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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Sie Macht's Christmas list



One of my favourite bloggers, Erin Van Handel over at the Sie Macht blog, has come up with a great Christmas list that I might just print off and leave lying around the house.

The idea of sewing gift list is an interesting on. Right now today my own personal list would also include a set of Kam snaps and the applicator tool. You can pay a lot for these or get a combo kit with the tool as well as a bunch of different coloured snaps for about $25 on Amazon.

Here that is:





And here are some applied on some practice pieces I used today:


Of the course of my multi project adventures over the years I have used many different snap systems. To be honest most of the one you can get at the local fabric store can be sort of horrifying to use.

Generally there is punching a hole in a perfectly good garment involved, hammers, prongs and pieces that get off centre when you try to hammer them on, or get all dented and flattened if you don't know your own strength or don't have any sense to know when to stop hammering.

And then of course these snaps often end up falling off or pull away from the too big hole you punched in with your handy dandy hole punching tool.

A button and buttonhole you can maybe fix up, a torn out snap hole is much harder.

Well I am happy to report that the Kam snaps are simple to apply, just make a little hole with a stiletto, and do some pressing with the tool you see above, much like using a stapler.

Almost zero upper body strength is required and these babies don't seem to want to ever come loose or out.

Really too, too, easy.

This is really going to change up my baby clothes game a lot. Since my successful afternoon putting in snaps in practice pieces I have more or less been cruising around the house with my tool in hand looking for things that might need a few snaps .... you never know what could be next.

Now over to you.

What would be on your own ideal sewing Christmas list?