Lori Holt (Bee In My Bonnet) has a new gadget out that is kind of fun. Extremely useful too. She calls it Seams Sew Easy. It is a plastic seam guide you can adhere to the bed of your sewing machine with little sticky dots that are re-positionable.
It sure is a lot cuter than my old Angler 2 by Pam Bono Designs! I feel kind of disloyal abandoning my Angler 2, but I couldn't resist. The daisy shape and the invisible sticky dots are a big improvement over my blue painters tape. I am not sure if the Angler 2 is still available, in which case this new model is a great replacement. Also, I believe the Seams Sew Easy may be a bit longer, which is handy for sewing larger half square triangles. I have used my Angler 2 for *years* and have found it the most useful tool. It eliminates the need to draw lines when making half square triangles. And if you are making hundreds of them for a project, you know how nice that feature is. You will cut your piecing time in half!
If you have never used one of these seam guides, I highly recommend you try one out. Here is a quick image of how to use it to make half square triangles:
Position your presser foot a quarter inch from the left hand side of the top point. Keep your eye on the mark that the bottom point is on. You will use that line as your stitching guide as the fabric feeds through the presser foot. When you get to the end, flip the block around and repeat on the other side.
You end up with two stitched lines exactly a quarter inch from the center line (which you did not have to take time to draw). Cut down the middle and you have two half square triangles. You can use this seam guide to make snowball or easy corners too.
Notice for the easy corner stitching you are using the center line as your guide.
The only thing that confused me when I got my Seams Sew Easy was that at first I had no clue how to attach it to my sewing machine bed. "Well, that doesn't make sense", I muttered to myself. "I'll have to get out my blue painters tape after all. How dumb". How dumb is right (me,that is). They are easy to miss, but inside the package are four practically invisible double sided sticky dots. Peel off one side of the plastic film and stick it to the daisy shape. Peel off the other side of film to adhere the daisy shape to your sewing surface. Lori has great photos on how to position it just right, which is critical to the guide functioning perfectly. Also, the Seams So Easy is re-positionable when you need to remove it for bobbin changing, machine maintenance etc. And I bet if those sticky dots ever loose their oomph, they can be replaced too. I think the sticky dots are the same adhesive that keeps movie stars' low cut gowns from becoming a wardrobe malfunction.