Friday, April 11, 2008

Pretty Pattern Weights

When you sew, do you pin your patterns to your fabric or do you use weights?

When I discovered pattern weights many, many years ago, I never looked back. Well, I do use pins on occasion---with slippery fabrics, fussy prints, or to hold a pattern piece in place until I mark darts or other markings. But for the most part, I use pattern weights.

Recently I decided to pretty-up my rather boring pattern weights, and I think I went overboard. :-) I now have a few sets listed in my Etsy store. I can't keep them all--just how many weights does a person need?!

I've started a couple new tops, one for Ellen and one for Emily. Pictures will be coming soon, but here's a preview:

Happy Sewing,



  1. Those are very pretty! Do you cut with a rotary or shears? I use pins. :)

  2. Oh cool! I love those! I've been wanting to try weights, but was afraid they would shift too much - I guess they don't ... ?

    These are beautiful!

  3. Nice! What do you use for the weights?

  4. I use dressmaker shears, or scissors like I call them. :-) Well, I do use a rotary cutter for quilts and long, straight cutting, but I use my scissors most.

    These weights are metal, and they do not shift in the least. You will love not having to pin everything down when you use weights....really, if you haven't tried weights, you should. :-)

  5. Both pretty and practical. What a great idea, Ruth!

  6. These are great! I have these pattern weights and love using them, but yours look so much nicer. Great idea!

  7. What a great idea! I've recently 'discovered' pattern weights and I love them.