I love trying new things and today a package came from my friend Els. Hemming tape and basting thread!!!
The hemming tape is 2 meters long. That is also 2000 millimeters or 200 centimeters.
In imperial measurement the tape is 78.72 inches, or 6.56 feet, much taller than I. I could use it to mark the hem of short sleeves! Wow, what a concept.
It is anchored by a 4 ounce (yes, I weighed it LOL) brass foot which rests firmly on the floor and the top of the tape is held up. The hem is marked so that it is equal distance from the floor.
One side of the tape has the markings down from the top and the other side has the markings running up
A tape can roll up and take up very little space as opposed to a clumsy yard stick that stands in a corner, waiting to fall over if it’s bumped. Corners are not always (ahem!) *easy* to get to in my sewing space.
And an unyielding yardstick can flatten gathers of a skirt and cause the hem to look uneven in spite of the technically correct placement of the hem.
So I am very pleased to add this hemming tape to the sewing notions stash.
Els sent an unexpected **bonus**: some basting thread for me to try out. When tailoring with canvas and tightly woven wools the basting threads I buy here can be difficult to pull through the fabrics’ thickness, shed messy cotton fibers, and easy break off when you are trying to remove them after machine stitching. This thread looks like it might be mercerized. It’s more shiny and thicker than the shank hanging from my task light. I like that it’s on a spool.
I tried so hard to get the photo that would show you the differences but I believe I’ve failed. Maybe you can see that the spooled thread is not quite as fuzzy…(then again, maybe not….)
Guess you’ll have to be here to appreciate the differences
Both are welcome additions to my bag of tricks.
Thank you Els!