Sunday Stash #207 – Do You Have a Notion?

Notions aren’t always the most exciting things to talk about, are they? However, they really are the items that allow us to turn our most favourite thing (ahem, fabric) into a full range of delightful creatures. Can you imagine that zipper pouch without a zipper?! Or trying to sew anything without a fresh needle? Or my personal favourite notion, the Hera marker aka tracing spatula to … what? This is probably the one item that I speak to people about and they proceed to tell me they’ve never tried it. Sometimes, they don’t even know what it is. As you can see, I have several, and like my kids, I always love one more than another.

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I picked up all of these items to do some further investigative work about what works for me. I primarily use Hera markers to mark the sew lines on my HSTs, and sometimes to mark lines for quilting. With so many of them on the market, I decided to buy all that I could find and see which I like best. I’ll definitely report back on my findings. If only there were a way to combine all three! Also, those zippers are actually invisible zippers which I’ve never tried out before, but it’s time to pull a bunny out of a hat and actually make them disappear! As for those hand sewing needles, well my friend Kate suggested I try them out, and who am I to argue with experience. So do you have notions that I shouldn’t be living without? Let me know in the comments so I can make all my quilty dreams come true!

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15 Responses

  1. Rike says:

    I’m one of the people who didn’t tried them before, but the hint with the HST sounds really good. I think, I will buy one. I have ‘That Purple Thing’. That’s cool, too, but you cannot mark very well with it.
    I just tried the invisible zipper in a swaddle snail for our little sun. Woth the right food it’s not to difficulty.
    Greetings from Germany, Rike

  2. Kat says:

    I’m looking forward to your review. Unfortunately my ‘can’t live without’ notion is my Clover seam ripper!

    • Kathy C. says:

      Seam rippers – I agree! I love the smaller version of the Seam Fix. While the big one is ok, the cap doesn’t fit on the back of the ripper.

  3. Pam Arbour says:

    Ha, I have had one of those for years and I used it to finger-press collars and facings, etc. It never occurred to me to use it as a pressing tool. Thanks for the tip! Now I’d better go find that thing!

  4. I love Heras in theory but have never had success using them for quilting. But I’m with Rike — marking HSTs may be the perfect use for them!

    My favorite notion is Clover’s Chaco liner. I’ve had problems with the yellow liner not washing out of fabric, but the white one is great and has never given me trouble.

  5. Lisa says:

    The only hera marker I’ve seen is the one on the left in the photo. I’m using it now to mark quilting lines to follow with the walking foot. I’ve never tried it for sewing lines. I like the 1/4″ rulers.

  6. Debbie says:

    I’m an ardent hera marker fan and use it to mark most of my quilting, as well as HSTs. Another thing I use alot are my sewing tweezers: https://www.amazon.com/item4ever-TWE6-Sewing-Machine-Tweezers/dp/B0012DNMXG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482075588&sr=8-1&keywords=sewing+tweezers
    With my Juki, the bobbin thread is short when I pull it up, and these tweezers are perfect for reaching under the foot to grab it.

  7. Chris K. says:

    One of my favorite things is these snips: https://www.amazon.com/Havels-Snip-Eze-4-Inch-Embroidery-Snips/dp/B002760C9Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482085755&sr=8-1&keywords=havel+snip+eze
    Because of the curved blades, you can cut threads very close to the fabric without worrying about cutting the fabric. They’re very handy.

    I also like the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutter: https://smile.amazon.com/Martelli-Ergo-Rotary-Cutter-Right/dp/B0001DUJLQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482086311&sr=8-1&keywords=martelli+rotary+cutter
    There’s a left-handed version, too.

    “Sewing supply collector” describes it perfectly.

  8. Barbie says:

    My favorite notions are my Bloc-Loc rulers. They’ve ruined me and I can’t make half square triangles without them! 😉

  9. I just recently got a Hera marker and have been loving it so far. I’ll be glad to hear your reviews when you’ve had a chance to use these!

  10. Trude Jackson says:

    Sorry I’m so late joining this thread…but I was just thinking about my favorite marking tool the Clover Thin Line Chaco Liner…it comes in a variety of colors…I tend to mark in blue. I’ve tried pencils, pens and other chalks…this really works great if you need to mark:

    https://www.amazon.com/Clover-Chaco-Liner-Chalk-Marker/dp/B014C7KPOM/ref=sr_1_3?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1485966898&sr=1-3&keywords=clover+chaco+chalk

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