Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Susan Khalje Needles and Pins
I've been to Susan Khalje's wonderful trunk shows at the American Sewing Guild conferences, I read her Threads articles closely and of course, I own her books, even the "wedding gown" book although I never made my own nor do I have a daughter to sew one for in the future. But up until last spring I had not taken a hands on class with Susan. I signed up for the Fort Myers chapter workshop on "Couture Techniques" and loved every minute. Couture involves great precision and a lot of hand sewing. I seldom (if ever) will make a entire couture garment. But the techniques are useful when adding touches of couture details to a fashion project.
One of the greatest benefits of the workshop buying these fabulous hand sewing needles from Susan. Susan's website store I had already become a pin snob years ago and only use Japanese glass headed pins. Susan sells them as well so I resupplied myself with another 2 boxes. The hand sewing needles were revelation to me. Smooth as glass and also remarkably strong. As Susan describes them , they don't arc when you are sewing through multiple layers or heavy fabric. I keep them separate from any other hand needles and am jealously possessive of them. They deserve a nicer, cuter "home" but for now they stay together in some felted wool jersey and I lovingly make sure they have a cozy, safe resting place each night.
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