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Monday, December 01, 2014

Pliers? They're my friend!!

Today I've been working at putting my White Cloth #2 together.  I used my machine to stitch the backing and front together, and now I'm proceeding to put a running stitch by hand around the outside edge.  In some places I'm stitching through up to twelve layers of fabric so the pliers are certainly useful!  Once this row of stitching is done I think I will also 'whip' it to give it a little more definition (and to disguise the fact that sometimes my running stitches tend to 'run' off in a slightly different direction than what I want them to!). 

Today the quote is from an unknown source... "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, gin & tonic in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride!"


  1. Indeed, what a ride!
    Pliers, yes, useful.

  2. You are not alone. I have had occasions to pull out the plyers to get a needle through fabric. Looking forward to seeing your finished piece.

  3. I'll remember the tip. Terry carries a pair of pliers with him everywhere. His RA has weakened his hands and the pliers come in handy often. Your piece is beautiful.

  4. Yep, I use them too. Handy dandy for sure! It's always so nice to visit you and and get a peek at the beautiful things you create! I love your new banner too...that little embroidered log cabin just stole my heart! Great quote too! xo

  5. Go the Pliers!!!!!!
    Anyway to get the thread through is what we need!
    I understand totally having just completed that doily quilt with all the machine quilting over it and the thicknesses.
    Thanks Mary Anne for your sweet comments!
    x Suzy

  6. I use a Mark Tool (Worc, Mass). Bent tweezers.
    They work beautifully, aren't heavy, and are easier on my fingers, and wrist.
    Your work is gorgeous.
    God Bless,

  7. 12 Layers of fabric!!!! You may need some dynamite too!

  8. Pliers are great for those hard to pull through stitches. Many, many years ago a friend wanted me to stitch the ripped seats of his Corvette while he was away on a trip. There I was in his parking space, radio blaring, shoes off, pliers in one hand and a curved leather needle in another. Someone must have thought I was a thief because the police came and asked me what I was doing. I showed them and they laughed. Really those seats needed replacing but whipped stitches helped to keep the stuffing from bursting out until he had the extra funds to do so. Oh yes, pliers can be a sewists' best friend at times. ;-)


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