Chain, Chain - Snip, Snip
by Carmon Henry
I am teaching my daughter to chain stitch piece, and she was fascinated that you could just “keep going” after stitching each small section without having to stop.
So, when my close friend came over last week to do our weekly sewing and quilting day I caught her using her Thread Snips after chain stitch piecing several of the pieces for our Quilt-Along (the type of quilt along where your friend calls you up and says “let’s sew this quilt together”).
There is something so satisfactory when you get to the end of the pile of pieces and they’re all sewn together in one long chain. It makes me think of those long paper chains we used to make as a kid when we counted down the days until Christmas – every tear off of a paper link was another day we had accomplished in the long line of days ahead. That similar sense of accomplishment is felt when I actually get to snip the long chain into one completed little pile…. only better, because I get to snip the chain all at one time. Granted, that finished pile only becomes a mounting pile on the ironing board, but this post is about the joy of snipping, not the back-aching time of ironing.
So, if you haven’t tried the little Thread Snips, I personally recommend them. Their ease of use and economical price point make them an essential tool to have on hand. Like quilting friends, you simply cannot have too many – you need one at the Singer Featherweight, at the ironing board, at the cutting mat, at the other sewing machine and then a couple more for when you walk into the kitchen to get a cup of tea and they disappear into the abyss of misplaced scissors.