It is a ¼” tape that bonds fabrics together permanently when ironed
You can use it for attaching binding to quilts, or making your own fusible bias tape that can be used for appliqué projects. You could also use if for hemming too.
There are instructions on the back of the packaging but it’s really easy to use – you finger press it to the edge of your binding, then peel off the paper (it’s a bit like grease proof paper) then it will have a temporary stickiness to it that helps you position the binding in place without pins - just finger press again. This temporary stickiness is the real unique aspect of this product!
It works in a similar way to wonder tape but the difference is that with steam-a-seam you then permanently set it in place by ironing over it for 20 seconds, whereas the wonder tape just dries up and washes out.
It’s so much quicker than pinning and hand sewing binding on. You could just leave the binding secured only by the ‘steam-a-seam’ or for extra security – just top stitch in place easily without having to mess about with pins.
This next one is great for the latest jeans making craze…..its the Prym Tripod Tool
It is for inserting/applying non-sew fasteners and rivets to fabrics in hard to reach places that the vario pliers can’t get to
It’s perfect for rivets on the pockets of jeans or when you are dealing with thick layers of fabric as the base of the tripod holds the tool steady to avoid slipping or bending of the rivets
The tripod comes on its own and then you can choose your rivets or eyelets separately that come with their own special tool that inserts into the tripod
First you use the little cutter that comes with the rivets or eyelets to make a hole in the fabric (you need a hammer for this).
Then put the tool pieces into the tripod. They have little rubber rings that help to grip onto the rivets and stop them from moving around. Put the side of the rivet that has the spoke on the bottom of the tripod and put the fabric over it, right side facing up.
Place the top of the rivet into the top part of the tripod and place over the top. Then use your hammer again to bang on the white bit and secure the top and bottom parts together, sandwiching the fabric inbetween.
It’s a set of rubber rings that hold different sizes of button with their circle of fabric in place while you secure the back of the button
On the back of the pack are a set of circles corresponding to the different sizes of buttons. You use this to cut out the necessary circle of fabric and then place it wrong side facing up into the grey soft rubber side of the tool
Place the circle of fabric over the corresponding ring for your size of button.
Then push the button into the ring. If you are using mental buttons there will be little metal spikes on the inside of the button that will help to catch the fabric. I just used plastic ones and it was fine with that. On thicker fabrics you might want to put a running stitch around the perimeter of the fabric and pull on it to get the fabric to bunch up.
Put the back of the button on top and then place the hard plastic part of the tool on top and press down to click the button together and trap the fabric in-between – giving you a self covered button
The tool holds the fabric and button steady - which is especially useful for smaller more fiddly buttons.
It also makes it easier to apply pressure to click the front and back of the button together and help avoid catching a bit of your finger in there, which is really sore - trust me!
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I hope you’ve found that useful? If you have any questions, other
tips or experiences with these things please do let me know in the comments!