I ask a lot from my tools and equipment. Naturally, they should be in decent condition and perform the desired task. I also like them to be simple, multi-talented, durable and inexpensive. My tools don’t often meet all those criteria; if I want durability and general usefulness, I have to pay for it.
Not this time. I found some cheap cork boards at the Swedish box store, intended for use under hot dishes. Some time ago, I went to a friend’s house to help her put a quilt together. She had one of these pads covered in pins! I loved the idea.
I discovered several other uses for these cork disks. The one next to the machine also holds any notions I need for a project. This is especially helpful when I can’t finish in one sitting- I won’t lose the zipper or the buttons or the particular foot I want or the useful scrap of bias tape. I’d also call it a portable design board, since I can carry it over to the cutting table (kitchen counter) as I ponder how to put a garment together.
It’s also great for using sharp tools. Now I don’t have to get up and locate my self heal mat to use my:
All that for the same price as two cans of Coke! Do you ever “re-purpose” an ordinary household item to use in your sewing, only to discover it works really well? What is it? How do you use it? What do you “go” for in tools? Looks? Durability? Design? Cost?
(I really enjoy the comments lately… I feel like I’m having a dozen slow-paced conversations. :) Also bought at the Swedish store- a clearance duvet cover destined to become the dress I show you how to build a simple bra into…! Soon! Tomorrow is my basic FBA tutorial, so I can build from there…)