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Posted by: Karla Kizer
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Posted on: 10/15/05 2:26 PM
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How long should it take one reasonably intelligent (?) woman to figure out how to use safety pins? After years of losing track of what kind(s) of interfacing I have, I started using sticky labels to mark each interfacing with the manufacturer, name, fiber content, etc., only to carelessly cut off the label and lose it at some point. Now I write on the sticky label, then fold it in half (sticky sides in) and attach it to the interfacing with a safety pin that can be moved as I use up the interfacing. (Duh!) I mark another large safety pin with the same label, and use the large pin to collect scraps of the appropriate interfacing. Now I have a source for small pieces of interfacing so I can test it on a fabric before I commit to cutting into the big piece, and the labels make it easy to find the right interfacing.

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Mary Stiefer said...
Good one Karla.
10/15/05 3:24 PM
sew obsessed said...
Great idea Karla. Thanks for the tip.
10/15/05 4:04 PM
Georgene said...
You are far too organized. Brilliant!
10/15/05 5:09 PM
Brine said...
Thank you! I have tried keeping interfacing in (labeled) plastic sleeves, but I like this idea much better; especially the part about saving labeled scraps. Perhaps it would also be helpful to add a note as to whether the interfacing had been prewashed or not.
10/15/05 9:08 PM
Astrostitcher said...
Good Idea! I can see lots of other uses for a labeled saftey pin too. Thanks for sharing a good tip.
10/16/05 3:05 AM
Stitchology said...
You are nominated for a MacArthur award.
10/16/05 9:38 AM
Lee Ann Hawkins said...
What is a MacArthur award?
10/19/05 6:04 PM
bunz said...
A definite Einstein moment! Thank you for sharing it w us.
10/21/05 7:03 PM
regine said...
excellent idea, thanks
10/22/05 2:52 PM
Sweetpea said...
Thank you for solving this problem for me! This is a quick and organized way to keep both large and small pieces together.
10/22/05 6:56 PM
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