When I was asked about what I found best to use to thread sewing machine needles

When I was asked about what I found best to use to thread sewing machine needles

*** Newest Find

 

I have found this to work the best especially on the embroidery machine. [Don’t know how well it will work on regular sewing machines.]

 

I have been using Large eye beading needles which are usually used when threading seed beads on to cord.  It is a thin piece of wire attached on both ends and they are like 5” long and bend in the middle.  They are long enough to put in eye of the needle & put thread in between wires and pull thru to the opposite side.  I find it easier to get the tip into the groove on the needle and with pressure can guide it down to the eye of the needle.

 

I also use size 14 needles top stitch needles.  The needles are thicker which makes the needles a little larger and the top stitch needles have a larger eye.  The size 14 machine needles embroidery needles have an eye a little smaller than the top stitching needles due to decorative threads which might be a bit thinner used for top stitching.

 

Joyce Kane

 

My Teaching Experience

Teaching for many can be a scary thing. I know from experience. the first class I taught was pretty scary and I’m still pretty new at it and still learning, but I was reminded of something very basic in the last class I taught and that’s the power of the act of kindness. Just before my class a person asked for the pattern even though they hadn’t signed up for the class. It’s not normal practice to share your pattern if they haven’t signed up for the class and shown up to take the class. In checking with the higher powers, I was told it was up to me if I wanted to share the pattern. I opted on sharing the pattern with a friendly reminder of the importance of signing up to the classes. Shortly after I received a thank you note telling me how grateful they were of my kindness since they are dealing with a family member and close friend being affected by COVID-19 at this time. It warmed my heart to think that a simple pattern brightened someone’s day and that their knitting at this time may be providing them some comfort. Thank you, Krafters Korner, for reminding me that we never know what others are experiencing and that crafting can make a difference.

Shelley S

 

 

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Labeling tags

Tips for Today

 

Labeling tags

 

I use tags for labeling my spools of thread that I attach a “Pen Friend label”.

I came across this on Amazon link can be found below.

 

What I used prior was a bit more expensive, but it worked well.  This is far better and have some advantages.

 

50 Pack – CleverDelights Yellow Plastic Tags – 2″ Round – Tear-Proof and waterproof – Inventory Asset Identification Price Tags

  • 2″ Diameter – Yellow – 10 mil thick – Waterproof and tear-proof
  • Reinforced metal eyelet – 5/32″ hole
  • Smooth surface accepts pencil, pen, and markers
  • Thin, but sturdy without edges.

 

I believe you can Braille on it, but I did not try.

I use ¼” rubber bands &it fits thru the metal hole.

 

They do come in 3” size, too.

 

12/23/20

Price $17.49 free Prime shipping

 

They also sell them in 100 count

 

 

Joyce Kane

Blindhands@AOL.com

 

 

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Best Tacky Glue Ever!

Hello,

My friend Joyce Kane recommended aleene’s Super Thick tacky glue 4 ounce jar a few months ago.  It was available on Amazon, and I love shopping Amazon.  While on the site I found aleene’s Original tacky glue bottles.  They could point and dispense the glue on a spot the size of a pin point.  The link described two bottles of glue and two of these amazingly accurate dispensers plus a small funnel to load them.  As a blind person, I have found the task of applying glue to a specific spot to be difficult, so I sprang for this little kit.

 

When the box arrived, the funnel was nowhere to be found; but the bottle caps were shaped like a cone with a point small enough to fit inside the rim of the small dispenser bottles.  The dispenser bottle caps had a point as tiny as a pin and a cap to fit on the pin with a tether affixed to the rim.  Now that’s what I call convenient, and I’m all about being easy and organized.

 

My first project was to glue a seed bead to the end of a wire.  Definitely precision work, and I was prepared.  I tipped my glue bottle upside down inside the rim of the tiny dispenser and began to pour.  Gravity held the glue away from the upturned spout, so I squeezed the plastic bottle.  Boy this glue is super tacky!  So, I squeezed and squeezed and waited, remembering the ancient TV commercials about Heinz Ketchup that featured the popular hit song “Anticipation.”  I finally gave up when the dispenser was about one-third full, enough glue to last through dozens of projects I was sure.  So, I screwed on the cap and placed the needle point against the spot where the wire protruded through the end of the tiny seed bead.  I began to squeeze the bottle.

And I squeezed and squeezed, singing that Anticipation tune as I waited.  I placed the fingers of my other hand at the end of the applicator in hopes of feeling the glue when it decided to join me outside the dispenser.  I think the universe expanded and contracted several times before the glue finally appeared.  When it did, I spread it around the area with my fingers, putting down the applicator with its needle-like dispenser tip, wondering if the glue would dry up and clog the tip before I could get my fingers free of glue before replacing the handy tethered cap

 

As I sat there making a mess, I thought how nice it would be to stick my fingers into a wide-neck jar and dip out just the right amount of glue and place it exactly where I need it.  So last night, before I tackled another gluing task on a different project, I poured some of that glue into a small, wide-mouth jar with a tight-fitting lid that I’d saved just for times like this.    Since the craft project that I’m currently working on requires precisely applied tacky glue at multiple spots, I have acquired some experience using this new technique for applying glue.    But then I realized, this technique is not new.  Joyce Kane discovered it and shared it with me months ago when she had recommended.

aleene’s Super Thick tacky glue 4-ounce jar.

 

All of this reminded me of the reason why I keep returning to Krafter’s Korner.  As a lifelong crafter and artist, I have had to relearn how to do everything non-visually since losing my sight.  The advice of blind crafters and artists who have already learned non-visual techniques is constantly flowing, always there to feed my insatiable need to continue crafting.  The men and women at Krafter’s have become longtime friends whom I count on and trust, who are ready to share, whether I listen or not.  And when I want to try something different, I am eager to share my successes with my fellow crafters.  When I make a total mess, though, I turn back to my crafting friends and appreciate them all the more. the Aleene’s tacky glue   that Joyce recommended is truly the best I’ve ever used.

 

Cathy Miller

 

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what to do with scraps and extra balls of yarn

On the Krafters Korner listserv, we were discussing ideas for using odd balls and scraps of yarn that are too small for a big project, but too much or too nice to just throw out.

Here are the ideas we came up with, including both small and large projects.  The small projects could use up one small ball of yarn, and the big projects could combine several into an interesting piece.

 

  • Several people create items from scraps for charity, or as gifts for friends and family.
  • Ornaments
  • magnets
  • bookmarks
  • Tassels for a garland
  • Pom poms for a garland
  • jewelry
  • coasters
  • napkin rings
  • flowers
  • small embellishments for zipper pull
  • Yarn dolls
  • Braids for hair ties or gift packages
  • Hair bands and scrunchies
  • Granny squares which can be used to make many things
  • scarves
  • hats
  • bags
  • ponchos
  • blankets
  • throws
  • prayer shawls
  • Pillow covers
  • rugs
  • Woven placemats
  • table runners
  • wall hangings
  • God’s Eyes
  • submitted by tracy C
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