I like to sew clothing and other items with a pattern but I really hate pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric when I cut it out. Once I discovered the rotary cutter I pretty much gave up pinning and just free-wheeled it! When I do need to be more precise I've been using some pattern weights (similar to these) I bought eons ago with thumbtacks in them. I only have six of them and sometimes that's not enough.
Hmmmmm???? What to do? MacGuyver it of course! I headed over to my local family-run hardware store, Frentz & Sons, and bought several shapes and sizes of these metal plating pieces. I considered a few other options -- no doubt perplexing the shop boys, before settling on these. There's just enough heft to them and they had plenty of shapes to do the trick. Total cost -- about $20.
I also bought a heavy duty magnet so I can pick the pieces up easily without disturbing the tender tissue paper patterns. But I wasn't done. A few of the pieces had rough edges, which I attributed to their Made In China stickers, if you know what I mean.
Stanley...you're letting me down guys.
Next, I found some faux suede fabric in my stash (thanks Diane) and made covers for each of the straight braces -- voila:
There was definitely nothing complicated about this task and it will make my next garment construction project go so much better. I love patronizing my local store -- they're always helpful and appreciative of my business.
Time to choose a new project!