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Posted on: 2/12/06 10:46 PM
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I use 2 similar types of plastic paper clips to keep pattern pieces/ instruction sheets together while I am sewing.
I)for all pattern pieces currently being used, I use large plastic 'bulldog' clips( in boxes from the $2 shop),and clip the pattern pieces together as I take them off the fabric pieces they are pinned to.When I've finished,they are all together ready to be returned to the envelope/bag in which they are stored.
II) for the pattern instruction sheets,I use 2 plastic 'bulldog' clips (the type that has a hole through one of the parts that squeezes together to open the clip).I hang the clips,attached at each end of the top of the pattern sheet,on my corkboard(above/to one side of my machine) by pushing long glass-topped pins through the holes in the clips into the board.This way I have the instructions right in front of my eyes and out of the way.The same arrangement could be more permanent by using small cuphooks instead of the pins.

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regine said... (4/27/06 3:02 PM) Reply
I find the pattern instructions very unwieldy so I recently scanned only the part of the sheet I need on to A4 paper and stapled them together. This is much easier to handle. One does not need the additonal instructions in different languages.
JenniferBee said... (2/13/06 5:38 PM) Reply
I also have a cork board on the wall in front of my sewing machine, but I just pin the instructions on with long pins. :-) This way they don't disappear under all the fabric on my big cutting out table.
Patzee said... (2/13/06 3:24 PM) Reply
Oh, I see what they are. SewVeryTall...duh, I should have done a Google search first before asking this question. My apologies to all -- and thanks for the excellent tip.
SewVeryTall said... (2/13/06 7:50 AM) Reply
Great tips, Aless. Here's a link to show them: bulldog photos
Aless said... (2/13/06 1:50 AM) Reply
I'll try to explain(gulp!). It's the clip you often see in offices and has been around for years. Was first made of metal. It has a section that is made like 2 flat 'jaws'. These 'jaws' grip the paper. They are worked by squeezing 2 'handles' together with forefinger and thumb. There is a strong spring in the section between the 'jaws' and the 'handles'.If you can imagine tongs for paper you'll get near it.The 'jaws' are held shut by the pressure of the spring. I hope this makes sense.I didn't even think about the name when I wrote the tips.
Patzee said... (2/12/06 11:01 PM) Reply
Huh. Never thought about putting those instructions on a board! But what's a *bulldog* clip?
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