Do you have one of these in you quilting tool box?
It’s a hemostast. It’s a tool doctors might use in surgery to clamp off a blood vessel. The end pinches tight together and can lock in place. I’m not a doctor…but I have one in my quilting tool box.
YEARS ago I used to make lots of cloth dolls. A hemostat works perfect for grabbing the inside of a doll leg, clamping the hemostat, then turning the piece right side out. It works great to sneak into an elastic casing and grab the elastic that has slipped out of reach.
Last night, it saved me a couple times. I was busy machine quilting my upcoming Moda Bake Shop quilt.
I was machine quilting and a black thread was between the top of the quilt and the batting (inside the quilt sandwich). There is some light back ground fabric and every once in a while, I would spot a thread under the fabric that was going to show through…See that black thread underneath? It’s under the white backing fabric….you can see the shadow at the tip of the hemostat.
I could sneak that hemostat under the top layer and snag that thread. Several times that little hemostat saved me….The threads are just small, but I didn’t want them to show through. It’s a tool that is quick and easy to use.
I got mine years ago at a “hardware store liquidation sale”. I checked at Amazon and they are available there. Here is a link. 5.5″ KELLY Hemostat FORCEPS (Straight)
I don’t use it all the time…but when I need it, I am real thankful to have it.
I managed to get some pickles made yesterday too…
Here’s 13 jars. The 14th broke in the canner….ugh. At least it was pickles and not salsa.
Today is another busy day….my main goal: Finish the quilt.