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Tools of the trade…What you really need is not this…. Review of my favorite stores latest add

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Do I really need all these?

I look at this and think yummy. But wait a minute I already learned that lesson. Use what you have like the Mimi taught ya. And what about all the folks here around me trying to make a living? Now this on-line store IS my hands down favorite and if I order I do it from them. But I wait for the big sales.There are some free shipping deals here but only a couple may be worth you time as a beginner or intermediate sewing enthusiast.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the add. I tried to remove all the jib-jab.
If …I ordered what their expert is saying… I would have spent all this :
Tools:$147.48
Other stuff:$ 501
That is $ 648.48!!! with free shipping woooo hooo!
I  wish I had had some reviews when I started this deal years ago. I’m such a sucker when you talk about “professional looking” finished products. Lets face it here, a professional couture seamstress are on SALARY (like gets paid not by the piece) and this stuff is provided.  Not the AVERAGE sewer now is she…took me a while to figure THAT out.
Holy mollie folks.
I tried this pen. It does not last long, especially compared to the basting glue for the PRICE. Spent 6.25
Seam tape is also cheap and snipped into tiny squares I have used it on a wedding dress with 50 yards of silk ribbon to be placed before there was basting glue.
The small scissors I got on sale at a local store 5.25
The big scissors ARE a good buy for the quality but I use the small pair so “no go”
The scallop templet? really? I use a piece of card board and draw it out with a pencil and a string and then cut different ones or they come free in sewing magizines.  To make it nice ,I use a piece of scrap paper that I “misprinted” from my printer. Glue it on and write the information on it. Cost about an hour for 6 of them in different ones.
Press and shape board. A definite need for heriloom and lace work. But I got mine on sale at local store for 13.99 (not on sale). Cutting board on one side. soft pad on the other. Us it for a gazilion things.
To lace shape. Trace the loop design on the board on misprinted paper like the design like on the board. Do a web search for the pattern. Stab pin it to my cheap board and viola…saved 28 Bucks and have all sorts of other designs and options.
Uhmmm yeah, another tube turner. not for me.
Construction books, like if you have more than 5…check your magazines or the web. It’s a money grabber.
Fabric? Holey cow. She who dies with the most stash wins comes to mind. I got about 12K of stuff I haven’t used yet. Do love the MP cotton but still haven’t used the 4  pieces of 2 yards from 2 years ago. (hint order on 50% of days or the free shipping days. You CAN count on MP for quality, fast delivery. She is the ONLY one I trust for online orders)
Pleated fabric, good deal.
After pleater, spool holder, thread  and time learning how to use the thing. I figured I’d wasted about $250. Go for the $10, or contact your local stores. There are local folks that need the cash and will do it for you on fabric you have for the same price.
Digital embroidery. So wish I had the funds to do that. I looked at several over the last year. Ends up being like buying a B.O.A.T. (Bale out another thousand) or buying a car. Machine-check, programs-check, needles-check, more thread-check, classes-check….
I have 3 local ladies that bid for my work. They need the cash and I DON”T need to spend all that cash and loose my mind on yet another project. I KNOW I have never met a craft I didn’t like but scattered is scattered.
Those grip scissor are on my wish list for another century. At last count I have 5 pares of large, 4 pairs of small, 3 seam rippers, 3 exacto knife thingys with different shapes and 2 different electric shears. I use the same 3 daily. The electric shears worked for about 1 year. Now I can’t get blades anymore.
Still looking for a decent pair. I learned how to use the rotary cutters (3 different kinds..I told you I have tried a LOT of things). I plan my cuts better and use things more efficiently using those and it is faster than the electric shears.
I love this store, the lady has always been about helping and supporting sewers in the industry rather than herself. In return Karma blessed her. I have actually written her about some of the stuff they are saying you NEED. Also about her recent sell out to another company (my opinion) as I am getting stuff from another company I did not order nor ask for.
No response and that is okay. I realize her job now is to push these nice ladies ideas as is her style, but please young sewers, don’t spend your hard earned cash on some of this stuff.  Sewing is an amazing thing and getting discouraged is easy. Email me if you have questions about what you REALLY need. It is more about techniques not TOOLS.
Check my store for products and my face book for projects in the works:
Or go to etsy, drop down box for SHOPS and type in Lady Iris Jean
Fb: Iris Jean the artist page or Lady Iris Jean store page(still not working too well)
Sewline Glue Pen
Price: $7.95
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#1: Sewline Glue PenConnie Says: “I LOVE THIS PEN! That is why it is my #1 pick. I glue everything on—rick rack, spaghetti bias, ribbon, piping, hems etc. It dries fast and washes out completely. Less pinning!”

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Havel's Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
Price: $10.95
Havel’s Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
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Applique Scissors
Price: $23.00
Applique Scissors
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#2: Havel’s Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
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#3: Applique ScissorsConnie Says: “These 2 pair of scissors are a staple in my sewing room. Both pair are the best for trimming from behind lace. With the bent handles you can keep you scissors flat with the fabric. Less trimming accidents.”

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Easy Scallop Adjustable Template
Price: $14.99
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#4: Easy Scallop Adjustable TemplateConnie Says: “I do a lot of scalloped hems for Madeira Appliqué. This adjustable template allows you more scallop sizes for less money!”

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Shape 'N Press Board
Price: $42.00
Sale Price: $33.60

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#5: Shape ‘N Press BoardConnie Says: “I have this board on the table or in my lap at all times. Not only is it indispensable for pinning lace shapes, it has printed lace shapes you may need. Also it has the tie off guide for a smocked bishop dress which I always use.”

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Fastube Guide with Tiger Eye
Price: $16.99
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#6: Easy Scallop Adjustable TemplateConnie Says: “I have had fasturn tubes for many years. My problem was making my fabric tube the correct size. With this fast turn guide it is Fool Proof.”

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Monogram Wizard Plus
Price: $350.00
Sale Price: $250.00

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#7: Mongram Wizard PlusConnie Says: “When I want to do a embroidered monogram, I want it to come out right the first time I sew it. You can trust Monogram Wizard to do that. A few clicks and you have a beautiful professional monogram instantly!”

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Martha's Classic Cotton
Price: $12.00/yd
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#8: Martha’s Classic CottonConnie Says: “These are my go to fabrics for sure. They all match and have piping, spaghetti bias, picot edge folded bias trim that all match the fabric. Make sure you make a christening gown from the white. You will love it.”

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Construction Techniques Made Easy with Connie Palmer (DVD)
Price: $39.00
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#9: Construction Techniques Made Easy with Connie Palmer (DVD)Connie Says: “This CD is a must to have on hand while you are sewing. It has some of the easiest plackets. The smocked bishop placket is fail proof. Sew fast and sew smart!”

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Pleated Insert
Price: $10.00
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#10: Pleated InsertsConnie Says: “I have these on hand at all times. Saves me from getting the pleater out when I feel creative.”

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Rag Snips
Price: $40.00
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#11: Rag SnipsConnie Says: “I have had these for a long time and didn’t use them because I wasn’t making a rag quilt. One day my hands hurt and I had to clip curves around necks and sleeves. What a relief! Now they stay out on the table all the time. Give them a try you will love them for this.”

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