It had been a while since I ordered any notions online, so a free shipping order enticed me to buy a little light for my sewing machine, pronged fork pins, and the cheap version of a slick surface for free motion quilting.
The package arrived and, as always, the stuff looked better in the pictures. The light is installed and works fine, but it’s made of flimsy plastic so I’m not expecting it to be long lasting. The pins are supposed to help me match seams but right now I have no seams to match so I can’t tell you how they work. I did test them through fabric and they seem sharp.
The slick surface looks and feels like white Contact material, which would have been a heck of a lot cheaper. And this knockoff version of a supreme slider cost $10 less than that item’s small size. I’ll let you know how it performs. It may well rock my world, but right now it’s creased and looks like packaging material rather than the item itself.
My pique at how easily I can be duped into buying overpriced (IMHO) gadgetry led me to peruse a quilt shop catalog I received recently with a jaundiced eye. Do I really need a “quilt binding express” to fold and press binding strips for $26? How about a Jaaba, an aid to keep applique and binding flat while I hand sew? That costs $13, but it comes with an instructional DVD.
Oh, here’s swatch buddies, little plastic cards on a key ring that I’m to attach fabric swatches to and label them. For $13 I can get 24 of them. My mother used an empty envelope. And, my personal favorite, a 72 inch square felted design wall for $40. I use a cheap flannel backed plastic tablecloth that cost $5.
Wait, I just found a ruler buddy set for $13. For that I get three 1 inch wide finger guards (one 9.75 inches long and two 6 inches long) to stick on my acrylic rulers. Sorry, design wall, I have a new favorite. Really, if you’re worried about cutting your fingers I suggest a suction cup ruler gripper or a protective glove.
Yes, I know selling gizmos is the heart of private enterprise and production runs are small, so per unit costs are higher. I also know P T. Barnum had it right. Witness what I just bought.