Sewing tools are really important. It does make a huge difference if you work with quality items or with cheap stuff. Sure when you are starting out and you don’t know yet if fabric arts is something you like, you start out with cheap stuff. But after a while when you have been sewing for some time you will come to that point that you want to upgrade.
When I had first moved to Maui in ’07, I worked in a fabric and sewing machine store. I didn’t bring home much cash, but plenty of fabrics to rebuild my stash. When I moved here I had to leave my sewing machine and most of my fabrics behind.
At this store is where I fall in love with baby lock and gingher. Back home I had a pfaff, but the pfaff dealer here on island is kinda junk.
But living on an island, everything is expensive. So at that time I couldn’t really afford gingher scissors. And I am all for supporting local businesses. But one day at costco I saw a gingher scissor set for a little less then $100, with a whole bunch of different scissors in there. I couldn’t say no. Lol I couldn’t afford it either so I got it as a gift. Buying 2 scissors at the sewing store would have costed me more then that. So yeah I was one happy camper with that deal.
I love the scissors. Of course they are off limits to everybody else in the house. I think the set is now about 4 years old and I use the fabric scissors and the thread snipper the most and they seem still as sharp as when i had just gotten them.
At that time I was limiting myself to only garments. Back home in the Netherlands there weren’t as many quilt fabrics and most of them quit boring.
Then in 2008 I started working in a quilt store. Wow I had never seen so many fabulous quilt fabrics before, nothing boring about them. So by the end of ’08 I started quilting. Got my self a cutting mat and a cheap rotary cutter and there my new journey started.
Like I said, after a while you want to upgrade. Me being a firm believer in gingher quality I wanted their rotary cutter. No where to be found on the island. So amazon it was. And today when I checked my mailbox my package was waiting for. I was happy like a little girl with a new toy. Ok like a big girl with her new toy. I can’t wait to try it out. Ok why am I writing a blog about it and not cutting yet?