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Posted on: 6/29/05 12:44 PM
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I like to iron my pattern pieces so they are nice and flat. That way, I'm more accurate when cutting my fabric. However, I don't have a workroom where I can let my pattern pieces lay out during the course of the project which could be days or even weeks. I also have cats that like to "help" me by listening to the paper crinkle as they play in it.

My solution was to to take a binder clip like you can get at Office Max, flip the handles back so they can be sueezed to open the clip, run an 8" piece of string through the two handles, and tie the string ends together to form a loop. What you get is a binder clip on a loop. Clip your pattern pieces on and throw the loop it over a hook or tack the loop to a cork board. No more wrinkled pattern pieces until your done with your project!

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candyo said... (6/30/05 8:24 PM) Reply
I used to put the pattern pieces over a hanger, and put the binder clip over that.
Irene said... (6/30/05 10:17 AM) Reply
Very helpful, especially since I have an unlimited supply of binder clips. The gizmo that I've been using is a clothespin-on-a-closehanger-hook. I happened to find a pack at a dollar store, so I don't know who might carry them normally. Even though I don't have a helper, this helps to keep patterns from becoming a tangled mess when I am working on several projects at once. The patterns line up with the hook, so they fit well in the closet. My oft-sewn pattern tracings just live in the closet and don't have to be ironed each time I use them.
purpleseamstress said... (6/29/05 11:28 PM) Reply
I've got a four legged furry helper, too. She likes to attack scissors, too!
sosoatsewing said... (6/29/05 3:06 PM) Reply
Great tip! I have "four" helpers that come runner whenever they hear the sound of pattern tissue....
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