)

 

 

 

Fusible Bias Tape Maker (Art No. 4011, 4012, 4013, 4014, 4015)

The Fusible bias tape maker adds a new dimension to the basic product. With this unique tool you can easily apply a fusible surface to the back of your bias tape as you make it. No additional steps required. Now for Celtic, Meshwork or numerous other applications you can iron and fuse your tape strips into place before sewing. Fusible Bias Tape Maker is available in 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm and 25 mm finished sizes.

 

Fusible Bias Tape Maker (6 mm / 9 mm / 12 mm / 18 mm / 25 mm)

  

 

 

Selected Projects for Bias Tape Makers

 Meshwork Bag

 

 

 Meshwork Small Bag

 

 

 Spa Slippers

 

 

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The new Flexible Rubber Thimbles can be best described as needle grippers!

They can be worn on either your index finger or your thumb to grip the needle and finish pulling it through the fabric.

Or if you’re working with heavy fabrics, you can wear the flexible thimbles on both the index finger and the thumb, allowing you to pull the needle through with so much ease.

Our new thimbles are flexible for a perfect fit and have cooling vents for breath-ability.

 

They are available in two sizes: medium (Art. No 6031) and large (Art. No 6032). The medium thimble has a diameter of 16mm while the large thimble has a diameter of 18mm .

   

                                           Flexible Rubber Thimbles
                                             Art. No 6031 and 6032

 

What is it?

If you’re looking for something old that is really new again in the world of crochet then hairpin lace is just the ticket.  Historically called “fork work” or more recently “hairpin crochet”, this is one of those truly unique art forms that comes and goes as each new generation of artists discover it… again.  Each of these new generations, however, contribute new and more creative technique.  Though credit for the creation of this technique is generally ascribed to Katherine of Aragon it was certainly very popular in Victorian times.  For those who are into crochet and want fast results, hairpin lace crochet is the perfect technique.  The variety and creativity enabled by the loom belies the ease and speed with which they are accomplished.  Using Clover’s Hairpin Lace Loom and a crochet hook appropriate to the size yarn being used we can create strips of lace that will later be joined together in any number of ways producing various textures and patterns.  How many?  Well, that’s up to you but considering all of the different weights and textures of modern yarns available combined with your own personal creative index and it’s pretty much unlimited.

 

   Art. No 3104 Hair Pin Lace Tool

 

What does it do?

Hairpin lace is a technique using a crochet hook and a special loom.  Originally a metal U-shaped hairpin may have been used from which the hairpin lace name probably originates.  Clover’s modern loom, however, consists of two parallel metal rods held at the top and bottom by removable connecting bridges.  These parallel bridges also allow us to easily and precisely adjust the width of our lace to create the desired pattern.  The hairpin lace technique is to crochet around these two vertical rods which are set a specific distance apart by the connecting bridges.  Set the width according to the pattern instructions or by your own creative whim.  As you rotate the loom to add loops you crochet them together in the center.  The result is lace strips of a specific creative design that are subsequently joined together to form our finished project.  The dramatic appearance of hairpin lace is unique and easy to identify.

 

 

Selected Projects for Hair Pin Lace Tool

Pullover

 

 

Men’s scarf

 

Fall scarf

 

Watch “How-to” here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is it?

There are many projects we can make with fabric for fashion, quilting, home decor, accessories or crafts. But how do we make them truly ours? How can we personalize what we’ve made so that it really shows our own creative vision. One very dramatic way to achieve that is hand embroidery. And what could be more personal or creative than three dimensional hand embroidery that easily adapts to our every whim? If we can imagine it, we can do it. Welcome to the amazing world of dimensional embroidery with all of its possibilities. Embroidery using a punch needle is often and properly referred to as “thread painting” because of its inexhaustible potential for intricacy and style. Rembrandt to Monet to Picasso, it’s your call. Our potential mediums extend from embroidery floss to hand dyed floss, pear cotton, wools, silks, metallic threads or even 2mm silk ribbon. With all of those fibers we can lay down a virtual kaleidoscope of color and texture on our canvases. And Clover’s Embroidery Stitching Tool is the best way to ensure that your creative experience is all you want it to be.

 

 

What does it do?
Hand embroidery with a punch needle is a fiber art technique that involves looping yarn, floss or ribbon in the format of a pattern through fabric. The Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool and its accessories enable us to apply our desired fiber to any selected fabric easily and precisely.

 

 

Embroidery Stitching Tool
The punch embroidery technique requires a special needle that is thin, hollow and attached to a comfortable handle for easy manipulation. Our selected embroidery fiber flows through the handle and down through the needle exiting through the eye at the point. As the needle is punched through the fabric and retracted it leaves a loop on the opposite side of the fabric. Succeeding loops fill in our pattern. The handle of the Embroidery Stitching Tool accepts three different sizes of needles to accommodate different sizes of fibers and even has a guide to show us the direction of the needle for successive stitches.

 

  Art. No 8800 Embroidery Stitching Tool

 

Extended Needle Threader

The Clover Extended Needle Threader enables us to pull our thread, floss or ribbon from the entry point on the top of the handle all the way to the eye of the needle. Easy peasy and no frustration.

 

  Art. No 8810 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Threader

 

Clover Embroidery Hoop
Perfect for Embroidery Stitching. Inner Hoop Grips The fabric firmly, keeping it tight.

           

 

  Art. No 8812 Clover Embroidery Hoop (18 cm)

 

       

  Art. No 8813 Clover Embroidery Hoop (12 cm)

 

Embroidery Needle

 

  Art. No 8801 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Single Ply Needle)

 

  Art. No 8804 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (3 Ply Needle)

 

 

  Art. No 8803 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (6 Ply Needle)

 

 

  Art. No 8802 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Needle for Medium-Fine Yarn)

 

 

Selected projects:

 

Design Collection 1 for Embroidery Stitching Tool (PDF)

 

Design Collection 2 for Embroidery Stitching Tool (PDF)

 

Book Cover with wool embroidery (PDF)

 

Placemat with Embroidery (PDF)

 


Watch “How-to” here:

 

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