Two Gotta-Have Sewing Notions

Lazies, Let me tell you about two gotta-have notions to put on your holiday gift list: my favorite pair of scissors and a light for your sewing machine.

Item: ‘Bendable Bright Light’


Bendable Bright Light from Dream World Inc.

I had a chance to try the ‘Bendable Bright Light‘ recently at a quilt retreat and I love it. Oh my goodness, it is so much better at shining where I need it than the other light accessory I bought years ago.

Why I Love It
Not only does this little gem illuminate the presser foot area like I have a headlamp on my forehead, I can bend the light toward me and shine where I’m seam ripping when needed. Good stuff.

Details
No item numbers listed at their site
Suggested Retail: $49.95
Extra mounting set: $9.95

This light is attached to the side of your sewing machine, held in place by an adhesive-backed mounting bracket. To attach, put the light in the mounting bracket first, then find the perfect location, peel and stick.

It comes with clips to hold the electrical cord in place along the backside of your machine. No battery, no light bulb to replace. Buy an additional mounting kit if you want to use the light at different machines – I know you have more than one machine!

Item: ‘Ultimate Scissors EX-170′

 
Ultimate Scissors EX-170 from Clover Needlecraft Inc.

Appropriately named, Clover Needlecraft’s ‘Ultimate Scissors’ cut better than any scissors I’ve ever used. Big endorsement, I know, but true. I have more scissors than I know – these are the ones I covet.

Why I Love Them
In addition to their great cutting, they are lightweight and feel like holding nothing in my hand. I’ve had these scissors for about a year and I once again appreciated how wonderful they are while working like a fool at a weekend-long quilt retreat.

Details
Scissors size: 6 3/4″
Clover item #4933
Suggested Retail: $39.00

There are a number of sizes available but this 6 3/4″ size is perfect for many of my needs. These are a nice medium sized scissor that combine the sharp tip of a small pair but offer a bit more length and therefore more utility. It’s nice to have a size between large cutting shears and small thread snips.

When To Use Them
These scissors are lightweight and are not meant for heavy-duty cutting chores. They are ideal for just about everything else. They are small enough to conveniently take along with a project, yet not so small they get buried or lost amongst your supplies.

Need a different size? I’ve tried all of the other scissors in Clover’s ‘Ultimate’ line, and they are all fabulous.

Have you tried either of these items?  What do you think?

Enjoy!
Joan

Images from Dream World Inc. and Clover Needlecraft Inc.

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16 Responses to “Two Gotta-Have Sewing Notions”

  1. Judy — October 6, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    I tried the light at a shophop, and it truly was great. Mine’s on order right now. I’ll have to think about the scissors. For years, I have been trying to prove that one can never have enough scissors.

  2. lois — October 6, 2008 @ 8:56 am

    Hi Joan,
    I love good scissors! I read in a magazine a few years back that everyone can use an extra pair of scissors, so I got them for every woman on my christmas list. (Not as nice as yours — $5 pairs) Everyone loved them!! It is true, you can never have too many scissors.

  3. Yolanda Fundora — October 6, 2008 @ 9:01 am

    Hi Joan,
    I absolutely agree! My business partner and co-author, Barbara Campbell and I spent a lot a time ‘auditioning’ scissors to recommend in our Fuse It and Be Done book and we both agreed the smaller one, the EX 135, was the best for our needs. I have three that each have different tasks assigned to them: paper, fusible-web-backed fabrics and plain fabric. Great for intricate cutting work such as Hawaaiian style applique. They were invaluable for the paper and fabric dolls in our book.

    By the way, I’ve never thanked you…and cannot thank you enough really… for using my A La Mode fabric as your choice in the remake of the Roundaround bag. I was so thrilled to see it. I have the picture on my bulletin board in my studio.

    I’m a faithful Monday morning reader of your blog. Love it. You are an inspiration to me.
    Thank you so much.

  4. Penny — October 6, 2008 @ 9:10 am

    Well Joan I really thought I didn’t need another pair of scissors until I received these in. They are so comfortable on my fingers that I had to keep one for myself! I have not tried that light yet but I know I need it with my umm age creeping up on me! However I really don’t think me, myself and I, or anyone else I know need it for seam ripping! Thanks for sharing the goodies with us.

    Penny D
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  5. Julie in NM — October 6, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    I’ve had the bendable light for about a month and just love it. Never realized I really was working in the dark!! Really helps when I am quilting…easier to see where I’m sewing. Best birthday present I’ve ever bought for myself!!

  6. Judi Richman — October 6, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    I have the Bendable light: I found that using a velcro circle to adher the light to the machine,, makes for easier moving to another machine. I’m not thrilled with the mounting or the cord holders and the price of additional mountings is expensve. You also have to have an additional electric outlet available to plug in the light. The brightness itself is good but wish you could adjust the size of the circle of light ( like with some flashlights)

  7. Amy — October 6, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    The Scissors look wonderful, do you know if they work for lefties too, or is the handle contoured for the right hand? I just couldn’t tell from the picture.

    Thanks
    Amy

  8. Jan Andrews — October 6, 2008 @ 11:57 am

    I have the light and just love it. I have a smaller pair of the Clover scissors and they are perfect for machine-side trimming. I guess I’ll need to add the larger ones to my scissor collection as well.

  9. jeanette — October 6, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    I bought the light at a shop hop in June and absolutely love it. I was actually looking for an Ott light but wasn’t too keen on adjusting for the stand. This was cheaper and puts the light exactly where I want it. I ran the cord clips across the back of my machine so they are out of the way.

    It was the best thing I found on that shop hop… I can’t sew anymore without it…

  10. Sophie — October 6, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    I’ve gotta get that light!! I’ve got a halogen that I’ve been trying to use, but it’s too big and get in the way and then it heats up gets makes my face hot (because I put it soo close to the machine). I’ve tried shining it from the back but I don’t get the same light. This is definitely the trick!!!

  11. Jeanne McBrayer — October 7, 2008 @ 11:29 am

    Thanks for the tips…I have officially started my Christmas list. I have a scissors fetish, I guess, just love them and usually walk around with a pair attached to my “Long-armed and Dangerous” work apron. I guess the neighbors are used to seeing me with scissors dangling when I walk to the mailbox. The light looks like it will work better than the table-stand Ott light I use at my domestic sewing machine, and I am thinking it would be a good addition to the Gammill as well.

  12. Tiff@Three Peas — October 7, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    I need to get some decent scissors. I may have to try those!

  13. Grama Chris — October 25, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

    How do I get started on this forum I’m very new to this?

  14. carol jean — November 15, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

    Before I saw your light, I mounted one of the lights made for reading a book. It is also bendable; attachable with velcro circle and moveable from machine to machine, battery is replaceable. Works fine for now. I’d rather spend my money on patterns, fabric or the new scizzors.

  15. Harriet Cook — December 12, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    I have had a pair of Gingher shears for years. How do the Clover Ultimate Scissors EX-170 compare? My Ginghers are sharp, but the blades have never ‘met’ well (i.e. I can hold them up to the light and look between the blades when the scissors are closed) which tends to do things like ‘bend’ flannel. not good.

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