I have some odd items in my sewing room, including this pair of regular old pliers. Not old, dirty pliers, but a new, clean pair, kept handy for hemming jobs.
You know that spot when you’re hemming a pair of jeans? Where you have to sew up and over the folded over side seam? Even putting my workhorse machine into low gear, the side seam would often win.
I had heard of people using a hammer & chunk of wood in the sewing room…..specifically to pound the seams of heavy fabrics like denim. In my household, I’m often sewing when others are sleeping, so I needed another solution that was WAY quieter. Enter………….my pliers.
I just fold the hem over, grab my pliers and compress that hem as flat as I can. The new, flatter hem just glides through my machine and I love how the whole job is easier with just a few minutes of prep work!
What unusual tool do you use in your sewing room?