Good tools are a sewist’s best friend.
A well-powered sewing machine, a speciality foot to help guide edgestitching or insert an invisible zipper,Â just the right scissors thatÂ trim seam allowances effortlesslyâ€”Norm Abrams himself would marvel at the array of tools available to make the job of sewing easier, faster, or more precise.
I recently purchased a new tool, and amÂ just tickled pink with how wellÂ the Simflex Expanding Gauge Â marks buttonholes. I just happened to have a new blue shirt that needed buttons and buttonholes, and I was curious if there would be any difference between my old marking system and the Simflex. I marked the buttonholes using my “old school system” first by drawing the center front line +Â measuring the buttonhole placement lines with a 2-inch C-Thru ruler and a red Frixion marking pen. (I sort of followed the pattern markings, but definitely needed to adjust placementÂ for my shape.)
Then I lined up the Simflex Expanding Gauge on top of the buttonhole marks I had made withÂ the ruler and marking pen. Look! A discrepancy! I know, I know,Â it is rather a small amount, but admit itâ€”there is aÂ tiny alignment difference between the manual measurements and the Simflex. Possibly only enough difference to matter to a truly nerdy sewing geek, but since I am a sewing geekÂ goddess, I plan on using this tool for marking all buttonholes henceforth. And for less than $20,you can too. 🙂