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Those who sew know – Haby!


haby – slang for – haberdashery ˈhabədaʃəri/
noun – small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.

A few weeks ago in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Group we had a chat about what haby items people couldn’t live without.  I loved this thread because I LOVE haby even more than stationery – which given the numbers of notebooks, pens, clips and pencil sharpeners I own is saying something!!!

Are you a haby lover? How many of these do you recognise?  How many of these do you own?
Picture A couple of these were new to some of our members, but this is what those who nominated them had to say about them . . .

Tailor’s Awl
: Sas said “My favourite haby item is the TAILORS AWL. I can not live without it. I use it each and every time I sew. I use it to hold small or sharp points in the fabric still so that the fabric doesn’t bunch or get stuck when sewing. Once you get to the corner you pivot your fabric for your next run and inset the tip of the Awl under the foot and into the fabric, start sewing slowly while gently easing the fabric through with the Awl. you will get a nice neat turn 99% of the time… I also use it to make holes for eyes in my animals, holes to apply snaps, to gently dig out a point on a collar once it is turned…and I am always finding new uses, it is the first haby object I grab for most applications… oh yes, I love my Tailors Awl……/2402-tailors-awl.html

Finger Swivel Knife: Melisa said “great for buttonholes/magnet prongs/welt pockets +more. Love it for cutting my buttonholes. Gives great control never have slipped past the ends with it. I use it to insert all my magnets for bags. it has a tiny scalpel blade so can be very precise which also is perfcet for welts when you have to cut really close to the corners This is mine

Thread Clippers: Debra said “They’re in every room in my house too So handy and fit neatly into the palm of your hand. The point is perfect for unpicking and sharp enough to cut buttonholes. You can drop even them and they don’t get wrecked!”

The One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Group on Facebook is a great place to ask questions, share your creations & your love of sewing.
With over 1000 members there’s a wealth of sewing experience to tap into, which is where the “Those who sew know” topics came from.
This series of articles will round up what people have had to say about these topics.
To have your say be sure to join the group!

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1 Comment to “Those who sew know – Haby!”

  1. Debra Verrall 20/06/2014 at 12:07 am

    Great wrap up Jen. Thanks for sharing my advice about the thread clippers. I just love them.


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