Jokingly I said to my husband that I would write this post as a guide map for some of the notions I have on hand - in case the kids ever need to clean out what I leave behind one day. After taking just a few shots (grouped) of some of what's on hand, I realized I may not be joking after all! I know I love notions, some believe I'm nuts for notions!
Why am I so fascinated by all the notions available to those who sew, crochet, knit, etc.? If I knew the answer to that, I would know the answer to why men collect tools with the same fervor.
There are standard everyday notions that I can sew with and get by just fine: thread, needles (machine and hand), seam ripper or razor, seam gauge, measuring tape, pins and scissors.
Then, there are the notions that are the next step up and a different type of notion. The type that make the job a bit faster, easier, less tedious; they make sewing a joy, not a task. These are the notions that I search for in my favorite online stores. There are people who shop for tools, women shop for hours for shoes and dresses. I can spend an evening browsing online and in the sales flyers filled with notions. There are the notions I order multiples of, in case one breaks, or I give one away, or (shudder) lose one.
A perfect example of a notion that has made sewing on a daily basis a snap is a little tool called, "That Purple Thang". Honestly, I have used several items before I placed this in my must have collection - knitting needles for pushing corners out, safety pins for running elastic, chop sticks, crochet hooks and more. This small unassuming notion has elevated my enjoyment of running basic hems in formals and is now in my "willl not do without" basic notions.
Notions are more than hand tools; there are snaps, tapes, elastics, cords, loops and more. Each one of the shelves and drawers shown hold multiples of the types of notions called for in patterns or that you would need to replace when performing alterations or tailoring. Here is where I confess the desire to own each color and/or size available so they are on hand when a customer requires it. There's nothing worse than having to make a customer wait for an order of notions to arrive before their order can be serviced.
There are others I keep close at hand for frequent use each day; others that are in various places in my workshop that are used ofen, but not so much I need them close by. Some of the items I enjoy using are antique, such as the pinking machine (shown). You can run long lengths of fabric through it and pink the edge instead of using hand cramping pinking shears for cutting yards at a time.
To make this a full confession, there are two more rooms in the house and two closets in other rooms that house notions and fabrics used often but I have no space for in the workshop. Tulle, specialty fabrics, fiberfill, batting, chiffon, satin, laces, body forms for fitting, work tables, ironing equipment, packing and more all are neatly housed in spare closets and rooms.
It's a good feeling to know specific, frequently needed notions are on hand, in the right color and size when it's needed for an order. It's always satisfying as well to know it's not a collection that will not be put to use, it's all useful inventory, gathered with guilt free pleasure.
What are your favorite notions? Are there specific catagories you search for most? Whatever your favorites are and whatever their purpose, I wish you success and inspiration with your work or hobbies, today and always.