I have completed my blouse, and I am so thrilled with how it's come out! I've already told you about the Hong Kong finishes, so let's talk about the other gadgets i used.
Meet the "sew ez finger thing"! $9.95/each
This is a multi-purpose tool that you can use for whatever you find use for. When I was working with my Hong Kong finishes, I found this guy very handy when it came to pressing down the binding. It saved my fingers from multiple burns because it kept my finger at a safe enough distance from the hot, hot, hot steam coming from the iron!
Never misplace another buttonhole again, with the simflex expanding guage! $19.00/each
(also pictured, pattern weights $15.29/set of 4, clover tailor's chalk $2.50)
Simply pull the gauge to the distances you want your buttonholes to be apart, and then mark them!
Some of the Bernina machines have an on-screen button measuring device. all you do, is hold up your button, and tell the machine how big it is. Then, it automatically adjusts the size of the buttonhole, so you end up with a perfectly perfect result!
See that yellow circle on the right, on the bottom? You just put your button on screen, and adjust the yellow circle around it!
I love Bernina buttonholes, because unlike most things in my life, I only have to tell it what I want once, HA! Once you tell the machine what size you're looking for, it just keeps making them that exact same size until you tell it to stop.
The next tool that I adore is the buttonhole cutter ($29.99). How many times have you sliced through your buttonhole with a seam ripper or scissors? They just aren't the right tool for the job!
This sharp, chisel edge cuts clean and easy through the center of your buttonhole, and nowhere else. The wooden block is included with the cutter, and protects your work area from scratches and slices.
I was very disappointed that I had chosen buttons that I had to hand-sew on, considering how much I love the #18 foot!
And here is my #bathroomselfie of the finished top! Cindylee taught us how to bead in the last wearables club, so I added some pearl beads to the collar. I am planning to wear this to the upcoming Wearables Club, on July 19th, so stop by and check it out in person!
My next project will be the Albion Jacket, made with some laminated Riley Blake fabric that just arrived.