Hand Sewing Hack

IMG_2766How do I love Duct Tape? Let me count the ways! 

IMG_2763Today’s tip is using tape to make an impromptu finger shield while hand stitching. I’ve lusted over the fancy adhesive thimbles in expensive quilter’s catalogs, but I couldn’t bring myself to purchase something that costs so much per use, since they are disposable. On this project, however, I was beginning to long for them, as hand sewing through as many as 8 layers on the seams while attaching this binding can get a little…shall we say, complicated. (Complicated is code for painful!) Thimbles suck, so they’re not a good option for me, plus I needed something for my thumb, not my fingers. What popped into my mind? Miss Liz from Swamp People- my husband’s favorite show. She wraps each finger with what appears to be electrical tape so the lines they drag the alligators in on don’t cut through. (If you haven’t seen the show, it’s worth a watch…not very cerebral, but intriguing on a very-umm-primal level.)

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How you do it: Cut several strips and layer them on your thumb or whichever finger you use to push your needle through. It’s that simple. And it’s marvelous! It’s one of those ideas you can’t believe you hadn’t thought of before. I’ll definitely be keeping a roll of tape close by my sewing supplies from now on. I will say, though, it’s not totally impenetrable, so if you try this hack, use a little finesse. Remember the back of the needle is pretty sharp, as well. Mine went through the tape when I was sewing through the side seam and just pressed my thumb down onto the needle like a madman-directly from the top, not the side. Not my smoothest move ever. This works very well as a barrier as long as the needle is at an angle-not perpendicular to your thumb if you are applying a ton of pressure.

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The Moral of The Story?

Thimbles suck-unless your goal is to see how wobbly your needle can be as you try to sew.

And there are very few problems in life that Duct tape can’t solve!

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