Friday, August 13, 2010

New vintage sewing gadget!

I've loved the idea of a hem marking device since I first heard about it, but for some reason didn't go looking for one online until my husband suggested it.  Duh!  And usually I am very, very good at buying stuff online, too.  So .... here's what came in the mail this week!

I specifically wanted one of the chalk-spraying types -- they just seem like they'd work better to me.  Plus, the idea of making it spit chalk by squeezing the bulk just seems more fun.  It appears to take cartridge refills -- hopefully I'll be able to find more, or refill the current cartridge.  Anyhow, mine is the Dritz Scovill version from the 1960s, and it's full of chalk dust and ready to rip.  Too bad my current project is a top.   But next time I make something with a skirt, I'll be happy not to have to painstakingly mark and measure all the way around.  


  1. Oh, these do look great! I have seen them in vintage sewing videos and thought "Ooo! I want one" Do you think you'll have to put in pins at the chalk marks too? I just wonder if the chalk may brush off the fabric too easily...I do hope yours works - have fun : )

  2. In my testing, I did find the chalk a bit hard to control -- squeeze the bulb too hard and it will go everywhere! So it has the potential to be very messy. Supposedly you can use a fixed piece of chalk or pins with this marker too, but I'm not quite show how you go about it.

  3. Let me know how it works for you. I have been thinking about getting something like this but i have not been as successful as you.