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Thread: Make Your Own Pattern Weights

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    Make Your Own Pattern Weights

    I don't know why these pictures are so big, I resized them to the smallest size in Windows Gallery. I think I need to reinstall HP Photo which I'm used to dealing with.

    Instead of sewing pattern weights I decided to make some fairly inexpensive, washable pattern weights out of heavy nuts.

    I tried resting them in an egg carton which didn't work well, when they dried they had loose spots where it touched. So I'm going to dip them again and hang them over a box.

    A can of the Plasti-Dip will double coat 10 large nuts. These are about 1.5" wide x1" deep and weigh about 4 oz.

    Husband mentioned I could use rubberized spray paint, so I think I'll touch them up with that.

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    very clever and thanks for showing us how you made them
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    I am going to be very ignorant here and ask what are pattern weights and how are they used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by busy fingers View Post
    I am going to be very ignorant here and ask what are pattern weights and how are they used?
    Pattern weights are used to hold patterns in place without pins while you cut the fabric. They are especially useful when you are using fabric that does not heal from pin holes such as vinyl. I have used them when I was sewing a wedding dress that was satin. They are also handy to hold things steady when rotary cutting especially if you have a longer piece of fabric that wants to slip around.

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    I got some fishing weights when we were in Florida - I should dip them!!!
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    Thanks!

    I suggest hanging them from a rod, with a box underneath. They get coated better.



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    I purchased washers about the size of a half dollar, then I made Yo-Yo's and put the washers into the Yo-Yo's, pulled the thread to complete the Yo-Yo's, tied it off and I had weights. Very inexpensive and colorful.
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    I just use fishing weights...never dipped or anything fancy... I might look for some large nuts, but bet I never bother to dip them..LOL

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    Why do you have to dip them?--besides they are prettier dipped. Would there be a problem of some mark coming off the bolts unto fabric? Just wondering.

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    Great idea and I'm going to put the Hardware Store on my list to get nuts and the plastic dip. I think this is a fabulous idea, and thanks for sharing.

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