In this month’s Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine there was a free gift which was a seam roller. I’ll be honest I’ve always been a bit dubious about them and if they actually worked. I’ve tried finger pressing to no good effect and figured they would have a similar affect so have always favoured using an iron to get a nice crisp seam. The thing with relying on an iron is that there is a lot of getting up and down, and even though I do have a Clover Mini Iron the location of my plugs means it is a little awkward to use, not only that I still haven’t quite forgiven it for the very nasty burn it gave me on my finger, although admittedly that was my fault for not paying attention to where it might be hot!
So when I picked up a copy of this month’s issue, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I have 2 blocks of foundation paper piecing blocks cut and ready to sew, but because of the ironing faff it has kinda been left. So after dropping Mabel off at nursery rather than doing some work for the shop I had to give it a go.
Wow what can I say, without sounding a little too over-enthusiastic it is life changing! I mean it really does work! Just roller over the seam a few times and it is perfectly flat as if you have done it with an iron. No more getting up and down, no more burnt fingers whilst trying to press at an awkward angle and best of all no fear of little Mabel fingers trying to grab it. It just sits right next to my machine and with the bright colour I should hopefully not lose it too easily!
I finished this block in no time and I’m eager to use it again. This is a tool I definitely recommend you add to your sewing kit. This issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine has only just come out so you must rush out and get one! (I haven’t been paid to say this!) The projects look pretty great too! Once you’ve given it a try let me know what you think. What are your favourite sewing tools? I’d love to hear.