pattern weights

Cross-posted and this may not work - but if it does, you're going to love
it. Just look here! OT (but close) I was surprised at how pricey,
especially 'shipping' costs, pattern weights are. Mine are so old I may have
been born with them. You know, they're the heavy little things you use to
hold a dress pattern steady while you cut instead of using pins. I happened
upon a crochet pattern where you crochet a short little tube, load it with
quarters or washers and close it off. A decent weight in quarters is about
$2.50 - but - you're not throwing them away. Easy enough to remove them if
you need to buy bread or thread. As ever, here is the website - or,
considering my skill? maybe the statistics for the New Orleans Saints.
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Polly
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Polly Esther
:Cross-posted and this may not work - but if it does, you're going to love :it. Just look here! OT (but close) I was surprised at how pricey, :especially 'shipping' costs, pattern weights are. Mine are so old I may have :been born with them. You know, they're the heavy little things you use to :hold a dress pattern steady while you cut instead of using pins. I happened :upon a crochet pattern where you crochet a short little tube, load it with :quarters or washers and close it off. A decent weight in quarters is about :$2.50 - but - you're not throwing them away. Easy enough to remove them if
I use random bits of hardware. Large (inch+ diameter) bolts, nuts, pipe fittings. Steel pieces get a bit of spray polyurethane to keep them from rusting and leaving spots. Most of them are things picked up in the street.
I've also used tin cans out of the cupboard.
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David Scheidt
Le 15/10/2013 05:42, Polly Esther a écrit :
I use old brass imperial weights from my old kitchen scales, but have lost 2 so I am struggling at the moment. However I have met a lovely lady who paints stones so have asked her to paint me 4 medium sized ones with sewing items to use as cutting out weights. They will be a gift to myself, she charges about 4 ? per stone. Just waiting for her carpal tunnel to improve!!
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Claire in France
Cross-posted and this may not work - but if it does, you're going to love it. Just look here! OT (but close) I was surprised at how pricey, especially 'shipping' costs, pattern weights are. Mine are so old I may have been born with them. You know, they're the heavy little things you use to hold a dress pattern steady while you cut instead of using pins. I happened upon a crochet pattern where you crochet a short little tube, load it with quarters or washers and close it off. A decent weight in quarters is about $2.50 - but - you're not throwing them away. Easy enough to remove them if you need to buy bread or thread. As ever, here is the website - or, considering my skill? maybe the statistics for the New Orleans Saints.
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Polly
Long ago my Grandmother used flatware, spoons, forks, and butter knives for pattern weights, and now that is what I use. She also cut patterns out on her kitchen table. I use my cardboard cutting board on my kitchen table because my cloth cutting table is usually loaded down with cloth or patterns. I hope to start on a project in the next few days. Barbara used to be in SC, but now in FL
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Bobbie Sews more
Cross-posted and this may not work - but if it does, you're going to love it. Just look here! OT (but close) I was surprised at how pricey, especially 'shipping' costs, pattern weights are. Mine are so old I may have been born with them. You know, they're the heavy little things you use to hold a dress pattern steady while you cut instead of using pins. I happened upon a crochet pattern where you crochet a short little tube, load it with quarters or washers and close it off. A decent weight in quarters is about $2.50 - but - you're not throwing them away. Easy enough to remove them if you need to buy bread or thread. As ever, here is the website - or, considering my skill? maybe the statistics for the New Orleans Saints.
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Polly
Polly, I have never seen a bought-pattern weight, unless you count a can of food as one. Back in the early 40s, when I began sewing, there was no such thing, or if there was, I didn't see them. Mother, Grandma and all the aunts who sewed used whatever was available, mostly pins. I have always pinned most fabrics, or anything I thought would keep it steady, even a hammer, pliers, wrenches, etc. My laundry room where tools are kept is next to the sewing room.
Emily
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CypSew
They are very cute. Thanks Polly.
I think I'd make them for a bigger coin though - the Aus 50c coin which is a bit bigger would work well with that sort of cover.
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Farm1
I use bags of rice, cans of cat food and tomatoes, soup bowls (clean, natch!), and 4 large G clamps bought for the purpose.
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Kate XXXXXX
I mostly use books and drafting tools.
The first-edition _A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns_ I just acquired feels like a lead brick, and should work very well.
Probably won't use it, as it will be in the sewing room and I cut out in the kitchen, where novels and dictionaries are closer to hand.
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Joy Beeson

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