I had to run to the hardware store at lunchtime to get some more large, flat washers.Â I use them to weigh down the pattern pieces as I cut the fabric with a rotary cutter – they work better than quarters and are WAY cheaper than the “pattern weights” sold in fabric shops.Â (I’m honestly not sure why anyone would pay all that money for a weight, but I suppose alternatives might not occur to you until you were out of the shop.)
Anyway, I was at the hardware store, and remembered (as I was standing in line to buy the washers) that I had meant to find a better way of weighting loose threads.Â Currently I attach a film canister to the thread via a loop of yarn (caught under the lid of the film canister), but this is time-consuming and .Â I’ve tried S-hooks (which appear to work for some people) but they bounce off, get caught on other threads, etc.Â Very frustrating.
So I looked around and found these!
They should be just perfect – snap one around a thread, add washers if you need additional weight, and you’re good to go!
Only one catch: at the hardware store, they sell for $3.00 apiece.Â So I went home, looked around on eBay and found someone selling them for 38 cents apiece (!), postage included, if you bought a pack of 100.
I ordered a bunch.Â Will let you know how it goes once I receive them.