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Sewing Notions to Try Now

Threads #214, Summer 2021

Hands-free video control

Vidami Video Looper for YouTube

If you have ever experienced the frustration of trying to keep up with an online sewing video while you learn a new technique, the Vidami Video Looper for YouTube by Utility Design is the notion you didn’t know you needed. Connect it to your computer via USB, place it on the floor, and pause, play, loop, rewind or fast-forward tutorials with a tap of your foot. The pedal’s sturdy construction includes a metal case and buttons, plus nonskid feet. The USB cord is about 4 feet long, and the pedal is 6-1/2 inches wide, 4-1/2 inches long, and 2 inches tall at the back. Tap to see that seam sewn once more, tap again to fast-forward and see the next step, all while keeping your hands at your sewing machine. There are system and browser requirements listed on the Vidami website, as well as links to videos demonstrating its use. Although it was initially marketed as a tool for learning to play the guitar, the Vidami is an investment for anyone looking to learn hands-on skills, such as our beloved sewing, through videos. And yes, it works with ThreadsMagazine.com content.

(Vidami.com; $149.99)


No pins needed 

SewTites Magnum

These handy notions keep fabric in place with the help of magnets. Each SewTites Magnum separates into a plastic top bar embedded with small magnets, and a flat metal piece to be placed beneath the fabric. In at-home testing, the magnets worked through industrial felt and upholstery-weight leather. Every SewTites Magnum has five magnets set into a 4-inch bar. Recommended uses include holding layers for long-arm quilting and keeping beads for weighted blankets in position. The magnets are safe to use with computerized sewing machines. The company donates 5 percent of annual profits to Family, Career and Community Leaders of…

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