How a magnetic little thingumy took the sewing world by storm…

11 Jan

There’s nothing like a bit of international post to brighten up the day!


This lovely item comes from Australia. One of my favourite countries!

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway hosted by Sew Well

(yes THAT OTHER Amy, of Burda Style and Mood Sewing Network fame!).

She teamed up with Hollie (the inventor of the Seam Allowance Guide) to share an amazing sewing tool.

What is it?

The seam allowance guide is genius in its simplicity; like I said it’s a magnetic thingumy that “sticks” to the side of your scissors with an adjustable rubber band.

Wait it gets better…

When you come to trace those fiddly Burda patterns that don’t include seam allowance you don’t have to worry about adding it on. Just trace it as it appears in the magazine!


Then what…?

Pin your pattern piece to your fabric. Set the band to the required width (or your personal preference) of seam allowance. Then cut lining up the edge of the guide with the edge of your pattern piece.



The pack comes with two guides. One for sloping scissors and one for non-sloping.

Perfect for:

  • Burda Style Magazine patterns = that you’ve laboriously traced by hand while screaming to the sewing Gods “why are you punishing me?!
  • Bought Pattern books = ahem, see above
  • Copying your own clothes = as in Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit (which I just happen to receive as a Christmas gift)
  • Creating patterns from scratch = of which I’m just dipping my toes in to like a terrified kitten
  • Altering patterns = well hello, it’s hard enough measuring the right fit and then having to calculate ease, and THEN having to add seam allowance

Two thumbs up from me.

I’ve put it to work 7 hours after receiving it.

It would have been sooner if I didn’t have work today!

7 Responses to “How a magnetic little thingumy took the sewing world by storm…”

  1. sewexhausted January 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    That is an absolutely amazing little thingumy!!!

  2. niekemieke January 12, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Ordered one as well. I hated drawing seam allowance, was always tempted to ‘guess’ it!

  3. Amanda January 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    This is super cool! Come pay day I’m going to be ordering one!

  4. niekemieke January 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for some awards. I was given some awards and wanted to share the love. You can find it at

  5. IngeMaakt January 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I have been using these for over a year now and I still love love love them. So usefull! In my sewing class I learned to transfer the seamallowance bij thread-tracing around the pattern. I’m glad I can skip that step by using the seam allowance guide, it saves massive amounts of time!

  6. velosewer February 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    I saw this thingumy; ordered it; recieved it in 2 days; have used it ever since. I love it!!!!

  7. Amy February 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Somehow I missed this post! Yay! I’m so glad you like the gadget. I’ve gotten so much use out of it, too.

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