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This is delightful as always. I'm inspired to make myself a hand stitching kit, so that I'm not having to make multiple trips between the couch and my office(I work from home). Or have to go in search of my little snips that get left in random locations.
note to self, learn how to use thimble. I did not know that you could bring sewing supplies on the air plane. Yay! you may have saved me from hours of being bored on the plane! The last time I flew to visit family, TSA looked through my book bag, because I had a whole bag full of books. For my sister. They said they needed to search for it weight purposes? I told them the books where Little House on the Prairie series and they where welcomed to go through them. lol.
Question from a beginner (soon to be marrying a historical reenactor): where on Earth can you find the 2-ply linen thread???
We stan the organized time travelling queen.
I haven't flown international in a while, but the last time I flew domestic we weren't allowed to take scissors, needles or pins with us. My mum likes to knit and she had to put her knitting in her luggage, lest the needles be confiscated.
While somewhat interesting…. I feel this is fading from other videos unfortunately Bernadette. You have an entertaining factor that you might need to keep up dear. Love Peace and and Happiness from your faithful follower Juanita
I found the evidence for the leather thimble. I wish I could remember if I tried to send it to you or not. Great Video. Good to know about thee scissors and travel too.
Happy New Year!Thanks for the new video.
What's in my Sewing Bag?🤔…Well, sewing supplies I'd imagine
My mother recently forced me to try embroidery because I enjoy hand stitching so much. I'm in love, with this my want to hand stitch is no longer 'irrational and pointless' (sister in laws words). But I also recently purchased a 1959 kenmore sewing machine, its vintage and makes my heart sing. I see a lot more sewing in my future.
I found my great great… great? grandma's mobile sewing kit. It is a roughly 2'x2' square of fabric with a circle in the middle. The circle is 2" fabric with elastic at the top to keep everything inside. The bottom of the circle is also thicker to make it more stable. It can unfold to have all of the supply in front of you. Plus, you can fold it in to keep everything contained. It has shears with her name etched into the side from the company located in Sheffield, just East of Manchester along with a mobile darning egg that contains tiny amounts of thread and a few needles in the middle. Maybe someday you could update your bag to be more historically accurate as well? Although for flights, the bag in the video seems to be the better option. I'll try to remember to take a picture tomorrow and add it as a comment.
They wanted to see your book because people use them to smuggle drugs into them. Like sheets of ecsatsy or mdma
I love that all of (mostly) the items in your sewing bag are ones that are practical and useful. I put on your videos when I need some sewing inspiration or background company as I am merrily sewing along. Thank you so much for being inspirational. Keep on doing the things.
I had a pair of similar scissors taken from me at the airport in French Polynesia.
What a wonderful and useful gift that pouch was! I didn’t know about thread counters. That’s a fantastic little gadget.
In lieu of having your safety pins floating around freely in your sewing bag, may I make a suggestion? Altoids. Yes! Those "Celebrated Curiously Strong Mints"! The "Smalls" tins are perfect for storing sewing notions! I have them in my sewing box to store various types of buttons.
You telling the story of going through the airport and having them ignore your scissors reminded me of the time I was flying from China to Japan and there was this lady yelling at security because they were not allowing her to take full sized scissors on the plane. She just straight up grabbed them from the security guy and tried to put them back in her bag while screaming at him. It was an adventure.
I learned to sew with thimble while I did a ridiculous amount of sewing in leather. You really don't want to push a needle through leather without a thimble. So that is indeed a good way to learn the technique. I can't sew without one now except when I do cross stitch in aida weave
I am wondering if I now want to make a new sewing kit… Because mines in a box (due to it needing to be robust for LARP) it may be an excuse to get more pretty things….
Lovely – thank you 🥰👏
you can sharpen scissors by cutting tin with them. obviously be careful if it's any kind of thick (like a can, for example) but foil works as well.
"I'm not loyal to anything in particular, it's the size and thickness I find to be most important" 😏
I always enjoy reading the comments on your videos. Such a lovely, homely feeling for me. You’ve amassed a wonderful following Bernadette.
Rather than a sewing bag, I have a wee box someone once gave me with something in – it nicely fits all the essentials (though apparently no space for any last scraps of sanity!) and has wee Scottish things all over it. Unfortunately it's a more awkward shape to fit into larger bags, but it's very cute anyway!
Hello Ms. Banner. What materials do you recommend for the measuring tape?
I love this. My mom, or anyone for that matter, never taught me how to sew(self taught to get by in a pinch) so although this is 101 to alot of people, I learned alot. And being an old school punk, I can attest to the fact that you can't ever have too many safety pins.
If you were from the South, your sewing kit would be in an old cookie tin. 😉
After I heard, “you can never have too many safety pins,” I absentmindedly commented to myself, “true story!”
Could you do a video, or even just a comment, explaining how thimbles male finished garments look better? I never want to use them because they’re just so clunky!
Haha! What kind of copy of Harry Potter did they inspect?
If you want to sharpen a pair of scissors you can do so by cutting into a piece of aluminum foil. Not sure about the sustainability of buying aluminium foil versus buying a new pair of scissors though.
"keep the beeswax out of extreme heat…"Cries in Australian summer
Number 10 sharps. Thankyou. I feel like I’ve won the lottery. Those were the sweetest words. I’ve been asking and searching for that perfect needle size for ages. Nobody ever says the number of the needle they are using. It’s so frustrating.
Hahaha, yes the safety pins! One should always have some nearby wherever you travel! And I think I have one of those thread counters, I didn't know what it was for.
I just thought of a tip for everyone, you can make nice leather thimbles out of old leather gloves, make sure the tips fit you snug. When you cut the tops off the glove fingers, just put a few stitches in so it doesn't come undone on the seams, you can also make them fit more snug here too. Different thicknesses of leather obviously are better for certain jobs. Keep the palms of the gloves, they are nice cut then stitched onto fingerless mittens, so when you're out hiking it's easier to grip things.
I really love coil- less safety pins. I use them in KNITTING for a stitch marker, then I started using then in SEWING.Purchase them from Schoolhouse Press. Tell them Teri Adams referred you. They are a very very reasonable price.
I have two thimbles that belonged to my great grandmother, whom I never met as she passed away when my grandmother was just 19 years old. One thimble is sterling silver engraved with her initials. The thimbles fit me perfectly! It’s as though great grandma is reaching out to me from all those years ago.🤗 And yes, using a thimble does speed and improve my hand stitching. I also have her antique bird embroidery scissors, which are loose and unusable, but I love them just the same.
That's a useful "every day carry" 😉
I don’t do a lot of sewing on the go, so my essentials are in a small basket that I carry everywhere. I literally just have needles on a handmade pin cushion, thread, scissors, seam ripper (that’s gone a little dull), safety pins, and leftover wool from crochet projects. I also did do some sewing this week; I made a skirt, blouse and traditional cheongsam for Chinese New Year 🙂
my mom recently got me a sewing box from the thrift store filled with stuff (i imagine the staff didn’t want to sort through it), mainly notions but also some really useful little things, including a thread counter! all for the value of €5, hahaseeing this really wants to make me reorganise my supplies
Wonderful video! I need to get in the habit of using little snippy scissors to cut thread when I'm sewing… there is a noticeable dent in my front teeth from cutting my thread…. the wrong way!
I keep a measuring tape rolled up in one of those plastic caps off the top of a medicine bottle. The cap is normally used to measure a dose of medicine eg: 1 teaspoon etc. I find it keeps the tape in one place instead of rolling itself around everything else in my sewing/old free makeup bag from Boots.
There is a ripper in my handy stash as well. I don't like ripping, but I have accepted that it's an integral part of sewing
i love hand sewing now and it was you who got me really into it. I finally made my first prodject for someone all by hand and she cried. I find it really relaxing (minus when i lose my thimble) and to have someone think oh you did that with a sewing machine and im like no i did it all by hand and people are amazed and i feel really proud of what i made. I just cant wait to watch your videos and feel like i have a sewing buddy >w< thank you Bernadette tell next time Amber ♥
I'm shocked TSA let those scissors through they confiscated my fingernail clippers!
I don't sew, but I need to put this kind of kit together for the occasional escaped button and seam separation of beloved garments.
Nan always carried a tin with sewing supplies and stick plasters.
TSA probably just wanted to read Harry Potter and was contemplating whether or not they could get away with taking it to read on break.
I have cross-stitched a design for a needle holder. I just need to sew it all together. There'll be a piece of felt inside to hold the needles, and it'll look like a cute little book.
I've traveled the world and yet to find sanity in the bottom of any of my bags. I'll keep looking but I'm pretty sure mine is permanently lost.
I'd love to like sewing just to immerse on your tips and develop the necessary discipline and stuff, it's trully inspiring and motivational even when you don't touch these subjects necessarily.
on my recent travels i had my food knife and tiny scissor taken from me:( the foodknife was over 6 cm of "blade" and the tiny scissor was apparently too stabbable….. they were fine the 4 flights prior….. im not upset..
I found a zippered sewing case, probably leatherette from the 1950's, 8"x4" and all kitted out, including a built in velvet pincushion, in a thrift store…it's the best for travel! (failed at attaching photo).
I have a little sand pouch in my travel kit to sharpen pins. I'm still not entirely sure if that actually works but I'm not about to start questioning grandmas wisdom now
Very cool, thanks! .....i love you
I started watching your videos in December as they just popped up in YouTube. I have been occupied with ball dress that I wanted to add little bit more as it has been used twice before me and there wasn't any shoulder traps. It's made from delicate fabric and the front is full of blings so hand-sewing was the only choice. And I could never imagine that I could enjoy more of it! And because of that I have watched way too many of your videos and just love to see how you progress. I am assuming that falling into your videos caused today, maybe a majure problem/project for me for this coming year. I was today avoiding my homework from history and ended up sketching graduation dress for my self. Now I am so in love with the sketch that I really want to do it! And I want to do atleast some of it by hand-sewing! I have no patterns for it, just ideas which patterns to use so it will be a long process. You have got one person more into hand-sewing. You should be proud of yourself!
I treated myself with a little box with a magnetic bottom to store needles in. I have really big hands for a woman and am constantly struggling with picking needles out of little boxes. This one made my life a lot easier. Looks like a lipstick, you can screw it and it will lift and fan out your needles. Love it!
Hi Bernadette! I was just thinking that it would be cool to see if you could challenge yourself to use your cabbage to create historical dolls fashion. It could be very interesting to try a new style of sewing and test your skills to a new extreme. Thank you for your amazing videos!
Our school had a male home ec class I never took called bachelor survival. Just basic sewing and cooking projects
Loved seeing this.Thank you!
When my mom passed her sewing machine fell silent and none of her soaps on tv. The silence was awful.
I don't sew very often anymore (I would like to pick up the habit again, its something I very much enjoy when I have the time for it), but I'm working on a very small project this week, altering the sleeves on a blouse for a friend of mine. My work isn't as neat as I would like it to be yet, but your videos inspire me to be better, and I hope someday I'll be able to sew much more frequently and take on bigger projects with confidence.
I do not stitch or anything I cant make clothes I have never tried. I found these and they are very inspiring very nice to watch. So thank you for being super nice and I think I'll give it a try!
Seam ripper? And how do you feel about needle threaders? You probably don't need them, but I'm old, so . . . And re: loose stuff in the bottom of a bag – that is one thing I am absolutely obsessive about not doing. It drives me crazy.
Me: has perfected the art of the hand sewing bag, does not need any advice on how to maintain one, personally
Also me: pumped to watch Bernadette tell me all the basics I already know
Leather conditioner for your thimble? Leather is skin and it gets dry just like your hands or feet…just saying.
I cannot sew by hand without a thimble. I have hardly ever seen any other sewers using a thimble! You have taken your sewing bag contents to a new level!
Recently I visited a friend in bavaria and took my essential sewing supplies with me. My most loved scissors had to stay at home because if I would lose them I would not be complete. The shape of the outside edge of the blades is rounded and they are a bit longer than my hand is wide. I was shown in fashion school how to hold the blades close to the tip of the scissors with your tumb and two fingers to slide it open without using those "loops". It's difficult to explain because I have never seen anyone else use this technique. I can only do it with those scissors.Regarding sewing pins, I also use those basic steel ones. Mine are fine and extra hardened steel from Prym. I mostly buy my sewing supplies from them. I also always have a roll of magic tape and the magic water erasable pen from Prym with me. I know it's not historically accurate but I don't sew historical dresses so I am not ashamed to confess that I use whatever works for me to make a neat and accurate work.
Dear, Dear Bernadette, how can you possibly consider a sewing kit that doesn't have a NEEDLE THREADER???? I'd never get anything done without one. I can't see the @#$% needle eye and the thread gets very fussy about going through a needle I can't see. Oh no, needle threader. Essential! I don't carry a sewing bag. Mine is a plastic box that opens on both sides so supplies have their own slots. It's about 9 x 7 inches and fits nicely in the pocket on the side of my carryon.
Before the video about leather thimble, I didn't realise how to use it. But now I do, and it made a huge difference! (Although I wear it on the non-dominant hand. Maybe that's not correct, I just don't see my fingers when I hold fabriс and tend to stab them all the time…)
Hi Bernadette I guess it may sound silly but you inspired me to fix a sweater! The whole side seam came undone from wrist to hip last year and I honestly wouldn't have fixed it myself without your encouragement for us newbies to try anyway (I would probably have taken it to my auntie otherwise) and it came out good! Like wearable! There aren't any holes in between stitches though I must admit that knit was rather forgiving as I am pretty sure I made quite a few mistakes. Regardless, thank you for the inspiration 🙂 I did a whip/whisp stitch (not sure how it is called, it is the really really tiny one) and I wouldn't even have known it existed without you! Now fixing clothes by hand isn't nearly as scary. Thank you so much. Please have a wonderful 2020.
I just got another spool of the unbleached linen thread yesterday. Also got some unbleached linen for a haversack.
Im curious if you've noticed your entire kit is beautifully color coordinated, including the bag 😆
Scissors on planes warning: Australian airports are not forgiving. My sister and I have both lost tiny scissors to Australian airports. Me about 20 mins ago, so I'm still salty. If they had rounded tips I might have been able to keep them.
I have mint tins that I put magnetic strips in. I use one to hold my needles and one to hold my pins.
You converse quite eloquently. This brings me elation.
I use a pill bottle with the needles pinned into a thick fabric and I keep the leather thimble on top. 🙂
Your English is amazing
The one time TSA searched my bag was also for a book. Apparently anything over 400pages is hard for the X-ray machine to penetrate. It was Outlander btw lol super thick book. I love watching your YouTube videos!
I'm a Patternmaker, primarily in 1/2 scale, so I carry a case instead of a bag. Inside is some cardstock, 1/2 a clear plastic ruler, various pens, pencils, and erasers. Non reflective tape thet takes to pencil or pen, and the cases of it's discarded relations who come in handy when working cuves. Also, a pin or awl, and whatever loose paperwork I need. Actual paper, even 1/2 scale is carried separately. Completed patterns are stored in files, with the directions and smaller pieces kept in an envelope, usually with the pattern name, size, and pieces on it.
"Safety pins strewn about my room…" my life, the air I breathe…
Also, one of my cats likes to pull safety pins off of things. I..I don't understand why. He's a weird cat who does weird things.
Those TSA guards weren't suspicious of your book: they were fellow Potterheads looking for spoilers.
I use a holder for lead for my needles as long as they are not too long it works great.
I like to use an old pill bottle for my emergency stitch kit, since it's sturdy, can be seen into, fits in my pocket, and needles have no way of sneaking out. Plus, it can be used as an a makeshift darning egg, and the cap can be a little bowl if screwed in upside down. One odd item I usually have is a hairpin or bobby pin. The latter functions well as a clip when I don't want to use a pin, and you never know when it will be useful, if you're willing to get creative.
i dont sew…
My mum made me a really sweet little needlebook and I keep an assortment of needles of different lengths in there. It's just pieces of cabbage that were large enough to be sewn together to create doubles and then a mid seam was sewn in to make a 'spine'? It's a really lovely piece in my sewing supplies even if I only do embroidery and not garment work… yet 😀
OMG I just forgot I lost a needle in my bed!
Oooh I do hand sowing too also really love my compact sowing bag 😁
Judging by the wear on your leather thimble you might want to try a coin thimble. Very similar to yours but it has a metal pad under an additional retainer piece. Very comfy to use and last an age I can assure you. Nice to see a Printers Loupe being utilized too! I've made leather pouches from the sleeves of leather jackets, waste not, want not and made good use of the already in situ chunky brass zipper. They also make for great camera lens covers if anyone needs a project idea.
Considering the knife violence that’s happening in London, I find it surprising that they didn’t give a toss about your pointy things, probably just because you’re a women and like 99% of all knife crimes are committed by men, but still….
I’ve flown my sewing machine in a hard sided backpack many many times and the TSA is always completely baffled as to what it even is- 9 times out of 10 after explaining its a sewing machine they tell me how their grandma sews. 😂
I found the EXACT same Singer sewing machine that you used in some of your videos in my local charity shop but it was just for DECORATION!
"stitching with pliers" totally haven't done that before (nervous laugh)
try John James needles they are exquisite
My hand sewing bag is an old holographic ouija board makeup bag I was given years ago- it's hilariously unaesthetic and I love it so much. I'll be pulling my fabric out of my bag and everyone will be like wow what a serious person with somber fabric choices and then…the bag. (Also, for fellow UK sewers, I have found that The Tudor Tailor on Etsy has very nice linen thread for historical hand sewing that comes with beeswax. I'm about to dye some green with spinach dye for the Ridiculous Medieval Project That Will Never End so I'm hoping it goes well.)
For some reason I was unsubbed 😕 thank goodness I’ve binged watched recently you still showed up on my recommended page 💕 resubbed right away! Anyway….
Bernadette, I found a pattern for a walking skirt online. I’m not sure if it’s historically accurate but it seems easy enough for a slightly confident beginner like myself 🙈 we are going to Scotland this summer and I’m convinced I need to make a Wool walking skirt to stay warm. And keep it for winters and fall..even though in Southern California we don’t get as many seasons..this year we had a pretty shocking low. & by that I mean we got to 50 degrees in the day time 🥶 looking at wool is so satisfying 💕
So my purse contains my sanity?! Thats where it went? Well then…It has passed on to another dimension because thats what the bottom of my purse leads to. I hope someone is using it well. lol
blasphemy: I use silicone thimbles and love them
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