No Terrible Tools Tuesday today, I thought I would change things up and blog about a tool that I bought, use, and LOVE!
Meet The Strip Stick by Babb Enterprises. I picked these up from a vendor at the AQS Show in Paducah, Ky. I know, I know, I'm doing Tools Tuesday just because of all the demonstrations I've seen at quilt shows where I always buy what's being demonstrated then don't use, or don't remember how to use. But after all those misses, this one is a hit!
These bars are used for pressing seams. I guess you could use them for any type of sewing but they are perfect for quilters. The last few years I've started pressing my seams open. Sometimes seams need to be pressed a certain way, but if there's not a reason for a seam to be pressed a certain way, I press open.
If you press your seams open also, I'm sure you've experienced the same problem I had, pressing one seam open is a breeze, pressing one seam open in a pieced block, without pressing other seams closed is sometimes a trial.
This tools changes all that.
You lay the block that is to be pressed across the middle of the stick, which I think is some sort of wood that doesn't warp, with a flat bottom and a curved top, covered in batting. It's the curved top that makes this tool so wonderful.
So after the block is in place you press the seam open. And yes I use steam, that's how I know it doesn't warp!
The thing that's wonderful is that your iron is only pressing the seam running down the middle of the bar, the other seams fall to the side. In addition to only pressing the seam you want to press, this bar keeps the strip, block or border from becoming distorted.
Here's a picture from the The Strip Stick's website that shows how easy it is to press strip sets.
See how the other strips just fall out of the way!
I've been using this strip for 4 months now and love it. You can also use this stick for pressing seams to one side, but I don't bother, I've never had any trouble pressing seams to one side.
The sticks come in two sizes, an 18 inch stick, which I keep on my ironing board at all times, and a 45 inch stick, which is great for pressing those long seams where you've connected your rows or added your border.
The 18 inch stick is $8.99 and the 45 inch stick is $15.99. You can order them from their website. The website also has a tutorial, testimonials and lists shops that carry their products and upcoming shows where they'll be selling their sticks. It's thestripstick.com
For full disclosure, I'll make a dollar off of every stick you buy from them, hahaha, just kidding, you know me better than that, Babb Enterprises has no idea who I am, I'm just one of the hundreds of customers that bought and carried these sticks all over the Paducah Quilt Show, then came home, used it, and fell in love with it.
If you've used this stick or one like it, leave a comment, good or bad. Sometimes it takes up an hour or two of my time to do a Tools Tuesday post, and I love it that other folks either learn something new or have something to add to each post, but I love it even more when I learn something from the comments.
Last week, several folks left comments that they used and loved that Quilt in a Day ruler, and I was so glad they did. I find it interesting the way we can do things differently, or do what works best for us, and still get great results.
I hope you have a terrific Tuesday to go with this Tools Tuesday post!