Reported by Cassandra Darwin
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I would describe myself as a lazy seamstress (less lazy for quilting, but still looking for shortcuts). So if there is something that can make sewing easier and have less projects end with the seam ripper and frustration…then I am all ears! Enter the Clover Wonder Clips.
These little wonders are a sewing notion offered by Clover as an alternative for pins when you need to hold fabric together. The clips are small, but open wide for working with lots of layers and thicker fabrics.
The clips are strong and stay in place really well – exactly like they are supposed to. So I pulled out some minky fabric that had been giving me trouble. It kept puckering when I pinned it.
I clipped the sides and got ready to sew a straight seam. The bottom of the clips are flat to easily slide up to the presser foot.
Here is where I will reiterate the fact that I am no expert when it comes to sewing. Because I have trouble keeping my two pieces perfectly aligned, I always kept my pins in the fabric until the very last second. But with the clips, because they are so wide, you have to remove them sooner than I usually like to do.
I also had a few instances where the clips caught a bit on the edge of my sewing machine as they were feeding up towards the presser foot.
So the clips were not the perfect solution for this experiment, but I could see the benefits for lots of other projects. Sometimes you are working with delicate fabrics that you don’t want to add extra pin holes to if you don’t have to, like leather or delicate silks. And when you have a lot of thick layers (including batting for quilts) these clips would do a great job of holding everything together. I have heard lots of quilters saying that they only use these clips when doing their quilt bindings now. As far as capacity, these little red clips easily held 8 layers of minky fabric.
I have a quilt that I have been planning and these clips will be on my agenda as I get ready to do the binding. As far as my normal everyday sewing projects, I will probably stick with pins because they let me keep the fabric pinned right up to the presser foot.
- Strong clips with a wide opening for lots of layers and thick fabric (or batting)
- No pin holes and less puckering
- Would also be great for organizing small fabric pieces when quilting
- Clip shape requires it to be removed well before the presser foot
- Clips may get caught on the edge of your sewing machine
Clover Wonder Clips can be found in craft and fabric stores, and are also currently available on Amazon.com in a package of 50 clips. If anyone has used these clips and has some tips I would love to hear them!