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Magnetic seam allowance guides for scissors

Addiscomber

Magnetic seam allowance guides for scissors
« on: June 28, 2020, 17:41:48 PM »
https://www.debondtbv.com/magnetische-afstandhouder-voor-schaar-5-10mm-3x10st-663590.html?option=65043



These were suggested when I asked on a Dutch doll clothes FB page if there was a nifty gadget for adding seam allowances to paper patterns that don't have them, as I am afraid to just add as I am cutting fabric because I would almost certainly forget to do it every time. They don't seem to be available in the UK (although Barnyarns sell a different idea which attaches to scissors but I am not finding them easy to use). I have found them on sale in a Dutch online shop but the P&P makes them prohibitive for a single pair. P&P doesn't increase for at least 15 sets and so I wondered if there would be any interest if I bought several sets and sold them on the selling pages here? I don't want to profit from this idea, just bring down the cost of my own set. I have calculated that if I bought 5 they should be under £8 a set with postage within the UK, and that would reduce if more than 4 people wanted to join in.

BrendaP

Re: Magnetic seam allowance guides for scissors
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2020, 18:42:22 PM »
If you want to add a quarter inch seam allowance to a paper pattern just tape two regular hexagonal pencils together.  Trace one along the edge of the pattern and the other will draw the cutting line.

Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

BrendaP

Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Lilian

Re: Magnetic seam allowance guides for scissors
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2020, 19:26:34 PM »
If you want to add a quarter inch seam allowance to a paper pattern just tape two regular hexagonal pencils together.  Trace one along the edge of the pattern and the other will draw the cutting line.

That's a clever idea @BrendaP you have so much knowledge!  :thumbsup:
Willing but not always able :)

BrendaP

Re: Magnetic seam allowance guides for scissors
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2020, 19:52:41 PM »
I learned that one ages ago from a blog/tutorial by the bra designer Margreet of Merckwaerdigh  Dig deep enough and you'll probably find it.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Addiscomber

Re: Magnetic seam allowance guides for scissors
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 23:36:40 PM »
On the other hand, if you just want a stack of button magnets Amazon have loads to choose from.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/walolo-Strong-Magnets-Neodymium-Picture/dp/B07GFK5XFC/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2I1KX7ED9SGLE&dchild=1&keywords=button+magnets+strong&qid=1593366260&sprefix=button+magnets%2Caps%2C149&sr=8-2


Thank you, BrendaP. I had no idea that magnets like that existed let alone were so reasonable in price. I see that there are packs of 20 1mm thick which would enable several widths.  I had heard of the 2 pencil arrangement but I want to be able to add more than 1/4 inch sometimes.